DeKALB – Richard Sanderson, 87, of DeKalb, Illinois, formerly of Lee, died Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center, DeKalb. |
Born September 7, 1926, the son of Raymond A. and Ruth L. (Olson) Sanderson, Richard married Evelyn I. Gaeke on April 30 1955, in Oak Park.
Richard was a veteran of the US Marines and Army National Guard, having served during the Korean Conflict. Richard was a lifetime farmer for more than 50 years. He was a lifelong member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee, and member of Prime Timers, and DeKalb County Farm Bureau of which he was a board member. He enjoyed aviation, bowling, woodworking, cards, travel, and he was the neighborhood ""cookie monster.""
He is survived by his wife, Lynn; five daughters, Debra (Jack) Dale of Santee, California, Cheryl (Mike) Bentley of Abilene, Texas, Pam (Doug) Darrow of Oxford, Iowa, Diana (Dirk) Gunderson of West Chicago and Beth (Darrell) Johnson of Sycamore; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marilyn Courtney.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Ruth Sanderson; father- and mother-in-law, Charles and Emma Gaeke; brother, Donald Sanderson and his wife Evelyn; son-in-law, Gordon Wade; brother-in-law, Tom Courtney; nephews, Kevin, David and Craig Courtney; brother-in-law, Charles Gaeke; and brother- and sister-in-law, Marvin and Arlene Gaeke.
The funeral service will be held at noon Tuesday, November 19, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 19 Perry Road, Lee, with the Rev. Craig E. Nelson officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Steward, with full military honors by the DeKalb County Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services at noon Tuesday at Calvary Lutheran Church, Lee.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Richard A. Sanderson Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Nov. 18, 2013