Johnnie Richard Sanders son of Nellie Seabolt Shell and Harry Sanders was born January 16, 1930 in Stilwell, Oklahoma and departed this life to be with our Lord on March 25, 2019 in Stilwell, Oklahoma surrounded by loved ones at the age of 89 years, 2 months and 9 days.
Johnnie served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corp during Korea. While enlisted he earned the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and United Nations Service Medal. He enjoyed fishing, playing dominoes where it was hard for him to find a partner because he took it so seriously. He loved time spent with family and especially enjoyed time spent with his grandkids.
Johnnie was preceded in death by his parents; Nellie Shell and Harry Sanders, wife; Eliza Sanders, 4 children; Randy, Amos, Leon and Linda Kay Sanders, sister; Lorene Ross, daughter in law; Esther Sanders, son in law; Paul Butler, and 1 great grandson Rex.
He is survived by a very loving family that includes his children; Johnnie R. Sanders Jr and wife Janice, Leroy Sanders, Brenda Butler and George Sanders. 17 grandkids, 38 great grandkids, and 4 great great grandkids. Daughter in law; Rogina Sanders, two special caregivers; great granddaughter; Ashton Thirsty, and Kathy Catron, 5 brothers; 4 sisters, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends also survive him.
He was such a sweet man. Hurts my heart to see him go but I know he's in a better place. Love to the whole family.
Megan KendrickSallisaw, OK
Brenda, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. My brother Martin will be sad to hear the news. They became pretty close buddies during their stay here in Tahlequah. My condolences to you and the family.
Eunice BallouTahlequah, OK