Gerald E. Saunders

Born: Wed., Apr. 29, 1931
Died: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 02, 2017
Location: Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility, Inc.

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Sat., Dec. 02, 2017
Location: Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility, Inc.

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Gerald Saunders, 86, of Canton, PA passed away unexpectedly with loved ones beside him on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital.
Gerald was born in Grover, PA April 29, 1931, the last surviving child of the late Franklin and Lilly (Bastion) Saunders.  He married the former Joyce Marie Shadduck Dec. 21, 1949 in Grover.   They shared over 66 years of marriage and raised three children before her passing on Dec. 3, 2016.  Gerald was always one to stay busy.  He was a handyman who could do about anything he put his mind to.  He was employed by the former Facet/Purolator Enterprices in Elmira Heights for over 33 years until retiring in 1983.  He then enjoyed driving for Endless Mountains Transportation Authority for 10 years.  In earlier years, he worked at Canton’s Belmar, Swayze’s, Landon Cedar Ledge and drove for Canton Ambulance.   As a young man, Gerald was a member of the Grover Church of Christ before becoming a member of the Church of Christ, (Disciples of Christ) in Canton.  He was a life-member of Canton’s Innes Hose Company and served in several positions including Assistant Fire Chief.  He also was a dedicated, very active member in the Loyal Order of the Moose Canton Lodge 429 earning their highest honor, the Pilgrim Degree and serving in several offices as well as Governor.   But most important to Gerald were his children, grandkids and great grandchildren.  He also loved to visit with people and he told it as he saw it.  He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and was a former member of the Grover Hunting Camp.  Gerald and Joyce enjoyed camping, especially with special friends Bob and Dorothy Allen.
Surviving are his children; Barry (Gerry) Saunders of Leroy, Diana (Donald) Packard and
Deborah (Dale) Huffman all of Canton, six grandchildren; Russell (Kelly) Freeman of New Jersey, Shawn Packard of Leroy, Nicole (Matt) Allen of Troy, Denise (Corey) Schrader of York, Brian (Jamie) Huffman and Emily Huffman all of Canton, several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his wife Joyce, he was predeceased by six siblings; Ada (Carl) Woodward, Ed (Hazel) Saunders, Calvin (Wilma) Saunders, Jane (Dick) Terry, Wayne (Shirley) Saunders and Eleanor Saunders.
Calling hours are 10 - noon Saturday, Dec. 2, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton.  Rev. Nancy Beahm will officiate the funeral and committal services following visitation.  Burial will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial to the Green Free Library, 38 North Center St. Canton, PA 17724.
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Diane & Don Stout
   Posted Sun November 26, 2017
Amazing man, always had a smile and a kind word. He is now with his love, R.I.P. thoughts and prayers for the family. May God Bless you with comfort at your time of loss.

Cliff & Phyllis Welch
   Posted Mon November 27, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to all of the family on the loss your loved one. We will cherish our memories.

Bob & Ruth Palmer Canton Pa
   Posted Mon November 27, 2017
Our deepest sympathy goes your way. Very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this time.

Linda (Babcock) VanNoy
   Posted Tue November 28, 2017
I was so sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. He used to camp with my brother, Bob and Wilma and Bibb George. I truly loved that man - such a great community spirited gentleman. Prayers to the entire family

Connie Snell Vormwald
   Posted Tue November 28, 2017
He was loved by all and well be missed and he is with Aunt Joyce I loved both of them and well miss them so I well never forget connie

LaVerne and Dora McCarty
   Posted Tue November 28, 2017
Our sympathy to all of Gerald's family who he loved so much.

LaVerne and Dora

Charles and Mallory Babcock
   Posted Tue November 28, 2017
We always looked forward to chatting with Gerald, he always made the day a little brighter. Our prayers are with his family and friends and for his reunion with Joyce.

Marlene K. Wilber
   Posted Wed November 29, 2017
To the Saunders Family,

Sorry to hear that Gerald had passed away. Always enjoyed talking to him and I know how much you are going to miss him. Prayers are being asked for you.

Marlene Wilber

   Posted Thu November 30, 2017
Our sincere sympathies to all of Uncle Gerald's family, he was a great guy and always loved family. Treasure your memories of he and Aunt Joyce. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Teresa Pepper
   Posted Fri December 01, 2017
My sincere condolences for your loss. I thought a lot of Gerald, we enjoyed many great talks and lots of trips for work. Bless him, he was a good person.

Carol Pepperman
   Posted Mon December 04, 2017
Thinking of all the family at this time of sorrow. He was my last living uncle on both sides of my family, he will now see Aunt Joyce again, she has been waiting for him. Love To All

James M. Petti
   Posted Tue December 05, 2017
Dear Barry and family,

I know we haven't seen each other in a long time. However, I want offer my deepest condolences to you and your family. Maybe we could get together sometime and rehash some old memories.


Jim Petti Cpl. PSP retired.

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