Gene David Sauder, 77, Le Roy, passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, at Allen County Hospital in Iola.
Gene was born Jan. 10, 1936, on the family farm in Coffey County, the son of Chester Arthur and Helen Eugenia (Elder) Sauder.
He graduated from Le Roy High School and spent the rest of his life in the Le Roy area farming and raising livestock for many years.
On Aug. 5, 1956, he and Patricia JoAnn “Patty” Wright were married in Le Roy.
Gene had served as president of the Le Roy cooperative board of directors.
He was a member of the Le Roy Assembly of God.
In earlier years he was an avid quail hunter.
His wife, Patty, preceded him in death on Aug. 17, 2001.
He was also preceded by an infant son on Sept. 5, 1957, his son David Eugene Sauder on March 30, 2004; and two infant brothers.
He leaves his daughter, Ginger West, and husband Wayne, rural Colony; five grandchildren, Alexandria Cox, Gene Sauder, Spencer West and wife Amy, Miles West and wife Kerri and Ember West; three great-grandchildren, Parker Gene West, Connor Miles West, and Adayrean Patricia West; his significant other, Jo Lynn Kistner, Iola; a brother, Darrell Sauder and wife Sharon, Rapid City, S.D.; and three sisters, June Hannah and husband Morris, Pegram, Tenn., Shirley Johnson, Amarillo, Texas, and Mary Kurtz, Eureka.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington. Burial will follow in Le Roy Cemetery.
The family will meet with friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
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