Strate Funeral Home

329 East Grand Coulee Ave, Grand Coulee, WA


Gary Gene Sanderson

February 19, 1947December 31, 2019

On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, Gary Gene Sanderson, husband, father and long-time rancher in Grand Coulee, WA, passed away at the age of 72. Gary was born on February 19, 1947 in Coulee Dam, WA to Donald “Pete” and Winifred Sanderson. He graduated from Grand Coulee High School in 1965 and went on to receive his Bachelor of Finance degree from Washington State University in 1969. During this time Gary married Teresa “Terry” Dunning, and the family returned to ranching on the Sanderson homestead where he and Terry raised three daughters, Polly, Becky, and Jessica. Aside from ranching and farming, Gary loved to read and always enjoyed a good debate regarding current affairs, politics or anything he might have heard on NPR. He had a weakness for chocolate and would often bribe his children and grandchildren with sweets when no one was looking. Camping and fishing were also among his favorite past-times, and he was always looking for the next fishing hole where he might hook “the big one”. At the young age of 38, Gary accomplished his long-time desire to downhill ski. In the years to follow, he enjoyed family ski vacations where many evenings found him recounting stories of his speed and moves on the slopes.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at the Coulee Dam Community Church Fellowship Hall on January 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm.

Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is assisting his family with services. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.stratefuneralhome.com for Gary's family.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 18, 2020


Gary Gene Sanderson

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Mardie Holden

January 20, 2020

I am saddened to read of Gary's passing. What a nice person! I enjoyed the times he'd visit me at my camping spot over the years. I am so glad I got to spend some time with him and Terry last year. Much sympathy to the family for the loss of such a kind man, and gratitude for the times I knew him.

David Hoffman

January 18, 2020

I'll always remember how kind Gary was. My brother and I would go by and visit him in the Fall every year. He was always friendly and welcoming to us. One of the nicest guys if ever known!. God Bless Gary 🙏 Terry and family.

Susan Armstrong

January 12, 2020

A gentle soul, a hard working man. I remember his generous smile that always greeted his family and friends. RIP Gary.

Dawn Jurgensen

January 9, 2020

Please accept my deepest sympathy. Terry, I am so sorry to hear this. I have fond memories of Gary from school.