God saw the road was getting rough. The hills were hard to climb. He gently closed those weary eyes and said, “Peace be thine.”
Richard Saunders, Sr. was born on the 27th day of October 1945 to the parents of the late Milton and Hazel (Graves) Saunders, in Saylor Park, Ohio. He was educated in the Cincinnati Public School System.
As a child he attended the First Baptist Church of Delhi under the leadership of Reverend Robert Payne, where he and his siblings sang in the choir; and he was baptized by Reverend C.L. Threats.
After graduating from high school, Richard worked for A & P Grocery Store and an electric company in Dayton, KY. Richard was later employed by the City of Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer Department for 30 years.
His hobbies were pitching horseshoe, shooting pool and playing cornhole. He loved to take a daily stroll to the United Dairy for a cup or two of coffee with heavy cream and sugar and he absolutely loved having family gatherings.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Hazel (Graves) Saunders; three sisters, Jean South, JoAnn Harris, and Arletta Saunders; four brothers, Milton Saunders, Jr., Joseph Saunders and Arthur Saunders; and one son, Mosheh B. Yisrael (aka Jonathan Lewis)
He leaves to cherish his memories six children, Timothy Lewis (Claudia), Richard Saunders, Jr., Lisa Saunders, Amy Saunders (Anthony), Tilar Devine (Gene) and Rylan Saunders; one brother, Edward Saunders (Bessie); sixteen grandchildren; a dear friend, Germaine Butler Sheppard, whom he affectionately called “Von”. When Richard became ill Von devoted time for him until his end of life. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.