Robert D. Sanders
1960 - 2018
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Robert D. Sanders, 57, of Gary, Indiana, went to be with the Lord September 8, 2018, at home surrounded by family. He was born December 24,1960, in East Chicago, Indiana, the son of late Jesse and Cecil Sanders. He was the second to the youngest of 5 siblings. On November 30, 2002, he married Joyelle Carey-Sanders. He graduated from Emerson High School. After he graduated college, he served as a Gary Police Officer for 35 years. Robert was a Reverend and Minister of music at Gethsemane Baptist Church, St. James M.B. Church and many more. Preceded in death by his mother, father, sister, and daughter. Survived by his wife, 7 daughters, 3 sons, sister, brother, aunts, uncle, cousins, and 2 close friends. A Musical Tribute in his honor will be held Friday, September 14, 2018 at St. James Missionary Baptist Church Gary, IN. Visitation Saturday September 15, 2018 from 9-11:00 a.m. Family hour 10-11:00 a.m. Funeral Service immediately following at 11:00 am all services at New Bethel Fellowship COGIC 110 W. 43rd Ave. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery.

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Published in Post-Tribune on Sep. 12, 2018.
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December 12, 2018
Zena Jackson
December 1, 2018
Sanders Family
I don't need to tell what an amazing person Robert was. I worked with him many times when I needed back up he was always ready to help/ The world is a little less comfortable since his passing. To all stay blessed and know Robert was truly a man of God and just the perfect person.
September 17, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about Robert's passing. I met him when I was 12 years old and he gave me my first solo. I have been singing ever since. May God's love and the wonderful memories of Robert's life continue to comfort you.
Jewelettla Bell
September 16, 2018
Sorry for the Sanders family lost, he is truly in peace resting in heaven for sure, You have meant so much to our family, and playing the organ at Free will Baptist Church, and helping my mother Rose Askew, helped her with the male chorus, and playing piano for the church and playing the trump in the marching band, and police in Gary, RIP in peace....Askew Family....
Avery Askew
September 15, 2018
I'm so thankful that I got to see Robert last year this time. It had been over 30 years. He came up to me during my brother, Clemmons Allen's homecoming service in Gary. I knew Robert when he was a small talented boy, teenager and very young man. His mom and my mom were best friends. May God continue to bless the family.
Rilene Allen Brookins
September 15, 2018
Rilene Brookins
September 14, 2018
My prayers go out to the family and friends of Rev. Robert (Bobby) Sanders. Still so hard to believe that you are gone. You were a very gentle soul and humble Man of God!! You were so dedicated to the St. James MB Church Choir and I truly enjoyed working with you. You were a GREAT organist and friend!! Even after we left Indiana, I can still remember the phone conversations and words of wisdom we would give one another. Thank you for always believing in me and pushing me when I felt like giving up. Take your rest now, you fought a good fight! Rest in Heaven My Friend!
Tyrone Franklin
September 14, 2018
Sending prayers of comfort, strength and endurance...Officer Sanders was a great man of GOD who will surely be missed..Rose M. Franklin & The Dean Family..
Rose Franklin
September 14, 2018
To the family,

Sanders is at peace. Think of the good times and smile. For comfort read Ecclesiastes 3:1-15,17,19,20,22. May The Creator bring you peace during this time. Sanders and I would talk every now and then when I was the Desk Sgt back in the day.
Michael & Ermalene Gault Sr
September 14, 2018
Valerie, Our Mother, the late Laura Cole, and Evonne
To Nene, we were saddened to hear of your father's passing and we pray that God will Bless and keep your entire family in his hands. You will see him again. Look to the hills which cometh your help, your help comes from The Lord!! The McDade, Anderson, Jackson, and Harris families.
Evonne McDade
September 14, 2018
this is to the family. I met Bobby years ago at Gethsemane M B Church. Found out he went to school with two of my boys. Bobby was a kind and generous person you ever met. He taught me something that I never would think of at my age. I love him and his family. God bless the whole family and we know Bobby you have crossed over to the other side... no more pain...
Deacon Andrew Warren
September 14, 2018
We the Hopkins Sisters, send our sincere condolences to each member of the Sanders family, during this most difficult of times.

Robert was truly a wonderful person, who gave of himself to so many, he was always there when you needed him.
We grew up with him at First Freewill Baptist Church, where our families worshiped together, where we sang in the junior choir under the direction of his mother Sis. Sanders and Robert. What wonderful times we had in the service of the Lord.

Know that we will keep you all in our prayers and may your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Janna Jennings
Sharon Hopkins
and Valerie Lee
The Hopkins Family
September 14, 2018
My condolences to you and your family for the loss if your dad may God bless you and your family
Beverly Rodgis
September 13, 2018
Gods speed to you and yours young cousin! I wish peace and joy to those who love him.
September 13, 2018
May You rest in Peace. I will truly miss you and the outgoing personality and love shown towards me and my Family whenever I saw you, truly a Man of God who could sang, sang, sang has left a remarkable example on the world that I feel will never be able to be replaced love you and God's Blessings to your Family say hello to your beautiful mom whom our family will always love and miss from a long time friend and former member of First Freewill Choir which was a joy to be in with you Robert as a Choir Director.
Benita Rhymes
September 13, 2018
Praying for you Joy. Heartfelt condolences to you and the family.
September 13, 2018
You will be missed big bro. Love You Pamela Staples Ward!!
Pamela Staples Ward
September 12, 2018
Condolences to the family and prayers for peace. I remember seeing him as he worked on beach patrol. What a wonderful person he was.
Vanessa Breese
September 12, 2018
Good night my friend, Thank you for your friendship, I am a better for having known you and laughed with you. Please kiss your mom as soon as you get to heaven. I think of her often. My prayers are with your family. RIH my friend, love and light always.
Dani'ell Donald-Castleberry
September 12, 2018
My sincerest condolences to his family. I am stunned to learn of his passing. He was a wonderful spirit, always a kind gentleman and always friendly. I loved to hear him sing as a teen with the United Male Chorus. His voice could reach the Heavens and now he is singing in the Heavenly choir. May God give his family strength, comfort, and peace during this time of bereavement. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
May he rest eternally with God.
Valencia Davidson
September 12, 2018
So sorry to hear about your lost. GOD is still good all the time. I will be praying for the family.
September 12, 2018
Ofc. Bobby Sanders you were a wonderful spirit to be around. Always a smile never unpleasant and so soft spoken. May you rest in Heavenly Peace. Praying for your family for strength.
Dorita Lingvay
September 12, 2018
To the family of Robert Sander. My family and I send out deepest condolence doing this sad occasion. May God bless the family is my prayer.
Norris Taylor
September 12, 2018
Mr. Bobby Sanders, you will truly be missed. Thank you for your warm loving spirit that you brought every time you entered the room!
Rest Easy my friend !
Orvin Ware
September 12, 2018
My condolences to you and your family May God comfort you in this difficult time
Beverly Rodgis
September 12, 2018
May you have many prayers of love and support because of your loss. May God be with the family during this very sad occasion. Please accept my condolence. Php 4: 6, 7
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