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Sidney V. MANDERS Sr.

Of Lakeville went to be with the Lord Sunday morning October 27th. He is preceded in death by his parents Sidney and Matilda; his sisters Margaret and June; brothers, Bill and Jim. He is survived by his Loving wife of 64 years Dee; children, Dusty (Elaine), Wendy (Steven), Terry (Lori) and Jody (Jeff); 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; his sister, Gloria (Wally) Gerard and brother, Dave (Val) Manders. Sid grew up in St Paul. His hard work ethic began when he was young, delivering newspapers and working in a butcher shop. He joined the Air Force and flew a B17 during WWII, being shot down 3 times. The last time he was taken prisoner in Germany and suffered many forms of torture. It was his strong faith that would help him survive, returning to the states at a mire 90 pounds and with damaged legs. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and many other accolades. He met and married his beautiful wife Dee on June 11, 1949. With the Love of his wife and his faith he was able to overcome his pain and injuries to start an extraordinary life. He owned a Mobil Station on Selby Ave. in St Paul and from there founded Manders Diesel Repair a Mack Truck Dealership in Lakeville, a business that still beares his name and carries on the traditions while keeping up with the times. Over the years in the business he made many lifelong friendships that he cherished. His greatest accomplishment in his long life was the family that he and Dee raised with Love. With the strength he has shown them they will be able to carry on and continue to make him proud. The family would like to thank all of the nurses at Fairview Ridges Hospital that took care of him in his final days and tell them "Have a Nice Day!" Memorial Service 10:30 AM Friday, November 1, 2013 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 20165 Heath Ave., (Cty. Rd. 50) Lakeville, MN. Gathering of family and friends one hour prior to service at church. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery. White Funeral Home Lakeville 952-469-2723 www.whitefuneralhomes.com


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Published in Pioneer Press from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2013
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