McHENRY – Michael Scott Sanders, 40, of McHenry, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013, at home with his family around him after a two-year fight with cancer.
He was born in Centralia on June 6, 1972, to Pamela and Terry Sanders. He married Sharon Brown Sanders on Aug. 18, 2001.
He was an extremely devoted family man, father, husband and friend, and he spent his life doing things for other people. He loved to fish, hike, be outdoors and play music, but most of all he loved being with family.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Pamela Jones Caswell; aunt, Jackie Jones; stepmother, Brenda Blackman Sanders; and grandmother, Belva Sanders.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Sanders; son, Wyatt Sanders; father, Terry Sanders; stepmother, Terri Lynn Sanders; five stepchildren, Mike Studer, Jake Harris and wife, Nicole, Marjorie (Harris) Kandler and husband Ben, Gloria Harris and fiancé, Rob Balmes, and Olivia Speciale; five grandchildren, Nora, Miles, Rowan, Abigail and Caleb; maternal grandmother, Clyda Jones; and grandfather, Harold Jones and wife, Darlene Jones; paternal grandmother, Marilyn Liaghat; and grandfather, Edwin Sonny Sanders; two sisters, Monica King Backs and husband, Keith, and Mary Lou Caswell; four brothers, Tracy Caswell Jr., David Sanders and wife, Courtney, Drue Sanders and Dacota Sanders; aunt, Donna Jones Roller; aunt Betty Jones West and Mike Kent; cousins, Michelle Nitz Geiler (Curt), Andy Roller, Brian West (Amber), Beth West Nicolaison (Jamie) and Jessie; great-uncle, Michael Charles Sanders and wife, Gaye; aunt, Debbie Sanders Molk and husband Don; aunt, Rhonda Sanders Melone and husband, Joe; aunt, Sheila Liaghat Gilbert; aunt, Linda Liaghat Thrower (Mark); aunt, Shanna Liaghat McKenna (Patrick); uncle, Mike Sanders and wife, Kathy; uncle, Stan Sanders; uncle, Jimmy Liaghat; nieces, Alyssa, Pamela and Charlotte; nephews, Kameron, Landon, Jessie, Michael, Zachary and Grady; cousins, Brad Blackman (Berkeley), Terry Hamburg and wife, Maria, Alisha, Mike, Mikayla, Thomas, Alec, Josh, Kevin, T.J., Sarah, Michelle, Nicole and Melissa; his very dear friend, Ryan Mildenburger; and many longtime friends from Precision Quincy Corporation; his beloved in-laws, Ron and Marjorie Brown, Mike and Linda Brown, Kris and Chris Smith, Steve and Debbie Brown, Paul and Laura Ferrara; and many nieces and nephews.
He worked at Precision Quincy Corporation in Woodstock for nearly 19 years where he wore many, many hats, and made countless friends and acquaintances through his endless devotion to his job.
There will be an open house luncheon from noon to 5 p.m. and a memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at McCullom Lake Village Hall, 4811 Orchard Drive, McCullom Lake. Officiating will be Randy Wright, Mike's youth pastor from Centralia.
He will be so very missed by the many hearts and lives he touched in his young life. His family and close friends take comfort knowing that Jesus Christ was and is his Savior and that Mike's soul will be at peace and with God for eternity.