Leonard H. “Lennie” Saunders

April 07, 1959 ‒ February 18, 2020

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Leonard H. “Lennie” Saunders, age 60, of Mount Gilead, passed away Tuesday morning, February 18, 2020, at Galion Community Hospital, following a brief illness.

He was born on April 7, 1959, in Mount Gilead, to the late Howard W. Saunders and Jeannette A. (Belcher) Saunders whom survives. Lennie graduated from Highland High School with the class of 1977.

On October 3, 1981, Lennie married the love of his life, Lisa R. Tinch, at Waterford Church of Christ.

For 25 years Lennie dedicated his career to Snyder Milling Service out of Marengo. After Snyder’s, Lennie worked for Rick Daiber Trucking out of Marion and Bucyrus.

Lennie loved the great outdoors. When he was young, his family lived in Canada where they ran a hunting lodge of which he enjoyed reminiscing about. Lennie was an avid hunter and fisherman. His love for the outdoors led to him joining the Trappers Association, Safari Club International, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and lifetime member of the NRA.

A man of faith, Lennie attended Pleasant Grove Church. On the weekends Lennie could often be found cheering on the Browns and Buckeyes. Having an interest in beer steins, Lennie was a member of the Budweiser Stein Club.

Most of all Lennie loved spending time with his family. For over 20 years Lennie would volunteer to assist with fundraisers for his children’s music and athletic boosters program which he continued on after they graduated. He often could be spotted helping in the food stands at home games or collecting money at gate A for the county fair. His greatest enjoyment was the time he got to be around his kids, nieces, nephews, and especially his grandkids.

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 38 years, Lisa; children: Andrew (Leslie) Saunders of Mount Vernon and Ben Saunders of Mount Gilead; grandchildren: Joscelynn and Grayson Saunders; mother, Jeannette Saunders of Sparta; brother, Ted Saunders of Marengo; mother-in-law, Karen (Ron) Christman; sister-in-laws: Tammy (George) Pennington and Kelly (Steve) Castline; nieces and nephews: Holly (Andrew) Dudgeon, Heather (Aaron) Condron, Cody (Tabitha) Castline, Rick Pennington, Amanda (Ryan Coldwell) Pennington, Nathan (Amy) Saunders; great nieces and nephews: Riley, Laila, Hallie, Landon, Leyton, David, Cassy, Hannah, Barrett, Abby, Oakley, and Ian.

Lennie was preceded in death by his father, Howard, in December of 2012.

His family will greet friends from 11 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. (67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338) A celebration of his life will follow there at 1 PM with Pastor Don Linn officiating. Burial will follow at Bloomfield Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Gilead Music Boosters.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Lennie’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • We are so very saddened by your loss. I was moved by Lisa’s words, thanking Lennie for giving her two wonderful sons. Lean on each other and your wonderful friends in the days to come.
    Don and Julie

  • Lenny,
    You were my bonus brother as kids.you would do anything for anybody because you had a big heart. You will be missed. Love,Kim K

  • Lisa and family God bless you all. Boys be there for your mom in the coming years. Remember the goods times and most of all remember that he is no longer in pain and he is with family that has gone before him.

    Marie Mounts and Famiy

  • So, so sorry to hear of Lennies passing. We send our condolences from Florida, but our hearts are with you, and your family. Max and Barb weise.

  • I amy truly sorry to hear this news. Lenny stayed in touch with me (a high school friend a year a head of him) through Facebook. He was always kind with his posts and comments. His family was blessed to have such a loving and gentle soul in their circle. The memories will last forever! I am blessed to have known him. Love and prayers to those close to him.

  • Lennie, was my first nephew, and we spoiled him very much , that’s what Aunts are supposed to do, you have brought a lot of joy to everyone around you, and we will miss you very much, but never forgotten, the heavens have gained another angel, soar with the Eagles, love you Aunt Kay! 💔💔💔

  • Lisa,

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers and my heart goes out to you. Hang on tight to the memories to cherish with your loved ones.
    Love, Neeta

  • Lisa, my heart goes out to you and your family, I never had the pleasure of meeting Lennie, I know he’s watching over all of you, love and prayers 🙏

  • I send my deepest condolences to you and your family. Lennie will be missed by many. God’s peace be upon you.

  • Lisa ” I can never find adequate words under these circumstances I didn’t really know Lennie but I could see that he was very well loved and therefore a wonderful person he will always be with you in your heart I am so sorry that you are going through this he is truly in a better place hugs and prayers for you and your family “

  • Iam so sorry I can’t make the funeral I will be thinking of your family and sending you strength to get through this.

  • Lisa and family, We are so saddened to hear of Lennie s passing! May God comfort you at this difficult time!

  • Lisa,
    I’m sadden to hear of your loss. I know you and your family will find the strength to navigate this difficult time together. I’m sorry I will be out of town Saturday but please know you are in my thoughts.
    Kriste S.

  • I’m so sadden and sorry to hear of Lennie’s passing he will be truly missed..I’m sending my thoughts and prayers to Lisa and her son’s and the family… May you R.I.P. My Bro~ Lennie..((HUGS))

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Lennie and his dad, Howard, of the two of them working at the mill. He will be missed.

  • So sorry to hear of Lennies passing. Lots of school time memories he will be dearly missed. May GOD be with you all due this time maybe bring you peace