Gordon Sanders

Monday, September 11, 2023

Gordon G. Sanders, age 81, of Piedmont, passed away Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff.

He was born Feb. 17, 1942 in Garwood, Missouri, the son Winfred Sanders and Bryce (Vineyard) Sanders. Gordon worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Operators Engineer Local 513 in St. Louis. He was a Vietnam Veteran, serving in the United States Army from 1964 to 1966. He was a member and Chaplain of the Piedmont American Legion Post 281, Wayne Masonic Lodge 526 and Piedmont Eagles Club. Gordon was married to Carolyn Shielly March 4, 1967, and was a charter member of Harvest Baptist Church in Piedmont.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Winfred and Bryce Sanders; his son, Joseph Sanders; his infant brother, Larry Dale Sanders; and his sister, Shirley Slevin.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Sanders, of the home; his daughter, Debbie Pennington and her husband Terry, of Poplar Bluff; his sister, Betty Lou Hughes, of Cedar Hill, Missouri; two grandchildren, Heather Hochmuth and her husband D.J., of Jackson, Missouri, and Ryan Pennington and his wife Stephanie, of Poplar Bluff; six great grandchildren, Grayson and Josie Hochmuth, Miller, Jude, Ellie and Norah Pennington; and many other family and friends.

Visitation will be held at noon Wednesday at the Morrison Funeral Chapel in Piedmont. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel with Pastor Pete Ruble officiating. Interment with military honors will be in the Yount Memorial Cemetery in Garwood. Memorials have been requested to the St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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