John Sanders

John Sanders

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John Delmar “Del” Sanders, 80, of Leavenworth, Kansas, died Saturday, May 9, 2020, at his home. He was born April 11, 1940, in Riverside, Calif., the son of Floyd Sanders and Leora “Lay” Sanders.
On Sept. 2, 1962, he married Audrey Arent in Kimberly, Idaho. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Melanie Meier and Priscilla Brooks (and her husband Keith Brooks) and a granddaughter Isabella Brooks.
Del was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bernell and sister Betty.
He joined the Idaho National Guard in 1958 and began his active duty in the U.S. Army in 1964 after graduating from Idaho State University with a degree in business administration. Del served in Germany twice, and in 1968, while serving in Vietnam, he earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Bronze Star. Del was very proud of his service in Vietnam, where he led a team of advisors to a South Vietnamese unit. He earned a M.S. in counseling from Boston University and retired at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., in 1984.
Del and Audrey started their own business and his second career of 22 years as financial planners, brokers and income-tax preparers in Leavenworth. Attracted by the city’s rich history, Del and Audrey held two of the original 10 charter memberships of the Leavenworth Historical Museum Association (LHMA) where, as its most recent president, Del worked tirelessly to grow the First City Museum, C.W. Parker Carousel Museum and National Fred Harvey Museum.
Del loved to find bargains and search for treasures. He collected antique trains, Structo toys, wind-up toys and battery-operated toys. His latest hobby/passion was restoring Kaiser cars. He traveled the Midwest in search of parts and fellow collectors in spite of cancer treatments, which had been ongoing since his diagnosis in 2017.
Del was very proud of his community and had an open heart for anyone who needed help. He was an active member of the Catholic church and the Leavenworth Lions Club. Even after retirement from the Army, he continued to serve his nation for 30 years as a member of the World Class OPFOR during training exercises. Recently, when asked what his advice would be for future generations, he said, “Work hard, love your family, and be honest.”
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 2020, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will be private. Del would be proud to have any memorials go to First City Museum at 743 Delaware St., Leavenworth, KS 66048.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 7th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, June 7th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    R.L. Leintz Funeral Home
    4701 10th Ave.
    Leavenworth, KS 66048
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  • Service

    Monday, June 8th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, June 8th, 2020 10:00am
    Immaculate Conception Church
    711 N. 5th Street
    Leavenworth, KS 66048
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm.


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Nancy Bauder

Posted at 06:31pm
It will be hard to imagine going to Lions every week and seeing Del's chair empty. I always had such great conversations with him. I think back to all the volunteer work he did for the First City Museum, the annual Taste of Leavenworth and so many other things, and all the help and support he gave so many in our efforts running to serve our communities. Our community is truly Blessed to have Del here. God Bless you , Audrey, Melanie & Priscilla and all your family. - Nancy Bauder

Tony Di Leonardo

Posted at 03:37pm
We will always remember John Sanders for his military service and as an OPFORIAN, a great family man, and humanitarian. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Sanders family, especially his daughter, Melony Meyers.

Tony and Patricia Di Leonardo

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