Gary Sanders

(April 6, 1947 – May 16, 2014)
Gary Allen Sanders, age 67 of Joplin, passed away at 6:20 AM on May 16, 2014 after a long illness.
Gary was born in Fort Bragg, CA on April 6, 1947 to the union of Alfred J. and Elsie E. (Tramel) Sanders.
He attended high school in California, and later worked as a parts dealer in the trucking industry for many years. He was known for being able to list every part on a semi-truck. He spent most of his working life in Sacramento, CA, and continued to work until his health no longer allowed him to do so. He moved to the Joplin area 15 years ago, and attended Riverton House of Prayer Church in Riverton, KS.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include one son, Duane Sanders of California; two brothers, Leland Sanders (wife, Margo) of Lake Placid, FL, and Beryl Sanders (wife, Carol) of Loomis, CA; two sisters, Darlene Birky (husband, Arnold) of Santa Rosa, CA, and Le Ellene Breitfelder of Bernice, OK; and one granddaughter, Caleigh Abigail Sanders of Monroe, GA.
Gary was entrusted to Derfelt Funeral Home for cremation. His loved ones are planning a memorial service and burial of ashes at a later date.
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