Sanders, Jr., Paul Duane

Date: Friday, February 13, 2015
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Saturday, February 14, 2015

Visitation Location:
1st Assembly of God Church, 951 Elmont Street, Sullivan, MO

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM

Service Location:
1st Assembly of God Church, 951 Elmont Street, Sullivan, MO

Roberts Cemetery, Sligo, MO

Memorials / Donations:
none specified


Paul Duane Sanders, Jr. of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on Monday, February 9, 2015, having reached the age of sixty-eight years, two months and nine days. Paul was born in Sligo, MO, on November 30, 1946, son of Paul Duane Sanders, Sr. and Betty Ann Sanders nee Vaughn. As a young man he was united in marriage and blessed to have three children. On August 9, 1986 he was united in marriage to Marsha Lynn Wright nee Cockman and their families were joined as one.

Paul is survived by his wife, Marsha Sanders of St. Clair, MO; by his children, Leslie Counts and husband, Michael, of Rolla, MO, Gregory Sanders and wife, Tonya, of Salem, MO, Becky Sigman and husband, Mark, of Salem, Zach Wright and wife, Angela, of Lees Summit, MO, Jeremy Wright and wife, Rachel, of Washington, MO and Nick Wright and wife, Brittany, of Lees Summit; by his brothers, David Sanders and wife, Kathleen, of St. Clair, and Tim Sanders and wife, Barbara, of Salem; by his sisters, Gail Kiesling and husband, Roger, of Alta Loma, CA, Mary Lansing and husband, Steve, of Salem, Martha Hanks and husband, Marty, of Steelville, MO and Ruth Cannon of Salem; by one step-sister, Karen Gresham and husband, Earl, of Salem; by fifteen grandchildren; by brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Paul, Sr. and Betty Sanders.

Paul was a Christian and devoted member of the First Assembly of God Church in Sullivan, MO. Paul loved to sing and often lead the music for church services. It was after completing high school and college that Paul proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force, entering on November 17, 1970 and receiving his honorable discharge from active duty on November 15, 1974. After his discharge from the service he furthered his education, receiving his Masterís Degree in Education from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS. He began his working career as an industrial arts teacher at Troy High School. After about four years of teaching, Paul attained a job as the training supervisor for Ameren UE, working in that capacity until he retired in 2012. He was never an idle man, so it was no surprise that after retiring, he started his own company, PDS Training Services, LLC and was still actively working. He had earned the respect of all those whom he worked with in his field.

Paul was truly a family man at heart and nothing was more important to him than his wife, Marsha, and each of his children. They all knew that he was always there for them, no matter what their needs may be. He was an outdoorsman at heart and fishing and hunting were favorite pastimes. He also enjoyed trapping. Sharing his love for the outdoors with his children and grandchildren gave him great joy and many, many wonderful memories were made. He was also talented at carpentry, building his own hunting blinds and out buildings on his property. His outgoing personality and positive outlook are traits that were admired by all who knew and loved him.

A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend; he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the First Assembly of God Church in Sullivan, MO, with Pastor Kyle Phillips officiating. Interment with full military honors was held in Roberts Cemetery in Sligo, MO. The family entrusted the care of their loved one to Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO.