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Official Obituary of

Maurice "Gene" Sauter

July 11, 1939 ~ March 14, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Maurice "Gene" Sauter Obituary

Maurice "Gene" Sauter, known affectionately to friends and family as Gene, passed away peacefully in Ellicott City, surrounded by the love of his family. Born in Baltimore, Gene was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and an honored Air Force veteran, whose passion for mechanical wizardry touched everyone he knew.

Gene's journey began in Baltimore, where his innate curiosity and talent for all things mechanical became evident early in life. This interest led him to pursue a career in automobile mechanics, a field where he not only excelled but also found great joy.  Gene began working for Oldsmobile in Baltimore.  His expertise and dedication to his craft culminated in his esteemed position as Vice President of 40 West Motors.

A loving husband to his wife Elizabeth Sauter, Gene was a great provider and entirely devoted to his family. He was a proud father to his children, Ralph Richardson (deceased), Timmy Sauter and Hillarie, Carol and Jeff Klessig, Kimberly and Ken Lewis, and Linda McArthur. Grandchildren Cheryl, Amanda, Devin, Kristen, Bradley, Mason, Andrew, Troy, Kelsey and five great grandchildren.  Imparting to them his values of hard work, integrity, and the importance of family. Gene's role as a father was characterized by his unwavering support and the deep bonds, he forged with each of his children. Gene is also survived by his brother Roger Sauter.

The family knew well of Gene's strong work ethic.  Gene was only sick from Forty Motors once in 38 years.  We will continue to tell of Gene walking to work in blizzard conditions.  The snow was 2 feet deep with drifts and Gene walked a long way to his car dealership to guard against vandals.  Gene's service in the Air Force was a significant chapter in his life, shaping his character and reinforcing his commitment to excellence and service. 

A man of many interests, Gene was particularly known for his love of classic cars. His collection was not merely a hobby but a reflection of his appreciation for design, history, and the thrill of restoration. English cars and hot rods were among his favorites, and he delighted in maintaining and showcasing these automotive treasures. Gene's hands were rarely still, as he could often be found tinkering in his garage, bringing life back to vehicles that others had long forgotten.

Those who knew Gene best would describe him as loving and handy, words that only scratch the surface of a man whose generosity and skill were matched by his warmth and kindness. He was the kind of person who would offer help before it was asked for, and whose presence could light up a room with laughter and stories.

As we bid farewell to Maurice "Gene" Sauter, we celebrate a life rich in love, achievement, and the joy of shared passions. His legacy will live on in the hearts of his family, the many cars that continue to grace the roads thanks to his care, and the countless lives he touched with his generous spirit. Gene's memory will be cherished, and his influence will continue to guide those who were fortunate enough to know him.

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Services

Memorial Visitation
Wednesday
March 20, 2024

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home
4112 Old Columbia Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Memorial Visitation
Wednesday
March 20, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home
4112 Old Columbia Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Funeral Service
Thursday
March 21, 2024

10:00 AM
Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home
4112 Old Columbia Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Inurnment
Thursday
March 21, 2024

11:15 AM
Good Shepherd Cemetery
2805 Rogers Avenue
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Donations

Gilchrist Cares
11311 McCormick Rd #350, Hunt Valley MD 21031
Tel: 1-888-823-8880
Web: http://www.gilchristcares.org

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