William Saunders

LEETONIA – William “Buddy” Lawrence Saunders, 69, of Leetonia, died at 8:59 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at his home following a long illness.

Born Nov. 2, 1944, in Leetonia, he was a son of Martin Luther and Agnes Gail (Gatin) Saunders.

Before his retirement, he had worked for LTV in Aliquippa, Pa., as a high lift operator for 19 years.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Leetonia.

Survivors include three daughters, Lorrie Kyser, Judith Saunders and Billie Jo Thornburg, all of Salem; two sisters, Janie Salasky of Penn National, Pa., and JoAnn McPherson of Aliquippa, Pa.; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

A daughter Kimberly Saunders preceded him in death.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home. Calling hours will be held on Monday from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the services. Burial will be at Hope Cemetery.