Donald Edward Sanders, age 77, passed away on October 7, 2013, surrounded by his family, after a long and courageous battle with Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia (CLL).
He was the son of the late Alice E. Davis Sanders and Josiah C. Sanders. He was born in Altoona, PA on January 9, 1936. His family relocated to Akron, Ohio where he was educated. Don served his country as a United States Marine having enlisted during the Korean War. He served for 6 years. After his discharge he was employed by the State Department in Washington, DC. He was later co-owner of A-1 Printing and Graphics in Frederick, MD and at Fink's Printing & Graphics in Gaithersburg, MD where he retired.
After retirement he enjoyed many hobbies. He was a talented craftsman and especially enjoyed wood carving and stained glass. He also enjoyed flower gardening and his home in Hagerstown. He was an avid reader and enjoyed playing golf and Poker with neighbors and friends.
Don was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church and the Hagerstown B.P.O. Elks Lodge 378 and the Frederick Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Don is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joan. Also surviving are his children; Mark Sanders (Joyce), Elizabeth Bassett (David), and Kathleen McDowell. Seven grandchildren; Zachary Sanders, Courtney Sanders, Kathryn Bassett, Daniel Bassett, Jessica Keator, Austin McDowell and Brennan McDowell. A sister Susan Jonke; a special cousin, Judy Ransweiler, uncles, Francis Davis and Robert Davis and aunt Cecilia Forbes, and many other cousins, nieces and nephews. He loved and was proud of his family. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.
Family will receive friends on Thursday October 10, 2013 from 7-9 p.m. at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Avenue, Hagerstown, MD on Friday October 11, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Interment will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, MD on Friday October 11, 2013 at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or Hospice of Washington County.
Online condolences may be expressed at douglasfiery.com.
Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on Oct. 9, 2013