Ralph Sanderson

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Ralph E. Sanderson

Fort Gratiot

Ralph Edward Sanderson, 88,  died Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Regency On The Lake.

He was born February 14, 1926 in Port Huron to the late John and Mary Sanderson.  He married Kathleen M. Miles on June 22, 1946 in Port Huron.  She preceded him in death on March 13, 2013.

Ralph served his country in the United States Army Air Corp during World War II.  He worked for the Detroit News for 24 years and the Times Herald for over seven years.  He then owned and operated a bicycle store in East Lansing until his retirement in 1990.  He was a member of the Perry Congregational Church in Perry, MI and Central East Lansing Businessman's Association (CELBA) in East Lansing.  He was a founding member and contributor to the World War II Memorial.  Ralph could build anything and enjoyed woodworking, and was very involved in his grandchildren and great grandchildren's activities and functions.

He is survived by two sons, David (Sally) Sanderson and Mark (June) Sanderson; his daughter, Amy (Tommy Smith IV) Michaud; six grandchildren, Daniel (Josie) Sanderson, Kevin (Tiffany) Sanderson, Brian Sanderson, Lori (Brian) Cooke and Jesse and Kyle Sanderson; eight great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by two brothers, Stewart and Lawrence "Bud" Sanderson; and two sisters, Florence Rowe and Ruth Sanderson.

Visiting hours will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday in Smith Family Funeral Home-North.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in Smith Family Funeral Home-North, 1525 Hancock Street, Port Huron with visiting starting at 10:00 a.m.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery.  Military Honors will be conducted under the auspices of the Veterans Honor Guard Alliance.

Memorials may be made to the Veteran's Honor Guard Alliance.


Funeral Home
Smith Family Funeral Home (North)
1525 Hancock St.  Port Huron, MI 48060
(810) 985-4351
Funeral Home Details
Published in The Times Herald on June 17, 2014
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