Cecil C. Sanders

Mr. Cecil C. Sanders, 86, of Gerhartz Road, Palatine Bridge, New York, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at his home.

Born on February 22, 1928, in Hallsville, NY, he was the son of the late Isac Sanders and Ida Moore Sanders. He was a graduate of Fort Plain High School and was a lifetime area resident.

Mr. Sanders retired from the village of Canajoharie in March 1993, after working there for 20 years, previously working for Freebear Farms in Palatine Bridge for over 20 years.

He was a member of the Saving Grace Baptist Church in Fonda, NY, where he served as deacon. Recently, he attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Stone Arabia.

Mr. Sanders was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army as a private in the Pacific theater. He also served as an M.P. and trained as a medic.

He enjoyed reading.

On May 21, 1950, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Plain, Cecil was married to Elsie J. Gehring. She preceded him in death on January 8, 2011. He also was predeceased by 4 brothers, Raymond Sanders, Leland Sanders, Isac Sanders and Everett Sanders; and 2 sisters, Frances Hull and Arlene Horning.

Mr. Sanders is survived by his 2 sons, Calvin Sanders and Heidi Linke of Ilion, NY, Chris and Betty Sanders of Palatine Bridge, NY; 2 daughters, Cynthia and Rick Moxham of Fort Plain, NY, Carol and Randy Crabill of Virginia Beach, VA; brother, Lee Sanders of Fort Plain, NY; sister, Viola Johnson of St. Johnsville, NY; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014, at noon at The Chapel of Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, Inc., 20 Otsego Street, Canajoharie, NY 13317, with the Rev. Wade Prime and the Rev. Zachary Labagh co-officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday from 10:00-12:00 pm at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Fort Plain Cemetery.

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