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Larry “Skip” E. Sandberg

04/26/1940 — 07/16/2023

From West Richland, WA | Born in Denver, CO

Larry “Skip” E. Sandberg

Larry E. Sandberg “Skip” was called home by his heavenly father on July 16th, 2023.  He was born April 26th, 1940 in Denver, Colorado to Larry and Marie Sandberg.  He attended Adams High School and still maintained friendships.  He met and married Stella Haag in Colorado before moving to Richland, WA where they started Tri-City Fence.  It was a successful business for fifty years.  They had two children.

In his teens, he became interested in power lifting, devoting his life to it and training others to love the sport.  He set records attending worldwide meets, and accumulated many trophies.  He was featured in magazines.  After 60 years while still active, Skip was inducted into the Power Lifting Hall Of Fame.

With his second wife, May Hayes, they opened the Sandberg Event Center in West Richland.  He was very proud of the remodeling and waterfall feature he created.

With the closure of the fence company and marriage, Skip continued employment with Almond Asphalt as a salesman.  Dominic and Melissa, the owners, became extended family.  He loved his job and the contact with the business world to the very end.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Brownie, Howard and Andy.  He is survived by his son Brigham Sandberg and granddaughter Jayce, his daughter Stefanie Sandberg and grandson Jayden, sister Kathryn Baumgarten, Tonia Walters and brother-in-law Gary.  He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, cousins, a family in Kansas and special friends.

Friends of Skip will be holding Memorial Potluck in his honor at Flat Top Park on August 19th, 2023 at 5 pm. Please RSVP to 509-967-3465 and bring a dish to pass.

An open house “Celebration of Life” will be shared with his brother Andy on September 2, 2023, at 4209 Norma Loop, West Richland, WA between 3 and 6 p.m.

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  • Skip will always be respected. He taught me a lot and will always be my favorite spotter even when he can one-hand more than I can lift. There are literally thousands more that could thank him here, but we all know the awesome guy he was and is! May we meet again, friend.

    Steve Stallings
    December 4, 2023
    Richland, WA
  • Skipper…you and I enjoyed work and great cars. We shared many great lunches. You will be missed, but I will see you again. Rest in peace my friend.

    Wayne Flaten
    August 3, 2023
    Richland
  • i am so sorry to hear about skip,he was along time friend of mind,my fence was built by his company,we lifted togeather around the northwest,so sorry to hear of his passing

    roger nelson
    August 2, 2023
    Pueblo
  • RIP SKIPPER
    SKIP AND I MET IN BEGINNING OF 2017. SHORTLY AFTER, HE CAME TO WORK FOR US AS AN ESTIMATOR.
    SKIP LOVED HIS JOB AND OUR COMMUNITY. HE ALSO ENJOYED GOING TO THE GYM AND A LITTLE BIT OF GAMBLING;) HE WAS A GREAT MAN AND I AM HONERED TO HAVE SPENT THE LAST 6.5 YEARS NEXT TO HIM LISTENING TO A LIFETIME OF HIS COOL STORIES;)
    WE DO FEEL A MISSING WHEEL TO OUR TEAM:(
    LOVE YOU SKIPPER!
    HALLAFAMER!!
    Melissa Martinolich

    Melissa
    July 31, 2023
    Martinolich
  • I rented my first place from Skippy right next door. Very cool little Apartment. Did know a lot of people that worked at Tri-City fence for I grew up with them up North. Brig sorry for your loss. It was cool to have known you Skippy. Still have the hat in New Condition. Rest Easy…

    Jim Butcher
    July 29, 2023
    Richland
  • Rest in piece my friend. You did all our fences, and gave our daughter a beautiful setting to begin her life with her soul mate. Much love and condolences to your family, Scott Crane and family

    Scott
    July 27, 2023
    Kennewick
  • Hey brother,
    The ice tea is cold and waiting. So glad we shared the last years reminiscing our times in Colorado and your sales jobs at Almond Asphalt.
    My family appreciated the opportunity and skills we learned at Tri City Fence.
    We have fond memories, you are missed. Love, your sister.

    kathryn baumgarten
    July 26, 2023
    West Richland, Wa
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