Charles W. Saunders, 76, was called home on Saturday, December 7, 2019. He was with his beloved wife of 55 years when he passed.
Charles was born to Betty and Nelson Saunders on January 12, 1943 in Rochester, New York. He left Rochester at age 19 and joined the United States Air Force. After basic training, he was stationed at Richards-Gebaur Airforce Base in Belton, Missouri, where he met Jo Ann at a USO dance. He was a Vietnam Veteran who received the Air Force Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He worked as a Carpentry Specialist during his service.
Charles spent 29 years working for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri and retired in 1995. He loved the outdoors, mowing his yard, gardening, biking, the KC Chiefs and spending time with his family.
Charles is survived by his wife, Jo Ann, daughter, Cindy Saunders Fuson, son, Bradley Saunders and wife, Kim, brother, Donald Saunders and wife, Patricia. He was a loving grandfather to Tyler Oxley and wife, Michaela, Kayla and Jacob Saunders, Ellie and Joey Fuson. Charles also leaves behind two great-grandsons, Aiden and Jensen Oxley, niece, Stephanie Fox, and nephew, Richard Saunders.
Charles was not a religious man but was a Christian willing to help anyone in need. He will be missed by many.
A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor at Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, on Saturday, December 21, 2019. The Visitation will be from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Parkinson’s Foundation.