Walter Earl Saunders

August 31, 1939 - July 13, 2017

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Walter E. Saunders, age 77, of Cardington died Thursday July 13, 2017 in the Woodside Village Care Center. He was born Aug. 31, 1939 in Marion to the late Lawrence E. and Alpha Omega (Koon) Saunders.

Walter was known around Cardington as the "Bicycle Man" because of the joy he brought to countless children by repairing their bicycles. He also had a passion for tinkering and collecting scrap metal.

On Dec. 17, 2004 in the Stantontown Advent Christian Church, Walter married the former Dorothy Wintermute Babbs and she survives in Cardington. He is also survived by her children: Sherry (Scott) Sherer of Milford Center, Ron (Lisa) Babbs of Marion, Shelly (Jeff) Benson, Robert (Jessica) Babbs and Roger Babbs all of Cardington; their 13 grandchildren; a sister, Carolyn Howard of Cadiz, KY and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Walter was preceded in death by his first wife Bertie G. (Long) Saunders, four brothers and three sisters.

Friends may call Monday July 17, 2017 at Gompf Funeral Home, 440 Center Street in Cardington from 10:00 AM until the time of the funeral service at Noon. Reverend Keith Daniels will officiate and the burial will follow in the Glendale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017.
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