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Richard R. Saunders Jr.

Published: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
Richard R. Saunders Jr.

STERLING – Richard R. Saunders Jr., 61, of Sterling, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Select Specialty Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa.

He was born June 19, 1952, in Sterling, the son of Richard R. and Beverly (Kinison) Saunders Sr. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Richard married Nancy Harms on July 8, 2000, in Sterling. He attended St. Mary Grade School and graduated from Sterling High School in 1971.

Richard worked at Wahl Clipper in Sterling for 8 years and then at Borg Warner for 5 years. He was an avid fisherman and Chicago Bears fan. He also enjoyed metal detecting and playing pool, and played in a pool league.

Survivors include his mother, Beverly Saunders of Sterling, wife, Nancy of Sterling, three stepdaughters, Candice (Tony) Davila of Sterling, Vanessa Coers of Sterling, and Katie Coers (Pastor Garcia) of Sterling; one nephew and godson, Richard (Brittney) Campbell of Bloomington; one godson, Jason (Tina) Allen of Madison, Wis; two sisters, Kristy Sanborn of Waynesville, Mo. and Lisa (Pat) Campbell of Sterling; special friends Dave and Becky Allen, and Justin, Kala, James, and Eric Allen; and nine stepgrandchildren, Olivia (Michael) Reyes, Alex Soriano, Christian Davila, Eric Davila, Julia and Alysia Diaz, Adrian Diaz, Mia and Aiden Garcia.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Adalberto Sanchez officiating. Cremation rites will follow.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home and Crematory in Sterling. Go to to send condolences. 

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