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Oct 15, 1936 - Jan 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...


Jul 16

Memorial Service

Friday, July 16, 2021
4:00 pm

Presque Isle Pavilion

Peter White Drive
Marquette, MI 49855

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October 15, 1936 - January 24, 2021

Mike Vaynshteyn February 24, 2021

These are my fondest memories of time spent with Rich.

Riches always had a desire and natural love of telling stories. He loved recalling his time playing for the Air Force baseball team, working at the Officers club and taking flying trips with pilot friends he had made, cars he had owned and how fast he had driven them. His ability to recall the most intriguing details of his life were the highlights of our conversations

Rich always had an open ear to listen, a love of face-timing his two granddaughters and they him. During his visits; sneaking the best parts of his dinner to his grand-dog (even when warned about the possible digestive aftermath), visiting an local airport cafe and watching planes take off with his granddaughter Arielle.

I will always remember Rich as a loving father and grandfather, a vivid storyteller and taker of adventures who lived his life to the grandest.

Matthew O\'Connell February 14, 2021

So sorry for the loss of Rich.
A great heart and father.
Thoughts and prayers .
"A river finds the sea, a road finds paradise, a tree grows to its fullest."

Walter and Tina Lukaszek February 13, 2021

Two memories to share about Richard Sanders, both his recordings to the Lukaszek siblings:
1. “The memories expressed here are precisely what I was alluding to in regard to the respect and admiration that I have for your "once in a lifetime" experience as children of this special union. The legacy is an example of what hard work, love, and faith in their God produced. When your Dad and Mom came to this place we are now living, part of it was at zero tax base because it was so in need of some major TLC. After making a few passes around the house and junk piled acreage, the man of few words said, "I sure hope you know what you are getting yourself into here.” It took three and half years of doing one room at a time to get it restored and livable, and all the while that statement of his was upper-most in my mind. Every time they visited, he would be involved in the latest project going on here. Your Mom's initial statement was, "Oh, I know you can do it Dick." What a pair they were, they lived, worked, and spoke in tandem.”

2. “I began to think about the parents of the Lukaszek clan and how fortunate the nine children of that family were, and still are as a result of that union. From my viewpoint as an in law, I have to say at this time, that if there was such a thing as a catalogue to choose your prospective in law parents, it would have been a slam/dunk for me. Few of the others in that catalogue could have matched the attributes and qualities these unique parents possessed. I've thought of this many, many times through the years and am convinced that this was truly a match made from the Higher Power. May you all continue to profit. I am.” L/Rich

Walter and Tina Lukaszek
Donna, Texas

b smith February 13, 2021

Mary and family. Rich was a really nice man I always enjoyed talking with him I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. RIP Rich

Kathy February 13, 2021

Rich will always hold a place in my heart as
my teacher, my friend & extended family. Just know he touched many lives leaving footprints on our hearts ... as always Mary & family are in my thoughts & prayers -sending hugs & much love -Kathy

Greg and Carol February 11, 2021

Mary, Richard always put a smile on my face when I had the opportunity to converse with him. He was very special and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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