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Robert (Bob) Dale Sanders, 73, of Chico, passed into eternal life on Sunday, April 11, 2010, after a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Carol Sanders of Chico; one brother, Jerry Sanders of Chico; six children, Sheri (Tom) Nix of Chico, Lonna Sanders of Napa, Lisa (Randy) Becker of Paradise, Jeff (LeXuan) Culbreath of Orland, Jason Culbreath of Chico, and Jory Culbreath of San Diego; and 13 grandchildren whom he adored, Justin, Sarah, Alex, Ryan, Aaron, Jordan, Jonathan, Maranda, Amy, Christopher, Amanda, Annie, and Dane.

Robert (Bob) was born in Orland, California on December 6, 1936 to Dale and Mary Sanders (who was widowed and later married Albert Ramonda). He was a 1955 graduate of Orland High School. An engineer by training, he was employed by PG&E for 46 years. Bob farmed almonds in Durham for 10 years, served on Chico's Planning Commission for 7 years, and always took an active interest in his community. When his children were young he enjoyed spending summers at Lake Almanor. In his semi-retirement he enjoyed spending time at Casper Beach, reading, sailing to Catalina, feeding his backyard birds, and most of all, spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Handsome, good-humored, warm-hearted and generous, he made friends easily and was loved by many. He will be most remembered for the many loving sacrifices he made for his family.

A viewing for Bob will be held Friday, April 16, 2010 from 5-7 p.m. at Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 3 p.m. at Glen Oaks Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The UCSF Interstitial Lung Disease Program, c/o the funeral home.

You may view obituary and send condolences to Bob's family online at nbcfh.com.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2010
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