Raymond D. Saunders

Raymond "Ray" D. Saunders, 95, of 200 Saint Francis Drive, Formerly of Jackson Avenue, Bradford, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, after a very brief illness. 

Born in Altus, OK on February 14, 1926, he was the son of the late, Leonard and Vera (Cude) Saunders.  He graduated from high school in Altus, in May, 1944 and in that same month, was inducted into the United States Army at Fort Riley, Kansas.  After basic training he crossed the Atlantic Ocean on the Queen Mary, along with 45,000 other GI’s.  After serving as a soldier in the European Theatre in WWII, Ray returned to Oklahoma and married Mary Jo (Long) Saunders, who died on August 5, 2020, after 73 years of marriage.

Ray began his working career in 1947, as a time-study clerk at a Witco-owned plant in Sunray, Texas.  His work then took him and his family across the U.S. and Europe, including The Hague, Holland, London, England, Brussels, Belgium and New York City.  Witco purchased the Kendall Oil refinery in 1967 and Ray and his family moved to Bradford in 1971.  Thereafter, having located near Witco’s home office in Manhattan, New York, Ray retired in 1991, as the Executive Vice President and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Witco Corporation. 

Even after moving to Manhattan, Ray and Mary Jo considered Bradford as their home and they maintained their residence in Bradford until their passing.  In their retirement, they wintered 20 years at the Heathrow Country Club in Florida. Ray was always an avid golfer and member of the Heathrow Country Club and the Pennhills Country Club.

Ray served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Petroleum Institute; director and executive committee member of the Board of Directors of the National Petroleum Refiners Association; member of the Board of Directors for Belden and Blake Oil Corporation; director and executive committee member for the PennGrade Oil Association; a board director for RDI Chemicals SA, in Paris, France.

Ray was a Quarter Century Club member of the American Petroleum Institute and the Kendall/ARG Quarter Century Club.  He served as Chairman of the Bradford Hospital Board of Directors, President of the Bradford Club, and he was a member of the Young Presidents Organization – European Chapter.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are three children, Bob (Duane) Saunders, of Bradford, Sue Saunders, of Winter Park, FL, and Bart (Lisa) Saunders of Orlando, FL, seven grandchildren, Ryan (KC) Saunders, Blake Saunders, Cherilyn “Cece” (Kent) Williams, Clark Eyers, Alexis Saunders, Haley Saunders, and Sydney Saunders, five great-grandchildren, Jocelyn Williams, Catherine Williams, Tilmon Williams, Petra Saunders, and Naomi Saunders, one sister, Jane Stroup, of Glenn Heights, TX, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Saunders.

Private funeral services will be held at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. with Rev. Rob Klouw, Co-Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiating.

A live stream of this service will be available on Monday April 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm at this link: http://www.hollenbeckcahill.com/Funeral-Live-Cameras.aspx

Private Full Military Honors will be accorded by members of the United States Army and members of the Honor Guard from the American Legion Post 108 of Bradford, in Oak Hill Cemetery.

A recording of the Military Honors is available to be viewed at: https://youtu.be/VnPjBl3N1Z8

Memorial contributions if desired, may be made to the Ashley Booth Griffin Care for Children Center, Journey Health Systems – Children’s Home of Bradford, PA, Bradford Hospital Foundation, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

 

HOLLENBECK-CAHILL Funeral Home

33 South Avenue • Bradford, PA 16701

All Condolences -

Bart and Bob: so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. He was a true gentleman and a great asset for the Bradford community. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families through this difficult time.
— Jon Higie

Mr. Saunders was a magnificent gentleman. He loved his family and wife so very much. He never bragged about his amazing accomplishments. We admired his quiet elegance. He is smiling upon you with his beautiful love by his side. Love and prayers , Mimi and Mike Cahill
— Mimi Cahill

Feeling so grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know Ryan''s grandfather. He had such incredible stories to share and showed such love and dedication to his wife and family.
— KC Hallett

CeCe and Clark you will be in our thoughts and prayers. We love you and we are so sorry for your loss.
— June & Tommy Sloan

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of this most wonderful man - father, grandfather, great grandfather. We remember his positive outlook on life, and his kindness to everyone he met. We know he will be missed, but we are hopeful the many years of memos will sustain you. We send our love to you all Bob and LynnCarol Pannell
— LynnCarol Pannell

Ray will be missed by so many people. He was a good neighbor and a wonderful man!!!
— Roger & Joyce Geis

Ray was both a gentleman and a "gentle man." May he rest in peace.
— Jack Yoder

So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family.
— Michele Alfieri-Causer

Bart and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. I hope your favorite memories will help you through this sad time ??????
— Denise Burns Frontino

Condolences

  • Bart and Bob: so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. He was a true gentleman and a great asset for the Bradford community. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families through this difficult time.

    — Jon Higie
  • Mr. Saunders was a magnificent gentleman. He loved his family and wife so very much. He never bragged about his amazing accomplishments. We admired his quiet elegance. He is smiling upon you with his beautiful love by his side. Love and prayers , Mimi and Mike Cahill

    — Mimi Cahill
  • Feeling so grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know Ryan''s grandfather. He had such incredible stories to share and showed such love and dedication to his wife and family.

    — KC Hallett
  • CeCe and Clark you will be in our thoughts and prayers. We love you and we are so sorry for your loss.

    — June & Tommy Sloan
  • Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of this most wonderful man - father, grandfather, great grandfather. We remember his positive outlook on life, and his kindness to everyone he met. We know he will be missed, but we are hopeful the many years of memos will sustain you. We send our love to you all Bob and LynnCarol Pannell

    — LynnCarol Pannell