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James Leon Sauder

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On July 22, 2016 @ 2:50 pm In Obituaries | 2 Comments

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James L. “Lee/Skip” Sauder, 91, of Willow Street, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 21, 2016 following extensive heart issues for many years.

He was married 65 years to Rose Marie Lines Sauder.  Born in Mountville, he was the son of the late Clarence and Melba Hershey Sauder.

James graduated from Stevens Trade as a Machinist and then worked for Wickersham Construction for 36 years from 1950 to 1986.  He was named a job foreman in 1963 and was known for his perfection in carpentry.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 3 ½ years during World War II, traveling to Europe and Iceland and served in the Japanese Invasion.

He had been a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and was a member of the choir for over 50 years.   He recently became a member of Grace Community Church in Willow Street.  Lee enjoyed traveling extensively with the Silver Threads following his retirement.  He enjoyed boating on the Chesapeake Bay, fishing, and water skiing.

Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Susanne, wife of Larry Kline of Willow Street, and  Barbara, wife of Dale Andrews of East Petersburg;  daughter-in-law Stephanie Sauder of Lancaster; three grandchildren, Kimberly, wife of Erik Hoferer, Tamara, wife of Brian Gouger, and Mark, husband of Janet Andrews; six great grandchildren, Sarah and Heather Andrews, Austin and Zackary Hoferer, and Justin and Alexander Gouger; and a sister Rosalie Johnson of Lancaster.  He was preceded in death by a son, James Sauder, a granddaughter Shari Weaver, a brother Clarence Sauder, and a sister Minnie Stevenson.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at Grace Community Church, 212 Peach Bottom Road, Willow Street, PA with Pastors Michael Sigman and Wilmer Martin officiating.  Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service.  Interment with full military honors in Conestoga Memorial Park, Lancaster, PA.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Sauder’s memory may be made to the Building Fund at Grace Community Church, 212 Peach Bottom Road, Willow Street, PA  17584 or to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA  17604-4125.

Condolences for the family of “James Leon Sauder”

Condolence from Karen Ulmer Wagner & Randy on July 23rd, 2016 2:46 am

Mrs Sauder & Larry & Sue – I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s death. I know he has had heart issues for some time but now he is with the Lord. and Jim. where we will all meet again someday. Please take care and if there is anything we can do for you please let us know.

Condolence from Mary on July 24th, 2016 3:40 pm

To Jim’s family,
Heaven has gained another beautiful voice in the choir! He will be missed here on earth. We reflected upon his amazing gifts this morning and fondly remembered the guidance Jim provided to newer choir members weather it was a female tenor, a rambunctious teenager, a talkative member who should be attention to the director, or a soul needing extra guidance, we knew we could count on Jim. When his vertigo set in, we flanked him with strong steady youth and kept him away from the steps. When you didn’t want him driving into choir practice, he became my body guard. Jim was dependable, faithful, kindhearted and sincere. He lived his faith in both words and deeds. Even as his health was fading his concern for others was evident. May you treasure the beautiful memories with Jim and find comfort knowing that he is where his head has stopped spinning, his lungs can get a full breath and where strawberries never go out of season. I know he has already found his place in the heavenly choir. With much love and prayers for peace and comfort,
Mary Elisabeth

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