John W. Saunders Jr. |

John W. Saunders Jr.

John W. Saunders Jr.

John W. Saunders Jr. passed away March 16, 2006, at his home in Glenwood Springs.John was born Aug. 22, 1946, in Wellsville, N.Y., to John W. Sr. and Virginia (Cunningham) Saunders. John attended school in Old Lyme, Conn., and then attended Boston College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Aeronautical Engineering. After college, John served in the U.S. Army, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievements against hostile forces during his stint in Vietnam. Upon his return home, he became an avid skier and was a ski instructor at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, N.H. He also belonged to the Austrian Ski Team along with James Blair, Roger Dill and Wayne Carini. John was a member of the Elks Lodge BPOE 2286.He married Diana Kiefer on Oct. 21, 1978, in Old Lyme, Conn.; they had one daughter, Tiffany E. Stewart. He has been an area resident for the past seven years. John was an entrepreneur in the wine and financial industries.From the mountains to the sea, John also enjoyed spending time on the water, whether it be deep-sea fishing or water skiing. In his later years, he enjoyed horseback riding and exploring the wondrous country that we live in, especially the West. He wanted nothing more than to preserve this land for generations to come.John is survived by his wife; his daughter; one grandchild, Dylan G. Saunders, and a second grandchild on the way; sisters Karen (Ed) L. Driesch and Leslie A. Saunders; numerous nieces and nephews; a future son-in-law; and many loving friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.A memorial service will be held at a later date in Connecticut.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Steven’s Catholic School in Glenwood Springs in the name of his grandson, Dylan G. Saunders.Farnum-Holt Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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