ST. MARTIN — Alan Sander, age 69, of St. Martin, passed away Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring.
Memorial Service will be Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, 11 a.m. at the Hauser-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Fairfax with Pastor Clint Evans officiating. Interment will be in Fort Ridgely Cemetery, Ridgely Township, Nicollet County.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be two hours prior to the service at the Hauser-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Fairfax. Military Honors by the Fairfax Honor Guard.
Alan Alfred Sander was born on Sept. 12, 1948, in St. Peter. He was the son of Alfred and Dorothy (Bemmels) Sander. Alan was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth at the United Methodist Church in Fairfax. He received his education in Fairfax and was a graduate of the Fairfax High School Class of 1966.
On Aug. 8, 1966, Alan entered active military service and served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. Alan received his Honorable Discharged on Aug. 1, 1969.
On Oct. 10, 1970, Alan was united in marriage to Linda Case at the United Methodist Church in Fairfax. After their marriage, the couple resided in Fairfax, Olivia, Springfield, Brainerd and St. Martin. Alan was employed as a boiler operator in Springfield from 1977 through 1994, and in Brainerd from 1994 through 2011. Alan and Linda were blessed with three children. They shared 47 years of marriage.
Alan was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
Alan enjoyed woodworking, camping, teasing, and visiting with anyone and everyone. He cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.
Alan is survived by his wife, Linda Sander of St. Martin; children, Chad (Karen) Sander of Albany, Gwen (Terry) Valentien of Cold Spring, and Jenny (Russ) DeStefano of Long Beach, MS; five grandchildren, Brittany, Cassie, Tyler, Tony and Anna; sisters, Jean Hanson, Pat (Lon) Johnson, and Mary (Jim) Jacobs; brother, Steve (Judy) Sander; sisters-in-law, Jane Hale and Sue Lewis; brothers-in-law, Kenny Case, Burt (Carol) Case; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Alan was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Dorothy Sander.
Arrangements by Hauser-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Fairfax. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com Please click on obituaries and guest book.