Raymond Sanders obituary (2021) – St. Joseph, MI
Raymond F. Sanders Jr., 86, of St. Joseph died Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville.
A Service of Life Celebration will be held at 11:30 am on Tuesday, September 14 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, with Reverend Jeffrey Hubers as officiant. Interment will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma with military rites led by the North Berrien Military Rites Team. Friends can visit family from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations in Ray’s name can be made to the Hanson Hospice Center. Those who wish to sign Ray’s memory book online can do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
Ray was born on May 6, 1935 in Berrien Springs, to Raymond F. and Thelma (Miller) Sanders Sr. His father died when Ray was only 6 years old, and his mother subsequently married Bernard W. Bodtke, who l ‘raised him and his brother.
He attended St. Joseph’s High School, class of 1954, then joined the United States Navy, proudly serving his country during the Korean War, aboard the USS Abbot. He graduated from the Marine Engineering School and got the MM3 rate. Ray served for three years and nine months. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Chinese Service Medal and two European Professions Service Medals. Upon his return from service on April 19, 1958, he married former Helen Kiehn at Zion Church of St. Joseph.
Ray got a job with what is now the Herald-Palladium in 1956 and was instrumental in forming the first contract as president of the local union between Palladium Publishing Co. and Typographical Union. After 10 years, Ray started working for Univex Looseleaf Corp. as director and supervisor of the artistic department. Ray then worked for Imperial Printing Co., then Modern Litho Plate Service, and then returned to Imperial Printing. He retired after 12 years, before joining Patterson Printing for three years, retiring in 1998.
Ray is survived by his wife, Helen; two sons; Raymond III of Benton Harbor, Robert (Deborah) Sanders of Peachtree City, Georgia; four grandchildren: Jessica (Jason) Crockett, Taylor Lange, Madison Lange and Grace Sanders; two great-grandchildren: Tyler and Charlie Crockett; sister-in-law, Mary Sanders of St. Joseph, brother-in-law, Robert Kiehn; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents died before him; his daughter, Renée Lange; and his brother, Gerald Sanders.
Posted by The Herald-Palladium on September 10, 2021.