Saunders, Gordon

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Gordon Saunders was born in Castor, Ab. Nov. 20, 1921. He grew up on the farm and after completing normal school training in Calgary, he taught in one room schools for four years before returning to the farm in 1945.
Gordon and Connie were married June 16, 1974. They both enjoyed life on the farm, riding horses, feeding cattle and operating the farm equipment.
Keeping the farmstead and garden neat and tidy was a must. They enjoyed travelling. Although they travelled from Tuktoyaktuk to Galveston and from Tofino to Cape Breton, no year was really complete without a trip to the mountains in the summer camping or in the winter skiing or perhaps both.
Gordon and Connie moved into Paintearth Lodge in November of 2017 and then Gordon moved to Castor Extended Care in December before moving to Coronation on Jan. 10, 2018 until his passing on Feb. 15, 2018.
Gordon was predeceased by his father Howard Saunders in March of 1928, step brother Dalton in December 1935, brother Howard Saunders in May 1945, step brother Arnold Houseman, step father Floyd Houseman in November 1966, mother Lydia Houseman in March of 1980, mother-in-law Min Annett in January 1994, father-in-law John Annett in October of 1999, brother-in-law Claude McLaren in January 2000, and niece Muriel (Lyle) Jackson in March 2012.
Gordon leaves to mourn his wife Connie Saunders of Castor; sister Ethel McLaren of Viking; nephew Colin (Ev) McLaren of Viking; great nieces: Billi Jo (Brent) White and children Evan and Megan and Bobbi Jo McLaren of Edmonton; other family and dear friends.
Funeral services were held at Knox United Church on Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Barbara Zimmerman officiating.
Cathy Schaffner and the Knox United Church Choir presented their gifts of music. Connie’s cousin Edythe Floden gave a loving tribute.
Gordon was laid to rest at Castor Cemetery with Melvin Weber, Rod Willis, Clarence Harder, Colin McLaren, Tony Schulmeister and Ted Schulmeister as pallbearers.
Family and friends gathered at the Upper Hall of Knox United Church for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by UCW.
Donations will be gratefully accepted by Castor Cemetery Fund, Castor, Ab. or to a charity of your own choice.
Sympathies may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at
Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, 403-882-3141, entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.

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