Kevin William Sanders was born outside Chicago on October 13th, 1979 to Duane and Sandra Sanders. He grew up in Palos Hills, IL and graduated from Marist High School in 1997. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 with a Bachelor Degree in Animal Science and from Parkland College in 2003 with a Veterinary Technician Certification. Kevin truly believed in the strength and goodness of people. His passion in life was helping and caring for others. He held several Registered Veterinary Technician positions in Champaign, IL, Fort Wayne, IN, Plainfield, IL, Waco, TX and Hewitt, TX. Kevin always did what he thought was right and strove to be the best he could be. He taught at Fox College in Tinley Park, IL and McLennan Community College in TX, inspiring greatness in his students. Kevin lived for the service of others through his participation in the Plainfield Emergency Management Agency in Illinois, the Bruceville-Eddy volunteer Fire Department in Texas and was soon to be an Emergency Medical Technician, having just passed his skills test. Kevin loved caring for animals, working on cars, restoring his 1970 Dodge Charger, listening to music and attending concerts, watching the Chicago Bears and the Fighting Illini, playing paintball and spending time with his family. Kevin is survived by his wife, Sarah Sanders, and son, Reeve Sanders, his mother, Sandra Sanders, his maternal grandmother, Eleanore Frey, a sister Jeanette (Tim) White, a brother, Scott (Allison Muscolino) Sanders and many friends and extended family. Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Duane Sanders. He died doing what he loved to do by serving and protecting others and will be forever remembered as a hero. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2:00 until 9:00 PM at the Plainfield Fire Protection District Headquarters, 23748 West 135th St., Plainfield, IL 60544. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 1, 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 8245 West 111th St., Palos Hills, IL 60465. Interment will follow at the Plainfield Township Cemetery, Plainfield, IL. To donate to the Sanders family directly to support Kevin's wife, Sarah and their son, Reeve, you may walk in to to any Chase Bank branch and tell them you would like to donate to the account of Sarah Sanders of Eddy, Texas. Funds may be used at the family's discretion for future education and general expenses. You may also donate online with a credit card using Paypal. You do not have to register to donate at https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/send-money-online
. Please use the email address: [email protected]
. Please also consider donating to the National Fallen Firefighter's Foundation to support the national organization that has helped the Sanders family through this tragedy. http://www.firehero.org/donate/fonfff.html
. For additional information please call 815/436-9221 or visit www.overman-jones.com
Published by Chicago Tribune on Apr. 28, 2013.