Lester Sauder, 91, minister, Clay Book Store founder

By on September 25, 2013

Lester R. Sauder, 91, of Clay, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at his home of natural causes.

Born in West Earl Township, he was the son of the late John S. and Lizzie (Redcay) Sauder and was the husband of Anna (Weaver) Sauder, with whom he shared nearly 71 years of marriage.

He was a member of the Springville Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference, where he served as minister for over 50 years. A farmer, he was later the founder of Clay Book Store.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons: John W., husband of Ida (Shirk) Sauder of Waterloo, N.Y.; Lloyd W., husband of Barbara (Hoover) Sauder of Mt. Pleasant Mills; Paul W., husband of Anna Mary (Weaver) Sauder of Denver; five daughters: Bernice, wife of Wayne Rissler of East Earl; Louella W., wife of Mark Good of Lititz; Mary W. Sauder at home; Anna W., wife of J. Ervin Showalter of Loyal, Wis., Verna W., wife of Philip Rissler of Ephrata; 48 grandchildren; 117 great-grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 15 step great-grandchildren and 11 step great-great grandchildren. He was the last of his immediate family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Raymond R. and John R.; four sisters: Irene Lehman, Ruth Burkholder, Elizabeth Martin, and infant Dorothy; one grandson and one great-grandson.

A viewing will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Midway Mennonite Reception Center, 210 E. Lexington Rd., Lititz. Funeral services will be held Sept. 26 at 9:30 a.m., at the Springville Mennonite Church, 580 Springville Rd., Ephrata, with Bishop Melvin Martin officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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