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John W. Sanders

John W. Sanders

March 12, 1928 - Aug. 25, 2009

John W. Sanders, 81, Devils Lake, N.D., formerly of Bullhead City, Ariz., died on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at the Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake.

John William Sanders, the son of John Howard and Barbara (Kirkey) Sanders was born on March 12, 1928 in Rochester, Minn. He was reared and educated in Minnesota and spent his youth there. In 1947, John married Ramona Johnson in Fargo.

On December 28, 1945, John enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country during World War II. He was honorably discharged on July 13, 1946 at Great Lakes, Illinois with the rank of Seaman Second Class. After his discharge from the Navy, John began his lifelong career in building construction. He was involved in the construction of banks, schools, hotels, apartments; you name it and John built it. Most of those years in construction were with the ASP Construction Company. He was "on the road" for years, but did call several places home including Casselton, West Fargo, N.D., Detroit Lakes, Minn. and Bullhead City, Ariz. He married Vilma Dahl Albright on June 16, 1972 at Jamestown, N.D. After illness forced John to retire, they spent most of their years in Arizona.

John is survived by his wife, Vilma; twin brother, James (Dorothy) Sanders, Moorhead, Minn.; sister, Marie (Helmar) Undeberg, Eyota, Minn., and Evelyn Yost, St. Petersburg, Fla; son, Wayne Sanders, Mapleton, N.D.; daughters, Diane (Bill) McClintick, Sturgis, S.D., Brenda (Michael) Stasko, Columbus, Ohio, Susan (Bob) Gross, West Fargo, and Sally (Gene) Moore, Ostrander, Ohio; step-children, Connie Orness, Devils Lake, N.D., Rodney (Diane) Albright, Billings, Mont., Philip Albright, Bullhead City, Ariz., Bryan (Mary) Albright, Jamestown, N.D.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 29, 2009 in Community Presbyterian Church, West Fargo. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery North, Fargo.

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(West Funeral Home, West Fargo)