OBITUARY

John Raymond SANDERS

December 21, 1932March 7, 2019

SANDERS, JOHN RAYMOND "JACK", A UNITED STATES NAVY VETERAN, OF SURPRISE, ARIZONA. FOLLOWING A LONG ILLNESS, JACK SANDERS PASSED ON TO HIS ETERNAL HOME ON THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019 AT 11:45 AM. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS LOVING WIFE, CONSTANCE DOERER SANDERS. JACK AND CONSTANCE WERE MARRIED 65 YEARS, DECEMBER 13, 2018 AND JACK CELEBRATED HIS 86TH BIRTHDAY DECEMBER 21, 2018. SURVIVING JACK ARE HIS FOUR CHILDREN, SHANNON SANDERS MCDONALD, LAUREN SANDERS ROLFES, LYNNE SANDERS VIDMAR, AND JOHN STEWART SANDERS; SEVEN GRANDCHILDREN, JUDE MICHAEL ROLFES, HILLARY ANNE ROLFES, CHRISTINE VIDMAR GOMES, JOSEPH ROBERT VIDMAR, JOHN STEWART SANDERS, JR., EMILY COLLINS SANDERS, THOMAS BRYAN SANDERS; TWO GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, CHARLOTTE SHELDON ROLFES AND SANDERS JACK ROLFES. HE IS SURVIVED BY ONE SISTER, ARLENE SANDERS HOFFMAN, NUMEROUS COUSINS, NIECES, AND NEPHEWS. FOLLOWING GRADUATION FROM MOUNT ST. JOSEPH COLLEGE, JACK SERVED IN THE KOREAN WAR WITH THE U.S. NAVY ON THE USS GREAT SITKIN AND WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED IN 1955. FOLLOWING HIS SERVICE, JACK WAS EMPLOYED AS AN ENGINEER WITH GLENN L. MARTIN COMPANY AND CONTRIBUTED TO THE SPACE EFFORT WORKING ON THE TITAN AND GEMINI PROGRAMS. AFTER A LONG CAREER, JACK RETIRED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IN 1995. A MEMORIAL MASS TO BE CELEBRATED AT A LATER DATE TO BE DETERMINED. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, DONATIONS CAN BE MADE TO PRINCE OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH 14818 W. DEER VALLEY DRIVE, SUN CITY WEST, AZ 85375 OR FELLOWSHIP SQUARE, RETIREMENT HOME 16477 W. BELL ROAD, SURPRISE, AZ 85374. TO SIGN THE GUESTBOOK ONLINE, AND TO SHARE YOUR MEMORIES, AND TO SEND CONDOLENCES AND WELL-WISHES TO THE FAMILY, PLEASE VISIT, www.surprisefuneralcare.com.

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Cindy Rolfes

March 21, 2019

Dearest Constance and all the Sanders family,
So very sorry about losing such a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, and all the great things Jack was to all the people who knew him. Your beautiful family is a testament to the love and care that he showered on you all. I know that we Rolfes’s have been truly blessed to have had Jude marry into the Sanders family. God bless you all and may your memories serve to comfort you in the days ahead.

Joe Vidmar

March 21, 2019

Grumps,
I will never forget all of the lessons and skills I learned while hanging out with you. I learned to shoot bottle rockets, fly and build model airplanes, I learned about siguls (seaguls) and zinks (sinks) and warshing (washing) cars. My favorite vehicle of yours was your Ford Ranger. I remember riding in the back jump seats, bouncing around all the way to the ocean to fly kites. I liked that truck so much that I just bought one of my own, a 1998 Ford Ranger with the same small jump seats. I wish we could go for one more ride.

Dave Vidmar

March 21, 2019

Jack was my substitute Dad after I lost my Dad in 1999. The photo below was from that time and reminds me of all the projects and times we shared with him. We did lots of stuff. He was inspiring to me. He was my motivator and influencer to do things I wasn't sure I could do. Once I found myself on the top of his very tall chimney on the old house in Parksley Virginia because he convinced me I could repair a mortar joint. " Naaa, you don't need a rope!" He was always grateful for the projects we took on. A little stubborn to get started but always happy to show off the final result. He made me a better handyman because he was the consummate handy man. He was old school with old tools and many of the results were amazing. When I showed him my laser measuring device he insisted on confirming with his tape measure. Yet, he loved his gadgets and was awestruck by watching a moving pod get dropped off and picked up by a fascinating truck. We worked side by side many times to move homes, furniture, auction treasures, barn stuff, kids and animals. A great father-in-law and I will miss him and think of a him with every root beer and slurpee. Thanks Grumps

Christine Gomes

March 20, 2019

Dear Grandpa/Pop Pop/Grumps,
We miss you already. I am so thankful Joe and I were able to spend quality time with you in December, despite your failing health. You even taught Joe how to balance a checkbook! Thank you for being such an involved grandparent throughout the years- attending my 35-degree rainy soccer games, ballet and piano recitals, and many graduations. I have fond memories of my time in Parksley, playing in the barn and cellar and collecting pecans. I could always count on you to follow my local school and sports teams happenings even when you were far away. Miss your "holy smokes" and laugh. Love you and watch over us from heaven.
Granddaughter hugs,
Christine

andrea kingsmill

March 20, 2019

Dear Constance and Family,
I have so enjoyed hearing of Laurie's adventures with her family while spending time both on and off the tennis courts. What I always took away from those casual conversations was Laurie's admiration and adoration of her father. Jack, it seemed to me was a big man, with a big heart and was always willing to open it up to everyone. These are the people who leave a big void when they depart from us. But they also leave us with precious memories that we will never forget and a love that will never die.
I offer you and your family my deepest sympathy and will pray for the repose of the soul of Jack Sanders.
With love and sympathy,
Andrea and Tim Kingsmill

Lynne Vidmar

March 20, 2019

Sanders Reunion 2016 (Surprise, Arizona)
Missing from photo: Shannon McDonald and Rodrigo Gomes

John Sanders

March 20, 2019

John Sanders

March 20, 2019

John Sanders

March 20, 2019

Dear Dad,

I know your last months were difficult but filled with love and service from Mom and us siblings as well as your friends. I am very sad you are gone from our lives but you will always be present in our memories as you are now in a wonderful place, reunited with the rest of your departed family and friends. I know you are now tinkering with rockets (model and real), trying to fly model planes, helping with little league, watching football games intently from the stands, and having a fun time with your old high school and navy buddies. You have taught me the meaning of service, responsibility and given me just enough stubbornness to keep driving on when times are tough and enough calmness to make it through challenges with dignity. I remember our early morning crabbing trip to the Eastern Shore, wading through waist deep Chesapeake Bay water dipping blue crabs and putting them in our floating basket with an inner-tube around it. I have no doubt your bushel basket is now overflowing!

All of my love, your favorite Son.

Laurie Rolfes

March 19, 2019

Dear Dad,
I thought of you as unassumingly “cool”, with your wayfarer sunglasses, white tee shirts, white socks and plaid Bermudas at the beach. Or with your slim suits, starched white shirts, thin ties and the airplane tie clip always. Very tall, trim and muscular with clear blue, deep set eyes. Always headed to work in the morning and returning in the evenings. My sisters and I waiting patiently all bathed and fluffed up on the front porch. “Daddy’s home!” Those were the good old days!
Always wild in our pool with too many cousins for every summer holiday. Sledding and ice-skating on our nearby ponds in winter. You even made an ice skating rink in our backyard. Our first long road trip to Denver in the Buick where you made a platform (before seat belts and car seats) for us to nap on. Too bad I got that knee infection, oh yes and my broken arm from falling out of the tree (many more calamities we won’t mention here). It was a memorable summer of horseback riding lessons, hiking, touring, and Santa’s Workshop in the Rockies. The beginning of our many road trips now upgraded to the Chevy station wagon.
Most summers spent in Ocean City MD in the deep waves, always hanging on to you. Crabbing in the Chesapeake, making the soup, surf fishing early in the morning; lots of biking too. When home, projects galore inside and out. How I hated sweeping up that grass. I did like watching Bonanza, Big Valley and Gunsmoke with you. You always loved Louis L’Amour and old westerns.
Your time and effort was with your family. No gold medals, no Pulitzer prizes, no family fortune, no great novel written, no peaks scaled; just a great Dad, and to me you were everything a little girl loved. Thanks Dad! Hope you are eternally young, handsome and healthy, pursuing your own dreams.

FROM THE FAMILY