Chatsworth- Vendell Lee Sanders, 82, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 7:55 pm on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church. Rev. Ivy Silas will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will follow services at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Rural Wing, IL where military rites will be accorded. The family has entrusted Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth with arrangements.
Memorial contributions in Vendell’s name may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association or the Chatsworth United Methodist Church.
Vendell was born August 31, 1930 in Saunemin, IL a son of William and Wavie (Barbre) Sanders. He married Marlene Hirth on June 9, 1957 in Peoria, IL.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marlene Sanders of Chatsworth, IL; his children: Glenn (Teresa) Sanders of Griffith, IN, Cynthia (Jeff) Ifft of Fairbury, IL, Keith (Kristin) Sanders of Rock Island, IL, and Bruce Sanders of Chatsworth, IL; seven grandchildren: Brooke and Eric Sanders, Aaron (Courtney) Ifft, Craig and Ryan Ifft, Paul and Meredith Sanders; three great granddaughters: Janessa and Jaida Wheatly and Rozalyn Ifft; three brothers: Wayne (Mary Ellen) Sanders of Fairbury, James Sanders of Chatsworth, and Albert Sanders of Thawville; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother: Verne Sanders.
Vendell graduated in 1948 from the Chatsworth High School. He then served his country in the United Sates Marine Corps for two years. After returning home, he worked for Nichols Homeshield in Chatsworth as the foreman in the shipping department. He also worked for Interlake Steel in Pontiac for 25 years as a foreman in the shipping department before his retirement in 1993.
He and his wife, Marlene were members of Chatsworth United Methodist Church for over 50 years and belonged to the United Methodist Dartball League. He also was a member of the Chatsworth American Legion Post #613.
Vendell was a cubs fan; he liked golf and the weather, and loved watching his grandchildren play anything. One of the big highlights of his life was skydiving at age 70.
He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed.