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Obituary for Eugene F. Saunders

Eugene (Gene) Francis Saunders, 97, of Corning, NY, died on October 28, 2023 at home.
Gene was born January 18, 1926, in Parkersburg, WV. His parents were Eugene Winston Saunders and Garnet Prince Saunders. He graduated from Parkersburg High School (class of 1943), attended Marietta (Ohio) College, and graduated from West Virginia University with A.B. and M.A. degrees in 1949 and 1950. Following graduation from high school, his first job was as a reporter and editor at The Parkersburg News.
Gene married Sarah Hildred Keyser in Parkersburg in 1953. She died in 1982. Surviving are their five children, Joseph E. F. (Jef) Saunders (Camille) of New Hartford, NY; John R. Saunders (Barbara) of Ormond Beach, FL; Elizabeth S. McKay (Leroy) of Lebanon, OH; Carter N. Saunders (Jacolyn) of Corning, and Margaret S. Babjak (Richard) of Lincolnshire, IL. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Hannah Babjak, in 2021, and his partner of over 25 years, Yolanda Wheeler, in 2015.
Gene joined Corning Incorporated at Corning, NY, in 1952 and retired from there in 1991 as Director of Corporate Information in its Corporate Communications Division.
He served for 30 years as board chairman of the Corning Credit Union and one of its two headquarters buildings in Corning, NY, is named in his honor. He also served seven years as president of Corning Meals On Wheels.
Gene was a long-time communicant of Christ Episcopal Church, serving some 15 years as a warden. He was a member of several ballroom-dancing organizations and served for many years as a club officer.
Gene’s funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 33 E. First Street, Corning, NY. Gene’s family will greet family and friends at Christ Church (in the Houghton Lounge) before the funeral service, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
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