LEE – Paul Kenneth Sanderson, 66, of Lee, Ill., passed away following a courageous battle with diabetes on Monday, May 20, 2013, at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore.
He was born on July 31, 1946, in DeKalb, the son of Kenneth and Grace (Olson) Sanderson. He graduated from Shabbona High School and went on to attend Kishwaukee College and South Dakota State. He was previously married to Janet Weinreich in which they shared five children. He later married Susan Jane Truckenbrod on Dec. 28, 2002.
Farming was his passion. He lived on the family farm all of his life where he spent countless hours keeping the yard and fields in top shape. After a long day, he would spend endless hours relaxing on the porch enjoying the peacefulness of country living. His true pride and joy was his family. He was a devoted husband, father, stepfather and grandfather. He tossed thousands of pitches to not only his children but to many youth in the Lee community as he coached youth baseball for many years. He was an avid sports fan following his beloved Illini, Bears and Cubs. He spent 20 years on the Alto Township board as a supervisor. He was the current president and 25-year member of the Union Cemetery Board. In recent years, he and Susan took up and shared their love of traveling together, taking in new sites out west and in the south.
He is survived by his children, Bradley (Christy) Sanderson, Natalie Sanderson, Brock Sanderson, Nicholas (Kelly) Sanderson and Barrett (Tracey) Sanderson; stepchildren, Mark and Andrew Swanson; seven grandchildren, Tristan, Tate, Ryker and Lillian Sanderson; and step-grandchildren, Zephan, Hollianna and Lenna Drew. He also is survived by a sister, Linda (David) Jordal; a niece and nephew, Lauren (John) Hintzsche and Brent (Laura) Hinkston; and his great-nephews, Mike, Riley and Brice Hintzsche and Jacob and Ben Hinkston.
He was predeceased by his parents, Ken and Grace; sister, Karen; and brother-in-law, Bill Hinkston.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Unger Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. Sixth St., Rochelle. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee, with another visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral. Burial will be at Union Cemetery.
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