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Elmo W. Sanders

Elmo W. Sanders Sept. 6, 1910 - July 9, 2013

WILLMAR - Elmo W. Sanders, 102, of Willmar, died Tuesday, July 09, 2013 at Bethesda Pleasantview in Willmar. His funeral will be 10:30 am, Saturday, July 13th at Hope Lutheran Church in Sunburg. Burial will be in West Norway Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Friday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Elmo was born on September 6, 1910, in Kerkhoven Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the son of Christopher and Nellie (Sandvig) Sanders. He grew up near Sunburg on the farm and attended District 19 and graduated from Benson High School on May 31, 1928. His father died when Elmo was young so following high school he returned to the farm and farmed with his mother and brothers. He served in the United States Air Force from 1942 – 1945, and upon his honorable discharge he returned to Sunburg.

On June 5, 1949, he was united in marriage to Marie Pederson in Willmar. They lived and farmed near Sunburg for the next 40 years before moving to Willmar in 1990.

Elmo had been active with the American Legion in Willmar, Farmer’s Union, Creamery Board, of which he served as secretary and treasurer and the telephone company board. He also was a member of Sons of Norway and Senior Citizens.

Elmo was baptized and confirmed at West Norway Lake Lutheran Church and was a member of Hope Lutheran Church where he had served as the church council President and also the cemetery board.

His family remembers him as being a quiet, patient and gentle man who loved being on the farm. He enjoyed bowling and playing horseshoes.

Surviving are his children, Marcia (and Dale) Huska of Yuma, AZ; Loren Sanders of Willmar; three grandchildren, Nicholas Huska, Micah (and Brandy) Huska, Brittany (and James Timothy) Chavez; great granddaughter, Lauren Whalen. Also surviving are his sisters-in-law, Eunice Sanders of Sunburg, Margit Erickson of Mankato and Helen Pederson of Willmar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marie on November 29, 2004 and two brothers, Chester and Lloyd.