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MILFORD - Norman Saunders of Milford passed away Jan. 31, 2018, at home, peacefully and unexpectedly.
Norman was born the son of Emily and Archie Saunders.
Norm married Ruthie "Ruth" Jones on Nov. 11, 1950.
He spent the first 44 years of his life in Gilbertsville. During that period, he was owner/operator of the Texaco Service Station, which he ran until 1967.
After he sold the station, he began his career as the auto mechanic instructor at the vocational education center in Milford until his retirement in 1992. Norm and Ruth moved to the Milford area in April of 1974.
Norm served in the United States Army Calvary from 1947 to 1950, being honorably discharged at the rank of corporal.
Norm was active in the communities that he lived. He joined the Gilbertsville Fire Department in 1954. In 1960 he, along with others, started the Gilbertsville Emergency Squad. Norm served as Town Justice in Milford and along with Ruthie, volunteered at what was known as the Oneonta Hospice from 1994 to 2008, delivering medications to shut-ins
Norm is survived by his daughter, Kathy Weller, of Hornell; two sons, Ken (Sybil) of Jacksonville, Alabama, Steve (Sela) of Stafford Springs, Connecticut; eight grandchildren, Angel Ray, Sam Saunders, Mike Weller, Tom Weller, Stephanie Dickerson, Alysia Saunders, Andrea Paciga, Shonna Logan; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Norm was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Ruthie Saunders; mother and father; sister, Kathryn Park; brother, Kenneth; son-in-law, Grover Weller; and a special nephew, Daniel Downey.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.johnstonfh.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Johnston Funeral Home.
Published on February 4, 2018
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