CHICHESTER - John L. Saturley, 95, a longtime resident of both Pembroke and Chichester, died Monday, May 13, 2013, at the CRVNA Hospice House.
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Born in North Pembroke on July 21, 1917, John was the son of the late Howard and Ella (Hutchinson) Saturley. One of seven siblings, John was predeceased by two brothers and three sisters, Howard, Lester, Margaret, Florence, and Lois.
He graduated from Pembroke Academy in 1935 and the Concord College of Business in 1937.
Mr. Saturley spent 45 years with Concord Lumber, moving his way up the ladder, until his retirement as general manager. During that time he served as president of the New Hampshire Retail Lumbermen's Association.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Pembroke and served at various times as teacher, deacon, and trustee. In addition he was moderator for the state UCC.
He and his wife Doris loved to travel, crossed the country several times, and had reached their goal of visiting all 50 state capitals. John enjoyed gardening, was a baseball and basketball fan, and was very involved in civic affairs.
He was a member of the Pembroke School Board for 15 years, including some as chairman, and then was elected to the position of school district moderator, serving for nine years. He was also president of the New Hampshire School Boards Association for two years. He spent several years as trustee to Pembroke Academy and had been appointed a trustee to the University of New Hampshire by Gov. Walter Peterson, spending four years as chairman of the school's agricultural committee.
He had been a member of the Pembroke Budget Committee and was a 55-year member of the Odd Fellows Noble Grande. A member of the Concord Rotary Club, Mr. Saturley had 20 years of perfect attendance and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition.
Joining at age 14, Mr. Saturley was an 82-year member of the Pembroke Grange No. 111. He served as National Grange Priest Archon, State Master for NH Grange, and Grange Master for the Pembroke Grange and Suncook Valley Pomona. In addition, John was involved with the 4-H Foundation and the International Farm Youth Exchange.
In 1986, he was honored as Citizen of the Year in the town of Pembroke.
Mr. Saturley was the widower of Florence (Allen) Saturley, who died in 1959, and Doris (Fowler) (McCully) Saturley, who died in 2011. He was also predeceased by a son, Neil McCully and a daughter-in-law, Judy Saturley.
He is survived by five children, Elaine Forst of Pittsfield, Constance Saturley of Apache Junction, Ariz., John Saturley and his wife Mary of North Pembroke, Stephen Saturley of Penacook, and Paul McCully and his wife Doris of Chichester; 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; his sister, Barbara Bassett and her husband Wendell of Epsom; and many nieces and nephews.
SERVICES: A time for sharing memories will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home, 1217 Suncook Valley Highway in Epsom. Rev. Jim Howard will officiate at services on Monday at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Pembroke. Burial will be in the Buck Street Cemetery, Pembroke.
Memorial donations may be made to either the First Congregational Church of Pembroke, 301 Pembroke St., Pembroke, 03275 or CRVNA Hospice House, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, 03301, or the
The Petit Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements and offers an on-line guestbook at www.petitfuneralhome.com.
Petit Funeral Home
167 Main Street Pembroke, NH 03275
Published in Union Leader on May 16, 2013