Burt L. Sanders 91, died Monday, November 21, 2016 at Kidron Bethel in North Newton, Kansas. He was born February 23, 1925 in Wichita, Kansas to Alva E. and Lillian P. (Adams) Sanders. On June 5, 1949 he married Geraldine “Gerry” Irby at Hill City, Kansas and she preceded him in death on March 1, 2015.
Burt was a graduate of Baxter Springs High School and graduated from Pittsburg State Teachers College. He served 3 years in the United States Navy earning the rank of Gunnery Fire Controlman First Class. Burt taught high school science and was a principal in his early career. He was a longtime active charter member of Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton where he served on many committees and helped establish the Trinity Heights Church Foundation. Burt was also a lay member to the Kansas West UMC Annual Conference. He served his community volunteering for Newton Meals on Wheels and was a member of the Lions Club. Burt’s working career was spent as a Met Life and Travelers Insurance Agent and 17 years as director of development and public relations for United Methodist Youthville. He also worked 10 years as corporate director of development for Presbyterian Manors of Mid American working in both Kansas and Missouri. After his retirement he kept active working as a consultant for Larksfield place in Wichita and for other charitable organizations. Burt greatly looked forward to spending time with his loving family and many friends. And especially looked forward to his Saturday morning men’s breakfast group.
He is survived by daughter Cheryl Stansberry of Lawton, OK; sister Lois K. Wagener and her family of Chicago, IL; he is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews including Diane Whited of Derby, KS, Mike Welch of Wamego, KS, Linda Kurtz of Overland Park, KS and Donna Welch of Chicago, IL
Burt is preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son Craig and his sister Joan Welch
Memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 19, 2016 at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church with The Reverend Donna Voteau presiding. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Newton, Kansas.
Memorials are suggested to Trinity Heights Foundation in care of Petersen Funeral Home
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