Jon L. Saunders

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died July 26th, 2019

Jon L. Saunders, 85, of Escanaba, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2019 following lingering health issues.

He was born on March 14, 1934 in Ann Arbor, MI, son of Edward and Dorothy (Strhlo) Saunders.  Jon was raised in Hancock and graduated from Hancock High School in 1952.  He later attended Michigan Tech University.

On August 24, 1981, Jon married Linda Davis in Jacksonville, FL.

Jon served in the U.S. Navy for 37 years as a recruiter, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer in October of 1993.  He spent the majority of his military years in Florida.

In his younger years, Jon enjoyed fishing and skiing.  He enjoyed doing crafts and often made aluminum airplanes out of cans.  He was a talented musician.

Jon was a member of St. Anne’s Church and was Past Grand Knight of the Shawano, WI Knights of Columbus.

Among survivors include his children, Terry (Hildie) Saunders of Escanaba, Kay Saunders of Hernando, Fl, Karen (Joe) Kezele of Ameek, MI, Thomas (Gary ) Saunders of Columbus, OH, Robert (Pamela) Saunders of St. Charles, MI, Jon (Mary) Saunders Jr. of Junction City, WI; step children, Cathy Prottengeier of Puyallup, WA, Kelly (Paul) Garcia of Lakeland, GA and Kim (Carlton) Covin of Jacksonville, FL; 16 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren and one great grand grandchild; siblings, Trudy (Gene) Auston, Beverly Hildegrand, Patty Reid, Merlyn Spiers all of Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by son, Gregory Saunders; grandson, Paul Garcia; brothers, Jack Orella and Bill Asten; and sister, Ann Reaves.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 31st from 2 – 4 p.m. at St. Anne’s Church.  The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 4 p.m. with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating.   A meal will follow in the church hall.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jon’s name may be directed to St. Vincent de Paul Society.

A message of condolence may be directed to the Saunders family by visiting

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Saunders family.

6 Tributes to “Jon L. Saunders”

  1. Terry and Hildie, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. Special Prayers for each of you, Ann

  2. My condolences go out to the entire Saunders Family for your loss. My thoughts and prays are for each and eveyone of you.

  3. Dear Terry and Hildie
    We just found out about Jon’s death. So on behalf of the entire deacon community, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all during this time of loss as you give each other love and support. “Eternal rest grant unto Jon O Lord. May his soul and the souls of all the Faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace.” Amen+
    Our love to you all.

  4. Terry, Hildi, Sarah, and all the other children and grandchildren, you have all been in my prayers. I am sadden by the passing of Jon; however, I know he is with Our Lord and Saviour. He and Linda are together again. May he rest in peace. No more suffering. My love to all of you Aunt Becky and Uncle Harold Beylotte

  5. He sounds like a wonderful man. The memories you will have forever be with you all. Special thoughts to your entire family.

    God bless !,,

  6. Wonderful man, wonderful memories. Blessings to your entire family.

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