Vernon Robert Sanderson Jr. August 23, 1931 April 12, 2014 Vernon, known to many as, "Sonny" passed away peacefully at home on April 12th at the age of 82. Born in Eureka, Vernon had spent most of his childhood here, until his parents moved his family to Oakland, CA. Following his graduation from Fremont High School he enlisted in the United States Navy and was a Seaman serving on the USS Guadalupe during the Korean War. After his discharge he met and married Betty Faucett, September 4, 1954 in Oakland. In 1958 Vernon moved his family back to Eureka and began his career with the Northwestern Pacific Railroad. When the railroad discontinued rail service to Eureka, Vernon made the weekly trek to Ukiah returning home every weekend until he retired after 37 years of service. You could always find Vern watching sports. He never missed a baseball or basketball game, soccer match or track meet while his grandchildren played. He tolerated the Oakland Raiders but loved his San Francisco 49er's from his arm chair coaching position and followed the Giants and the A's during baseball season. He loved hunting and fishing especially with his dad and son Bob. He always had a garden and loved wood working in his shop. He provided many people with picnic tables, napkin holders, magnets and signs. Vern was preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Dagny Sanderson, his mother and father-in-law Viola and John Schindler and his brother Daniel Sanderson. Vern leaves behind his wife of 59 years Betty Sanderson, his son Robert Sanderson and Laura Martin, Greeley, CO, daughter Cindy and son in law Ron Harpham of Eureka, his grandson Brett Harpham and wife Allee of Bend, OR and granddaughter, Lindsey Harpham , Napa, CA. Vern was also blessed with two great-grandson's Remmy and Boone Harpham. Vern is also survived by his sister LaVerne Tally, Greeley,CO and sister in law Karen Sanderson. He also leaves behind his two four legged buddies Waylan and Willie Harpham who he loved to babysit and throw the ball for. Vern will be remembered by many friends and relatives who he loved to gather with on special occasions. He always stopped and talked each day with his wonderful neighbors and friends on his long walk to get the mail and paper. A private graveside service was held in the Veterans Garden at Ocean View Cemetery with Vern's immediate family. A "Celebration of Life" will be announced at a later date for family and friends. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sanders Funeral Home. The family would like to thank Hospice of Humboldt for all of their loving care and help. The family requests any contributions in Vern's memory can be made to Hospice of Humboldt and because of his love for animals the Sequoia Humane Society. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obituaries.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2014