Kenneth Earl Sanders, son of the late Loyd Gus and Fern (Woolard) Sanders, was born on September 23, 1930 in Wright County, Missouri, and departed this life on September 2, 2009 at his home in Cabool, Missouri, surrounded by his loving family. He was 78 years, 11 months and 9 days of age.
Kenneth grew up in Wright County. He attended one-room country schools at the beginning of his education and later attended Mtn. Grove Schools. At the age of thirteen he was saved and joined a fundamental church in Mtn. Grove. The church later burned and he decided not to place his membership in another church.
In July of 1951 he entered the United States Air Force where he served for four years and three months. He was honorably discharged in October of 1955.
Kenneth was united in marriage to Betty Trumbo on February 17, 1956 in Mtn. Grove. Three children were born to this union. They made their home in the Cabool area for over 25 years.
Over the years, Kenneth was employed as a carpenter. He enjoyed being outdoors and visiting with his many neighbors and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty Sanders of their home; two sons, Danny Sanders of Mtn. Grove and Jerry Sanders of Elkland, Missouri; one daughter, Janice Gockley and husband Gene of Cabool; four grandsons, Brad Sanders and wife Karalin of Cabool, Steven Sanders and wife Jenni of Hartville, Missouri, Brian Thompson and wife Jill of the State of Georgia, and R.J. Allison of Springfield, Missouri; two granddaughters, Nicole Smallwood of Cabool, and Rachel Donahue and husband Adam of the State of Florida; nine great-grandchildren, Gavin, Walker, McKindley, Amaya, Jayci, Brea, Lani, Aiden, and Brady; one sister, Mary Lee Bay and husband Gordon of Mtn. Grove; one nephew, Morgan Bay; one niece, Sarah Thompson and husband Scotty; two great-nephews, Chris and Ethan; one great-niece, Malorie; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss him.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 5, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. John Bray and Rev. Phillip Nava officiating. Charles Dean, accompanied by Rhonda Hurtt, sang “Supper Time” and “Glad Reunion Day.” Pallbearers were Brad Sanders, Steven Sanders, Morgan Bay, James Shannon, Gene Gockley, and Porter Cruse. Honorary pallbearers were James Burke and Herbert Wade. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.