William “Buddy” Lawrence Saunders

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

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

Before his retirement, Buddy had worked for LTV in Aliquippa, Pa., as a high lift operator for 19 years and had previously worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a guard for six years.

He had been a volunteer firefighter in Leetonia for 23 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 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the services. Burial will be at Hope Cemetery.

His obituary may be viewed and condolences sent online at www.starkmemorial.com.