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Oct 15, 1936 - Jan 24, 2021


October 15, 1936 - January 24, 2021


Richard Carl Sanders, a long-time resident of Marquette, passed away Sunday, January 24, 2021 at his home.

Richard was born in Flint, Mich. on October 15, 1936, to Garland and Mildred Sanders. He married Mary L. Sanders in Flint on December 27, 1972.

From a young age, Richard was a sports enthusiast and athlete. He was most successful playing baseball and was on the roster of state and city championship teams as well as a team that reached the Air Force World Series in the 1950s. He maintained a devoted faith in traditional Native American spirituality and was actively involved with many elders in this practice.

Richard was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle and will be deeply missed by so many people who were a part of his life.

He loved to converse with anyone he met. He had a thirst for knowledge and read books and listened to talk radio daily. Richard never met a stranger and enjoyed talking to people for hours on any subject. Family and friends say his knowledge was unparalleled.

Surviving are his wife, Mary L. Sanders of Marquette; five daughters, Linda Lang Sanders of Sebewaing, MI, Rebecca and husband Robert July of Otisville, MI, Dayna Sanders of Grand Blanc, MI, Mia Sanders of Saratoga Springs, NY, and Mariah and husband Mike Vaynshteyn of Spokane, WA; his two sons are Luke and Riley Sanders of Marquette; he had 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and his three brothers, Robert, Eugene, and Kenneth. Memorial contributions can be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 16th at 4 p.m. at the Presque Isle Pavilion in Marquette with Lynn Swadley officiating.

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801- 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 in Mr. Sanders memory.

Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Sanders family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com.


Memorial Service
Fri, Jul 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Presque Isle Pavilion

Peter White Drive
Marquette, MI 49855

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