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Eldon E. Saintignon, 84, of St. Marys, died at 11:39 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
He was born in Houston on Feb. 23, 1929, to Delbert and Leona (Miller) Saintignon, who preceded him in death.
On July 3, 1948, he married Bonnie (Ayers) Saintignon, who survives in St. Marys.
Survivors also include two sons, Danny Saintignon and Doug (Paula) Saintignon; two daughters, Debra Drew and Diana Sudman; a brother, Alvin Saintignon; a sister, Lavern Fisher; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Declan Saintignon; a sister, Retha Saintignon; two sons-in-law, John Sudman and Morey Drew; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Saintignon; and two brothers-in-law, Leo Fisher and Robert Ayers.
Eldon and Bonnie will have been married for 65 years.
Early in life he had worked on the railroad in Van Wert, and then worked at Goodyear in St. Marys, retiring with 40 years of service.
Eldon was a life member of the Eagles #691. He was also a member of an amateur radio club in St. Marys; his call letters were KA8CNW and his radio handle was “Tonto.” Eldon was also very appreciative of the services provided by the Auglaize County Council on Aging in St. Marys, and he was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys. He enjoyed woodworking, camping and craft shows.
Funeral services are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Schlosser Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Wapakoneta, the Rev. Barry Stechschulte, officiant.
Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery, Freyburg.
Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Auglaize County Council on Aging, St. Marys.
Condolences may be expressed at SchlosserFuneralHome.com.