David Jorden Saunders


MOUNT MORRIS – David Jorden Saunders, age 82, passed away on Dec. 19, 2021 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, with his family at his side. David was born on May 30, 1939 in Freeport, the son of William and Reta (Sanford) Saunders. He graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1957. David served in the United States Army. David married his loving wife, Sylvia Thomas on May 14, 1961; and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past May.

David is survived by his wife: Sylvia Saunders, Mt. Morris; 3 children: Laurie Dawn (Joe) Redfield, Rio Vista, Calif.; Todd (Amal) Saunders, Davie, Fla.; and Gary David Saunders, Lombard; 3 grandchildren: Haley Krause, Thomas Saunders, and Emma Saunders; 2 great grandchildren: Sadii and Kit Krause. Also, surviving 2 nephews, David and Steve Cassidy, and a niece, DeAnne (Cassidy) Youssefi and their children. David was predeceased by his parents, and his sister, Dolores (Saunders) Cassidy.

Dave was always involved in his children’s activities, coaching and attending all their games and events. He was very proud of their accomplishments.

Dave worked in the printing departments of Kable Printing, Alpha Omega Printing, and Donnelly printing in Mendota. While serving in the National Guard, his unit was sent to Desert Storm and was involved in Desert Shield.  Following his retirement Dave enjoyed training his two Border Collies in Agility. He and Sylvia attended many weekends of Agility Trials.  Due to Dave’s training and patience and two smart Border Collies, Tess and Buddy, the blue ribbons began to pile up.

Services were held on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. in the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren, with Rev. Rodney Caldwell officiating. Burial was in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris. Visitation was held on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021 in the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren from 10 a.m. until service time.