DONALD LEROY SANDERS SR. 80, of Oakland, IL passed away at 1:11 P.M. on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
In keeping with Don’s wishes no services will be held. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Don was born on March 16, 1937 in Atwood, IL. He was a son of Walter Russell and Marie (Gregg) Sanders. He married Helen Cecelia Goodwin on May 3, 1958 in Glens Falls, NY.
He is survived by his wife, Helen of Oakland, IL; three children, Debra Taylor (James) of Oakley, IL, Donald L. Sanders (Carolyn) of Cheyenne, WY and Stephon Sanders Lehnertz (Bruce) of Des Moines, IA; nine grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Russell “Bud” Sanders (Nora) of Arcola, IL and Ronnie Sanders (Sharon) of Atwood, IL and one sister, Dorothy Whittington of Arcola, IL.
Don was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings, Paul Sanders, Owen Ray Sanders, Kathryn Fore, Margaret Carter, Viola Reallon and William Sanders.
Don was a U. S. Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War.
Don retired as an over the road truck driver having worked for Bill’s Trucking out of Brocton, IL and prior to that he worked for ADM Trucking.
He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and spending time with his family and his buddy Tucker.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.