Kenneth Earl Sanders

01/28/1924 — 01/16/2014

From Kennewick, WA, USA | Born in LaGrange, Wyoming

Kenneth Earl Sanders

Kenneth Earl Sanders entered this world on a cold January day in La Grange, Wyoming. He was born in 1924, and passed away in Kennewick, Washington on January 16, 2014. He would have been 90 on the 28th.

Kenneth lived his earlier years in La Grange, and met his bride of 68 years there. After a year at Northwest Nazarene College, he entered the Army in August of 1944. He was sent to France in January of 1945, and in March of that year he was wounded as he scouted the French German border to locate the enemies' position. He was awarded the Purple Heart and sent home on July 4, 1945. He married Dorothy Scharnhorst in September of the same year, and they took their jar full of pennies and moved to Dayton, Washington to find work. In December of 1947, Kenneth and Dorothy and their first son of 2 months, Kenneth Le Roy moved to Kennewick. Kenneth began work as a crane operator for Neil F. Lampson, and 30 years later, retired from Lampson's to continue work at SAS. His work at the Started Alternator Service, owned by his son Kenneth and wife Rhoda became his occupation for the next 25 years. He was actively employed there until illness set in at the beginning of his 89th year.

Work was not Kenneth's only past time, although he enjoyed it immensely. He was a devoted husband and father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend. Family meant the world to him. He loved the get togethers and activities. He liked to spend time outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping. He had always been an active member of the Cathedral of Joy and a close friend of the long-time pastor there, Reverend Dale White.

Kenneth's hugs, smiles and funny sayings will be missed. Especially by his family, who knew him so well. He was preceded in death by his mother, Stacia and father, Floyd and his second son, Larry. He has three remaining children, Kenneth L. Sanders and Karen Newhart of Kennewick, and Mike Sanders of Dallas, Oregon. He was the grandfather of ten and great grandfather of twenty-one. His sisters and brothers still living are Alice Martin, Myra Gaines, Richard Dick Sanders, of Kennewick, LaRee Mann of Hamilton, Montana, and Theodore Ted Sanders of El Cajon, California. Kenneth is also survived by his wife Dorothy.

The memories the family and friends have of Kenneth are priceless. He will ever be with us in our hearts and minds, and we are confident he has gone home to be with the Lord.

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  • I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Sanders. He has had such an exciting life. We celebrate a life well lived. Job 42:17. Extending my deepest condolences over this wonderful man that we have lost. May God comfort you and bring you peace. Heartfelt prayers are with the family. Galatians 1:3; John 11:11; John 6:40.

    S. Elaine
    November 4, 2014
    WA
  • Kenneth helped raise me. I was a little boy when Kenneth & Dorothy got married. I spent many summers in Kennewick with them until I graduated from high school. In recent years Kenneth & Dorothy traveled with us all over the US. We shared many great times together and will miss him terribly.

    Wayne & Marty Scharnhorst
    November 4, 2014
    Douglasville, GA
  • I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Sanders. He has had such an exciting life. We celebrate a life well lived. Job 42:17. Extending my deepest condolences over this wonderful man that we have lost. May God comfort you and bring you peace. Heartfelt prayers are with the family. Galatians 1:3; John 11:11; John 6:40.

    S. Elaine
    November 4, 2014
    WA
  • Kenneth helped raise me. I was a little boy when Kenneth & Dorothy got married. I spent many summers in Kennewick with them until I graduated from high school. In recent years Kenneth & Dorothy traveled with us all over the US. We shared many great times together and will miss him terribly.

    Wayne & Marty Scharnhorst
    November 4, 2014
    Douglasville, GA