Gordon J. Sanders, 81

Gordon J. Sanders, 81, originally from Marshall, Minn., passed away in Bloomington, Minn., on Feb. 26, 2014, from complications of a valiant battle with Parkinson’s. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Eldora (Myrt Westphal) his parents Arnold and Vina Sanders, a brother-in-law Curt Armstrong and sister in-law Theresa Sanders.

Gordon graduated from Marshall High School in 1950. He served his country in the Navy during the Korean War and was stationed overseas on the USS Libra. Before his retirement from the J.C. Penney Co. he was a store manager for many years in the Midwest; located primarily in Iowa Falls, Iowa, and West Bend. Gordon was active in his church, serving as a lector and usher, and was involved with the Knights of Columbus for many years. He was civic-minded and served on the City Council, Chamber of Commerce and participated in Rotary, all in West Bend.

Gordon will be remembered most for his keen sense of humor and love of telling a good joke. He was an avid fisherman and hunter who enjoyed spending time in his boat with family and friends fishing or hunting pheasants and other game. Before his illness he enjoyed playing tennis and golf, biking, cross-country skiing, photography, and playing cards.

Gordon is survived by his three children Mike Sanders (Cindy) of Marshall, Minn., (Kelly, Christian, Luke Sanders), Carol Hall (Dave) Appleton, (Jim, Katie, Bob Hall), and Greg Sanders (Amy) of Lakeville, Minn. (Emily, Matthew and Nicholas Sanders); five siblings Joan (Forrest) Wild previously Willmar, Minn., now Tucson, Ariz., Betty Armstrong, Prescott, Tom (Linda) Sanders, Marshall, Minn., Norm Sanders, Port Orchard, Wash., and Donna (Rich) Buysee, Minneota, Minn.

A Memorial Mass, officiated by the Rev. Jonathan Kelly, will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 9401 Nesbitt Ave. S., Bloomington, Minn., with visitation at 10 a.m. Internment at St. Clotilde’s Cemetery in Green Valley, Minn., on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.