Richard Saunders
1932 - 2020
December 30, 2020

Saunders, Richard C.

BRADENTON, Fla./ MAZOMANIE/EDGERTON - Richard C. Saunders, age 88, of Bradenton, Fla., and Mazomanie, Wis., formerly of Edgerton, Wis., died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at his home in Bradenton. He was born in Edgerton on May 8, 1932, the son of the late Charles and Mary Lenora (Babcock) Saunders. Following high school graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Richard married Donna Rae B. Meseberg on Oct. 13, 1956, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, LaCrosse. He worked as a tool and die maker for the University of Wisconsin-Madison for many years. Richard enjoyed golfing, gardening, woodworking, traveling, hunting, and fishing, but you could always find him around a bonfire with friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Patrick Saunders; and his brother, Perry Saunders. He is survived by his wife, Donna Rae; five children, Michael (Joanne) Saunders of Madison, Timothy Saunders of Edgerton; Marie (Dean Hiracheta) Saunders of Apple,Valley, Minn., Kathleen (Bob) Brumley of Mazomanie, and Sara Saunders of Apple Valley, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Julie Saunders-Seegers of Burlington; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three siblings, Priscilla Ann Kures of Bradenton, Lenora Kay Tellefson and Soren (Dean) Saunders both of Edgerton; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace."

A memorial service will take place in May of 2021 in Edgerton, Wis., and burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Albion Township, with full military honors. Memorials in Richard's name may be made to American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or Arbor Tree Foundation. The family is being assisted by the APFEL EHLERT FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, 315 Lord St., Edgerton, WI. For online condolences:

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I'm sorry for your loss. I golfed with Dick for many years in the Gisholt Golf League. He was always kind and funny. He put a new member at ease. Quick to smile and quick with a joke. We will miss him.
Tom Culp
February 11, 2021
I was sorry to hear that Dick passed away. I did not know you lived in Bradenton I live in New Port Richey, Fl and have for 20 Years. I hope all is going well for you. My email is [email protected]
Dianne Williams
January 22, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss Donna & family. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Many hugs.
Bob & Jo Ann Eckstein
January 8, 2021
The staff of the American Cancer Fund® at is sorry to hear of Richard´s passing. We have received a memorial donation in his name and our sincere condolences go out to his family.
American Cancer Fund
January 8, 2021
Though I had not seen Dick in many years I still think of him and speak of him by sharing stories of some of the shenanigans we perpetuated, mostly him actually!
Rick Korn
January 7, 2021
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
January 4, 2021