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Rodney Saunders
22 July 1942 - 27 October 2017
Funeral Date: 04 November 2017
Limestone - It is with deep sorrow that I share in the passing of my soul mate.  Rodney D. Saunders 75, flaghusband of Dorothy (Plourde) Saunders passed away peacefully after a long illness on October 27, 2017 with his wife by his side.  He was born July 22, 1942 at home in Caribou to Reuben and Anna (Paradis) Saunders. Rodney and Dottie began their journey together on Feb. 28, 1980, and they were married on July 14, 1984 at the American Legion in Caribou with a record crowd that “Rocked Sweden Street”. Rodney was educated in the Caribou school system.  At a very young age he left school and began working.  At the age of 25, he was called to duty to serve his country during the Vietnam War.  He took this job very seriously and gave it 110%.  Rodney served in the US Army, 101st Airborne Division Company B  91st Engineering Battalion as a combat engineer.  He served from 1967-1969 and attained the rank of SP4.  He did his basic training at Fort Dix, NJ and was then sent to Phan-Thiet, Vietnam.  During his year in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal w/4 Stars, Code of Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/device, Republican of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal, First Class Citation, Combat Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Medal, Presidential Unit Medal, Marksman (rifle) and Marksman (M-16).  He was an extremely proud yet humble Vietnam Veteran!!  His service to his country was his greatest accomplishment next to his only son.  When Rodney returned from the service, he returned to the work force.  He was a civil servant at Loring A.F.B. serving in various assignments around the base for several years.  He was a carpenter/roofer by trade and worked all over the country in many aspects of the construction field.  He also worked for many local farmers planting, harvesting and shipping potatoes. He was an active member of the Caribou VFW Post 9389 until his illness no longer allowed it.  He still enjoyed going there every morning to drink coffee, play cards, and socialize with his comrades.  He was also a former member of the American Legion Henry B. Pratt Post of Caribou, the Caribou Grizzlies of the 1980’s, and the “Thursday Morning Group” (you know who you are).   Rodney was a passionate outdoorsman.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.  His favorite pastimes were watching the Boston Celtics and John Wayne, playing cards, rolling dice, dancing, long rides down dirt roads, and he especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  Rodney will be remembered as being a very kind and gentle soul who would lend a hand to anyone in need and pass judgment on no one!!  Rodney is survived by his loving wife of 39 years Dottie, his greatly “cherished” and only son Rodney D. Saunders II “Chip”, the absolute apple of his eye, his beautiful granddaughter Ella Jane Saunders….who could ALWAYS make him smile.  He is also survived by two brothers, Ransford and his wife Corry Saunders and Daryl Saunders both of Caribou, four sisters-in-law; Barbara Saunders of Westfield, MA, Susan Saunders of Rochester, NY, Obeline Morrell and Beatrice and her husband Gilman Caron both of Caribou and many nieces, nephews, and cousins too numerous to mention, a very special niece/God-daughter Ginger Balicki of Blanford, MA., and a very special nephew Danny and his wife Linda McLaughlin of Caribou.  Rodney also leaves behind special friends Bob and Pam Miller of Naugatuck, CT, his surrogate wives, Gay Fieg of Ligonier, PA (Rod was her Main(e) Man), “Marty” Askinazi of Portland, (her “very best male friend”).He also leaves his friend and caregiver JoAnna Leavitt of Ft. Fairfield, and many other friends too numerous to mention.  You all know who you are!!  He was predeceased by his parents, one brother Rueben, three sisters Margurite and her husband Phil Nadeau, Helen and her husband Chinkie McLaughlin, and Carolyn and her husband Ken Pennock, and a very special sister-in-law Evelyn Paul. Rodney’s family would like to thank the staff and a very special thank you to the nurses of the Maine Veterans Home in Caribou for their love and very watchful care of Rodney over the past year. He trusted in your care and loved you all very much!! Friends may call at the Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou from 11:00 am, Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 until the time of service at 1:00 pm with the Rev. Ron Rosser officiating.  Rodney will be laid to rest at the Maine Veterans’ Cemetery in Caribou at a later date.  Friends who wish to contribute in in Rodney’s memory may do so through the Maine Veterans Home “Activity Fund”.  
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  • Tarry
  • 31 October 2017
Your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.. I miss Rodney very much.. It’s definitely not the same going to work without him there.
Love you Dottie!
  • Ashley
  • 31 October 2017
It was such a joy to get to know Rodney as a resident at Maine Veterans home. He was always able to make us laugh when everything else seemed to be going wrong that day. He always had a joke or a funny story to tell. He even opened up to us about some of his war stories, which I imagine was a difficult subject to talk about. The before Rodney's illness over came him was a wonderful one. He was so happy and energetic and he even went to eat with all of us in the dining room. That's how I'll always remember Rod.

My thoughts and prayers are with Dottie & the rest of the family. This sweet man will truly be missed at Maine Veterans Home.
  • Wayne & Linda Connolly
  • 31 October 2017
Our deepest condolences to the Saunders Family!
Wayne & Linda Connolly
  • Laura violette
  • 01 November 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. He was a good man. He will be missed.

Sincerely, Laura
  • Valdine Camire
  • 01 November 2017
So saddened to hear about Rodney . I am glad that I got to see him when I was there a week ago.. we had a nice talk .. he was a family friend for many many years . He will be dearly missed .
  • Mindy Oxenrider
  • 01 November 2017
So sorry for your loss Dottie and Chip!! Sending love and prayers!!
  • Paula Mulherin
  • 02 November 2017
Our thoughts and prayers to Family and Friends!!!!
  • Banana
  • 02 November 2017
i know I'm a couple days late but tonight at work I had a strong moment of nastalgia, remembering this sweet soul and how he always treated me so well. He'd make me smile and pull my hair out all in one shift. My heart does ache when I go to work and not hear that famous "Dottie!" Being hollered down the hall, or seeing him strolling around the halls, having to always guide him to his room. He always knew how to make you smile, even when the times got rough. Rodney and Dottie forever hold a place in my heart, their love for each other is truly amazing. They tell CNAs to not love their residents, but all of us girls loved this man, his wife and their family!
  • Skip Hartley
  • 02 November 2017
Rest In Peace 'ole' friend'. My condolences to the Saunders Family.
Rodney has been a friend of the Hartley's for many decades; and we genuinely enjoyed his company.
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