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Published January 08, 2014, 12:00 AM

Gordon E. Sanders

Gordon E. Sanders, 99, Frazee, MN, died Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee, Fr. Xavier Ilango, officiating. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Friends may call 4:00 – 7:00 PM Wednesday with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at Furey Funeral Home in Frazee. The visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the mass at the church on Thursday.

Gordon E. Sanders

Gordon E. Sanders, 99, Frazee, MN, died Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee, Fr. Xavier Ilango, officiating. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Friends may call 4:00 – 7:00 PM Wednesday with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at Furey Funeral Home in Frazee. The visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the mass at the church on Thursday.

Gordon Elvin Sanders was born December 1, 1914 in Deer Trail, Colorado to George and Elida (Pederson) Sanders. He moved with his family to Chandler, MN in 1915 and to rural Frazee in 1922. Gordon was educated in rural Frazee Schools and, upon completion of his education, he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps (C. C. C.) in Peck, Montana. He returned to Frazee where he and his brother, Les started Sanders Brothers Oil. He was united in marriage to Irene Anderson in 1937 in Evergreen, MN. They later divorced. He was united in marriage to Bernice Martineau November 17, 1942 in Lincoln, NE He served with the U.S. Navy from October 13, 1942 to 10/9/1945. Following his discharge, he and Bernice moved to Frazee where they spent 52 years of married life together. Bernice died March 9, 1995. After his return to Frazee, he resumed the operation of Sanders Oil Company which later became Sanders Deep Rock. After years of being an oil jobber, he retired in 2006 at the age of 91.

Gordon was the first correspondent to do the Frazee News for KDLM radio. He and Marvin Daggett were the first chairmen of the Frazee Turkey Days which started in 1954, he served as a substitute mail carrier for the Frazee Post Office for 15 years, served as a Becker County Commissioner for 12 years, was on the Frazee City Council for 6 years and was co-owner of M & S Furniture in Frazee. He also served on the boards of the Northwest Petroleum Association, the Ogema State Bank and he built the building that houses the funeral home and post office in Vergas, MN. He was also a proud Charter Member of V. F. W. Post 7702 in Frazee and served on the Sacred Heart Parish Council.

Survivors include four daughters: Gladyce (Doug) Nielsen of Grand Junction, CO, Joyce Clarin of Fargo, ND, Judith (Sverre) Bjerkeskaug of Ski, Norway, Janet (Troy) Sanders of Fargo, ND, three Sons: Gary of Rensselaer, Indiana, Roger (Noreen) of Frazee and James “Jimmy Joe” of Chicago, IL, 19 grandchildren: Terri, Marcia, Cheryl, Richard, Julie, Jeff, Christine, Jason, Patricia, Phillip, Matthew, Whitney, Rodney, Raymond, Valerie, Mellisa, Jessica, Renae, Kristine, 33 great grandchildren, 11 great-great grandchildren, two brothers: Charles and William both of Mishawaka, Indiana.

In addition to his wife, Bernice, he was preceded in death by a sister, Beulah and three brothers: Les, Harold and Cecil. Memorials are preferred to Heart O Lakes V.F.W. Post 7702 for the Memorial Flag Project. Furey Funeral Home is serving the family. Memorials may be shared online at www.fureyfh.com.

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