In memory of

Richard "Dick" Sanders

September 29, 1938 - June 2, 2017
From: Early, IA
Richard "Dick" Sanders

Richard "Dick" Sanders

Born: September 29, 1938
Died: June 2, 2017
Age: 78
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Richard “Dick” Sanders, age 78, of Early, IA, passed away on Friday, June 2, 2017, at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake, IA.  Richard Aubrey Sanders was born in the family home near Nemaha, IA, on September 29, 1938, to Aubrey Howard and Veva (Woodyard) Sanders.  He was baptized at the Methodist Church in Nemaha on May 12, 1940.  Dick attended elementary school and graduated from Delaware Consolidated Township School in Nemaha with the class of 1957.

     On August 16, 1959, Richard was united in marriage to Karleen Christiansen at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sac City.  They made their home in Early. Dick, in partnership with his dad, owned and operated Sanders Hardware. Dick took over the business when his father became ill.  He loved collecting  Maytag wringer washers, and you could count on him for parts and service. 

     As a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Dick served in various offices.  He drove school bus for over 48 years and was involved in the community serving on the Early Community Development Corporation Board and was a member of the Early Lions Club.  Dick was honored to receive the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. 

     Dick was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle.  He was a proud grandpa and loved attending his grandson’s activities.  He played softball in his younger years.  Dick enjoyed playing dart ball, bowling, and playing cards with family and with his card club.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

     Survivors include his wife Karleen of Early; son Stuart Sanders and wife Jody of Nevada, IA; two grandsons: Jordan and Jacob Sanders both of Nevada; two brothers: Robert Sanders of Johnston, IA and William Sanders and wife Jennifer of Des Moines, IA; several nieces and nephews; extended family; and a host of friends.

     Dick was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Timothy Allan Sanders; parents-in-law Glen and Emma Christiansen; and sister-in-law Ruth Sanders.

     The family has designated Loring Hospital to receive memorial contributions in Dick’s memory.



Funeral Service
10:30 a.m., Tuesday
June 6, 2017
Faith Lutheran Church
Early, Iowa

Pastor Charles Bettin
5:00-8:00 p.m., Monday
June 5, 2017
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Nemaha Cemetery
Nemaha, Iowa


Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 10:40 AM
“I am sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I have fond memories of going with my dad to the hardware store and other family get togethers. ”
- Rachel Santema Freeman
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 10:40 AM
“Sending my sincerest condolences to Karleen and family on your recent loss of Dick. May your treasured memories and the support of each other, comfort you all at this time.”
- Peter Friswell
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11:46 AM
“Fond memories of meeting Dick in the summer of 2012 at the store. He was my Maytag "go to" man for parts for my many restorations. Condolences to Karlene and the rest of the family.”
- Brad N. Ross
Friday, June 9, 2017 at 9:30 AM
“So sad to hear of Dick's passing. He was always a caring and helpful person inside and outside the hardware store. He will be truly missed by all.”
- Len and Pat Schulke
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 3:19 PM
“Thinking of you in your time of sorrow. ”
- Karen Platt McGoveran
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 10:07 AM
“Sorry to hear about dick, he was a great guy. He was a happy guy n always said hi to me, when I seen him. He's going to be missed.”
- Marlene Buffinton (Wallace)
Monday, June 5, 2017 at 3:52 PM
“i remember Dick as always sympathy to all of you....”
- Pegi De Garmo Cavanaugh
Monday, June 5, 2017 at 3:52 PM
“Karleen and family
So sorry to hear of Dicks passing . He was a great guy . He was always so jolly and had that contagious smile . Will always remember our visits at the family reunions . Will not be able to come to visitation or funeral , but our thoughts and prayers are with you . Take care and God Bless Shanda”
- Shanda Bannister
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