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Lester William Saunders, 82

Lester William Saunders, 82, of Tenstrike, died on Saturday, April 21, 2007, at his residence in Hagali Township, Minn. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the Hines Cemetery in Hines with full military honors provided by Ame...

Lester William Saunders, 82, of Tenstrike, died on Saturday, April 21, 2007, at his residence in Hagali Township, Minn.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the Hines Cemetery in Hines with full military honors provided by American Legion Post 372 of Blackduck. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Blackduck assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born on June 21, 1924, to William and Anna (Meyers) Saunders, in Malta, Ill. He was raised in Malta and attended school there. He then worked as an assistant auto mechanic in Chana, Ill.

He enlisted with the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, Va., on Nov. 20, 1942, and was discharged at the U.S. Navy Base in South Carolina on Jan. 27, 1950, with the rank of fireman. He served on the USS Rodman, USS New Jersey, USS Wisconsin, USS Ordronaux, USS John A. Bole, USS Sarsi, USS Marquette and the USS Schmitt. He received the American Area Campaign Medal, Euro-African Mid East Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He traveled all over the world in his service days.

He moved to Tenstrike in 1954. He married Carol K. Haick on Nov. 5, 1960, in Bemidji and they raised their family in Hagali Township. He had worked as a drill press/lathe operator for Lyon's Sheetmetal in Malta and as a laborer for Del Monte and Green Giant companies in Illinois. In Minnesota, he worked for Land-O-Lakes Wood Preserving in Tenstrike, Dibble Chevrolet-Buick, Dondelinger Chevrolet-Buick and Spaulding Motors, all in Bemidji. He retired in 1986.

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He enjoyed hunting, coin collecting and racing stock cars.

He is survived by his wife, of Tenstrike; daughter, Susan Bruning of Bemidji; a son and a daughter, of unknown addresses; special friend, Leslie Holliday of Bemidji; and numerous other friends in the area.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several siblings.

Messages of condolence may be sent at ceasefuneralhome.com.

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