Donald L. Sanders
Donald L. Sander “Don”, 75, of Richland, Iowa passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at the Jefferson County Health Care Center. His body was cremated, as he wished. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to Charles Sander at PO Box 323, Richland, IA 52585. Friends may leave condolences online at www.cranstonfamilyfuneri.com.
Donald Lee Sander was born on April 17, 1947 in Victoria, Kansas to Celestine and Pauline (Stang) Sander. He graduated from Victoria High School and then pursued his education with a Bachelor’s degree from Marymount College of Business and Graduated from Friendship University in Wichita, Kansas. He was a bubbly teenager who drew people with humor and heart. Don has been married to the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Carol Vonfeldt, for over 56 years. Don was a man of many talents and filled his life with experience, travel, family and work. He loved being a part-time DJ for country radio and a stadium announcer in Salina, Kansas. He proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1970 and was a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. When the family moved to Iowa, Donald worked as a plant manager at Harper Brush in Fairfield in 2022. Donald took great care of his family in retirement. He was a loving grandfather who was adored by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. If you were to ask any of their grandchildren or great-grandchildren, they would say that they are the funniest person ever, and that no one ever makes a better joke. His smile was contagious, and he had a good sense of humor all the time. He could always be found watching college football or basketball (go Jayhawks!) reading or spending time with family. He always had a cup of coffee and never missed a donut. She would open her home to anyone who needed a home-cooked meal, never left hungry, and spent her life helping others. Don’s stories, advice, and wisdom will last a lifetime and beyond. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings.
She is survived by her loving husband Charles Sander of Richland, Iowa; two sons, Clayton Sander of Richland, Iowa and Renee (Jason) Eberhart of Topeka, Kansas; three grandchildren, Ashley (Lane) Johnson of Keosauqua, IIowa, Thomas (Trisha) Armstrong of Kansas City, Kansas, and Corey Kindlesparger of Salina, Kansas, 10 great-grandchildren, as well as extended family and friends. He is also survived by a sister, Doris Hertel of Wichita, Kansas.
Saying goodbye means no more smiling, no more cuddling, no more moments on this side of eternity; however, beautiful memories bring comfort from pain.