Reverend Frank W. Sanders – 87
February 19, 1930 – November 7, 2017
Beloved Husband of Blanche L. Barrs
Devoted Father of Paul E. Sanders (Diane) & David F. Sanders (Mary)
Loving Grandfather of Lindsay Sanders & Lauren Sanders
Loving Brother of Paul M. Sanders (Janice)
Proudly Served in United States Navy – 1950-1954
Frank W. Sanders and his wife Blanche devoted their lives to the leadership of The Center in Palos Park, Illinois. Frank served as Assistant Director there from 1958 – 1964. He received a Master’s Degree in Labor & Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Theology from the University of Chicago. He was ordained through the United Church of Christ in 1966. Frank went on to serve as Executive Director of The Center from 1964 – 1973. In 1973 Frank, Blanche, and their two sons moved to Colorado where Frank became a successful realtor, residing in Longmont, Colorado. In 1983 the Board of Trustees of The Center asked Frank and Blanche to consider coming back, as The Center was going through extremely difficult times. They agreed that this was their true calling in life and moved back in 1983. Frank served as Executive Director of The Center from 1983 – 2000 and as Spiritual Director of The Center from 1983 – 2008. Frank loved horses and frequently took horseback riding trips all over the Midwest, Colorado, and Monument Valley, Arizona. He was well known for his tremendous hugs and welcoming spirit. He was a giant of a man in personality, stature, determination, and loyalty to his family and all who knew him.
Frank passed away peacefully with his family by his side on November 7, 2017
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Frank Sanders Memorial Fund of The Center.
Memorial visitation from 2:00 pm until time of service at 4:00 pm, Saturday, November 25, 2017, at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, Illinois 60464. Internment private. (708) 361-3650