Robert L. Sanders, 90, of Granite City, passed away at 6:20 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 at his home.
He was born Sept. 3, 1925, in Fillmore, Ill., a son of the late Shirley and Margaret (Kabrick) Sanders. He married Dolores “Dee” (Montoya) Sanders on Aug. 9, 1952, in Granite City and she survives. He retired from the United States Government working at the Granite City Army Depot with many years as a heavy equipment operator. He proudly served his country with the United States Navy. He was a member of the Granite City Eagles Aerie No. 1126 and a member of the AMVETS in Pontoon Beach, where he served as secretary for 21 years. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen and Barry Gauen and Donna and Gary Penrod; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Nelda Sanders and Dale and Michelle Sanders; 12 grandchildren and spouses, Rick and Amy Gauen, Mark and Tina Gauen, Shannon and Terry Heisler, Vikki and Lee Whitefoot, Heather and Tim Connolly, Hilliary and Mike Stapf, Bryan and Corina Sanders, Ryan and Bethany Penrod, Derek Penrod, Leanna Kerker, Josh and Brooke Sanders and Alicia and Jared Jacobs; 17 great-grandchildren, Kenny, Matthew and Cloe Gauen, Meghan and Nicholas Heisler, Jordan Hawkins, Patrick and Quinn Connolly, Tatum and Taylor Stapf, Tyler and Jaylee Penrod, Blake Kerker, Ella Sanders, Cora Jacobs, Lilly Meyers and Drake Jacobs; other extended family and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Wilson; and a brother, William Sanders.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, with the Rev. Derrell Brame officiating. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery in Fillmore, Ill. Memorials may be made to the Tri-Cities Area Association for Handicapped or the American Cancer Society and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.