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Richard Sander
  • May 08, 1933
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  • March 29, 2020

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Richard C Sander

May 8, 1933 – March 29. 2020

Richard Clarence Sander 86, of Buffalo Grove, IL passed on Sunday, March 29, 2020 in his beloved state of Florida surrounded by his family. 

The loving husband of Susan (Bishop) Sander, his daughters Dawn (Sander) D’Astice, Wendy (Sander) Gilmore, husband Martin Gilmore and son Brian Sander, wife Brenda Sander as well as step-children Dave Bishop, his wife Juani Bishop, and Kimberly Bishop.

Richard was surrounded by love from his grandchildren Matthew D’Astice, Andrew D’Astice, Brittany (Gilmore) Pappas, her husband Bill Pappas, Lauren (Gilmore) Stubblefield, her husband Max Stubblefield, Whitney (Sander) Ramos, her husband Robert Ramos, Brian Sander, Jr., Jenny Bishop and Jon Bishop.

Richard took pride in his great grandchildren Parker Pappas, Alexis Pappas, Jaxson Stubblefield, Layla Ramos, Dominic Ramos, and Nadia Bishop.

Born in Northbrook, IL Richard is proceeded in death by his parents Tony and Dorothy (Timm) Sander, his brothers Robert and Jack Sander and sister Rose Marie (Sander) Ross. He is survived by his brother Norman Sander.

A lifelong resident of Illinois, graduating from Arlington Heights High School. Richard served for 2 years in the Korean War. Richard worked in road paving and bridge building, leading crews at Rock Road Construction, Robert R. Anderson Construction and Bolander Construction.

Richard’s passion was NASCAR and his favorite driver Dale Earnhardt Sr. Since his early years working on cars and keeping them immaculate made it all the more special when he saw those glimmering race cars on the track. He attended the race each summer at the Milwaukee mile in Wisconsin. He tried to attend races at other tracks, but his favorite, ‘The Daytona 500’, was his pride and joy. One the reasons he spent each winter in Florida from the 1970s to present day was so he could watch the race. Florida became Richard’s favorite happy place where he and Susan spent the winters, relaxing in their winter home in Ponce Inlet. 

Despite always being outdoors working construction, Richard loved to be outside in his leisure time. He took immense pride in his yard, always making sure the yard was well groomed and full of beautiful plants which he did himself. He loved working on projects both inside and outside the house and was the best handy man and mechanic to have around.

He cherished his beloved Chicago Cubs and was so thrilled he was able to see them win a World Series in 2016. But it didn’t matter what sport it was, he watched them all. He supported all family members who played softball, baseball, soccer and hockey.

A man so true to his family and loved by so many and cherished by his wife Susan. Richard had a presence when he entered a room no one could deny. His loud booming voice was filled with happiness and a warm greeting. His hearty handshake made you cringe and his big warm bear hug was so genuine.

Knowing Richard Sander was a privilege to anyone who met him and his family was the center of his world. Richard led a full life giving us memories we will cherish forever. 

A memorial service will be held in Illinois at a later date.


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  1. 26 Apr 2020
    John Kulik says:
    I will never forget you uncle Rich . You were always full of compassion and love . You were a father to me because I didn't have one growing up . I will miss you and will always cherish those father son moments , from teaching me how to play baseball to helping me find my first car .
    Thank you uncle Rich
    Love John

  2. 22 Apr 2020
    Andrea and John Colonna says:
    We are very saddned to hear of Richards passing.
    We met Richard and Susan in Ponce Inlet. They were next door neighbors and friends to my parents Chet and Mickie for 30 years.
    He was a big man with a heart of gold. Took less than five minutes to like him. He will be sorley missed by many. Hugs

  3. 21 Apr 2020
    Jim & Joan Swanson lit a candle:
    Lit since April 21, 2020 at 4:21:40 PM

  4. 21 Apr 2020
    Elizabeth Fischer says:
    My sympathies to Sue and their family. I met Sue and Richard in Ponce Inlet. Richard was a special man with a laugh that was infectious. I looked forward to seeing you both each year. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. 21 Apr 2020
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    Lit since April 21, 2020 at 4:25:09 AM

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