Melvin E. Sauder, 84, vet, Dutchman’s Truck owner

By on April 10, 2013

Melvin E. Sauder, 84, of Denver, passed away Monday, April 1, 2013, at Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was born in East Earl to the late Erbie and Alice (Sensenig) Sauder. He was the husband of Brenda J. (Wolf) Sauder with whom he shared 18 years of marriage. He was also the husband of the late Marian J. Hilton (Sauder) who passed away in 1991.

Melvin was a member of the Ephrata Church of the Brethren. He was the owner and founder of Dutchman’s Truck Service, Denver. He enjoyed golf, hunting, NASCAR and watching sports. He was also an Army veteran.

In addition to his wife, Melvin is survived by two sons: Melvin, husband of Melanie (Frymyer) Sauder of Akron; J. Kevin, husband of Kelli (Fake) Sauder of Stevens; a daughter: Melanie Augsburger of Denver; four stepsons: Lynn, husband of Brenda Weitzel of East Earl; Eric, husband of Michele Weitzel of Reinholds; Daryl, husband of Barbra Weitzel of Stevens; Travis, husband of Violet Weitzel of Lititz; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 12 step grandchildren; two brothers: Arthur, husband of Elaine Sauder of Ephrata; Lester, husband of Ann Sauder of Ephrata; three sisters: Irene Martin of Goodville; Alice Sauder of Ephrata; and Anna, wife of Norman Wenger of Ephrata.

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Raymond and Paul Sauder; and a sister: Esther Rutt.

A memorial service was held April 4 at the Ephrata Church of the Brethren with Pastors Galen Hackman and Rob Eshelman officiating. Interment took place in the Mohler’s Brethren Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Melvin’s memory may be made to the Ephrata Church of the Brethren, Deacon Fund, 201 Crescent Ave., Ephrata, PA 17522.

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

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