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Robert D. Sauls
A graveside service was held Friday at Lakewood Memorial Park for Robert Dale Sauls, 86, a lifelong resident of Ceres and Modesto. He died on Aug. 7, 2008 while visiting Lake Almanor.

The Colonial Chapel of Franklin & Downs was in charge of arrangements.

Born Nov. 23, 1921, Mr. Sauls entered Southern California Bible College in Pasadena, during World War II having been graded a 4F for military services because of ankylosing spondylitis. At the age of 19, this disease caused his spine and hips to fuse and he was unable to sit for the next 35 years. His purpose for attending bible college was to be able to read the first century Greek of St. Paul's New Testament letters so that he could translate them to the Indian languages of the Amazon basin.

Having met an education major, Marian Rackley, at bible college, he divulged his missionary intentions. She informed him that he was actually going to be an elementary school teacher in the Valley. He began teaching in Ceres in 1948 and became a school principal at Carroll Fowler in 1957, retiring in 1984 as the principal of Westport Elementary School.

Robert and Marian spent many summer vacations travelling with their children and in their retirement years continued travels throughout the United States and Canada in their motorhome. His favorite summer activity was hiking in Yosemite with his wife and two children, followed by deer hunting in the fall.

He leaves behind his children, Candy Oar of Modesto and Robert Sauls of Lake Almanor; two brothers, Jack Sauls of Sonora and Glen Sauls of Wakefield, R.I.; and two grandchildren, Nickolas Oar and Kathryn Sauls. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Marian Sauls, brother A.F. Sauls and mother Eunice Kooy.

Remembrances may be sent to Teen Challenge, P.O. Box 577752, Modesto, CA 95357.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /August 20, 2008