Ernest August Sanford Jr.

March 8, 1926December 12, 2013


Ernest A. Sanford was born March 8, 1926 in Hanford, CA to Ernest A. Sanford Sr. and Irene May Hale Sanford. He graduated from the eighth grade in New Lenox, IL and came to Red Bluff in 1941 where he attended the Red Bluff Union High School.

He served in the Army with the 32nd Infantry Division in the Philippines during WWII. He married Edna Delphine Hazen on January 10th, 1945. They have two sons, Kenneth A. Sanford & Donald R. Sanford, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He graduated from Shasta College in 1952 and from Sacramento State University in 1958. He taught at Jackson Heights Elementary School and for the Tehama County Dept. of Education. He was past president of the Red Bluff Elementary School Teachers’ association, first square dance caller for the Swinging Squares, Post Commander for Jim Kennedy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1932 from 1982-84, district 20 VFW Commander in 1986-87, State VFW Hospital Chairman 1988-90, Post Commander for Mt. Lassen Post # 167 of the American Legion 1992-93, Exalted Ruler for the Red Bluff Elks Lodge #1250 during 1993-94. He is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans’ Post # 128; a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, the Military Order of the Cootie P.T. 61, National Rifle association, Past Commanders’ Club, 40 & 8, California Teacher’s Association, National Education Association and AARP

There will be Graveside Services on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 2:00pm at Oak Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Hoyt-Cole Chapel of the Flowers.


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Ernest August Sanford Jr.

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Victoria Gomez

January 21, 2014

So sad to hear the news of Ernie passing :( he was such a wonderful man, he will truly be missed!!

Valerie seagraves

December 29, 2013

Love you

December 26, 2013

Our thoughts are with your family and friends at this difficult time - Hoyt-Cole Chapel of the Flowers