He was born 17 April 1928 in Arnold, Nebraska to Valentine and Clara Sanderson.
He was a resident of the Inland Northwest for 46 years, living in Spokane, Priest River, Newport, Diamond Lake, and finally back to Spokane.
Orphaned at the age of 14, he spent a few years with relatives in California, then, at 17, joined the United States Marine Corps in 1945, serving honorably for 24 years until his retirement in 1969.
He saw duty in Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam, as well as many duty stations across the United States.
He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in Korea.
After his retirement from the Marine Corps, he worked for the US Postal Service in Spokane, then, upon moving to Priest River, ID, worked for Coast-to-Coast Hardware for 15 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Valentine and Clara Sanderson, his brother, Verl Sanderson, his wife of 61 years, Dolores Jeanne Sanderson, his daughter, Linda Dolores Gilbert, his son, John C. Sanderson, and his stepson, Kenneth Burright.
He is survived by his stepdaughters, Shirley L Shirkey (Skip) of Seatac, WA, Dorothy Stevens of Spokane, WA, 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 1100, Saturday, 1 December 2012 at Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home, 423 W. 2nd Street in Newport, WA.
Graveside burial with Military Honors will follow at the Newport Cemetery, 7th and Cemetery Rd., Newport, WA.
SHERMAN-KNAPP FUNERAL HOME in Newport is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at sherman-knapp.com