Sauder Woodworking has announced that Maynard Sauder, 88, passed away on August 28, at Fairlawn Haven Special Care Neighborhood, Archbold, OH.
He was born in Archbold, on February 15, 1932, to parents Erie J. and Leona (Short) Sauder. Maynard received his education at International Business College, Fort Wayne, IN, and served as an accountant at Evanston General Hospital, Evanston, IL, for two years before returning to Sauder Woodworking Co. in 1955, where he served for 55 years. Beginning as accountant/office manager, Maynard was promoted to general manager in 1962 and president/CEO in 1975. Maynard’s positive leadership, along with the talents of his younger brother Myrl and the dedicated team they built, enabled Sauder to grow from 350 employees when Maynard became president, to over 3,000 when he retired. Sauder became North America’s largest manufacturer of ready-to-assemble furniture, and a leading producer of health care, educational and worship furniture.
In addition to guiding Sauder through its years of rapid growth, Maynard shared generously, serving in leadership positions with many charitable organizations, including Zion Mennonite Church, Sauder Village, Mennonite Economic Development Associates, Goshen College Music Center, Sunshine Communities, Fairlawn Haven and Archbold Rotary Club. He was also a long-term corporate director at the Sauder Cos., Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Jayco and the Trust Co.
Maynard Sauder’s many honors included the Archbold Chamber of Commerce 2018 Legacy Award, Northwest Ohio’s 1992 Entrepreneur of the Year and Archbold’s 1988 Citizen of the Year. At his Citizen of the Year banquet, Maynard was described by his dear friend Virgil Miller as someone who “encourages us to become more than we are. He is honest in his business and personal relations, quick to believe in people, slow to believe in negative opinions and has a deep Christian commitment.”
Maynard made a positive difference in so many lives, and he did so with humility, empathy and good humor, Sauder noted.