Ronnie Lawrence Sanders, better known as RL, passed away March 29, 2017, at the young age of 69, at Carthage Health and Rehab, after battling a long hard battle with vascular dementia. He was surrounded by his loving family when he went to join our Heavenly Father.
Ronnie was born Aug. 18, 1947, in Hillsdale Mich.
He was preceded in death by his mom, Della Sanders; his father, Ervin Sanders; three brothers, Robert, James, Herbert; one sister, Janet Eades.
Surviving him are three sisters, Vida, Vera and Katherine and one brother, Charles. Also, surviving is his beautiful and devoted bride of 51 years, Mary Kay, whom he called "blue-eyed cupcake". They were married on Dec. 4, 1965, in Charlotte Mich. Together they have six children, one of which preceded him in death at birth, Randy. Surviving are five children, Candy and husband, Jeff, Ronnie Jr. and wife, Kristie, Melissa and her companion, Bill, Tammy and husband, Jose, Rickey and wife, Stephanie. He was blessed with 28 grandchildren and great- grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
He served in the Desert Storm in Pakistan in 1990. He had more friends than we can count. He never met a stranger, everyone who knew him liked and enjoyed him, he just had that charismatic way about him. Ronnie's work ethic showed in daily life, working hard to provide for his family. He taught his children the same values, give everything you do 110%. Always the jokester, he had one for everything he encountered. As with everyone there so much more you can say but not enough room.
A memorial service will be at Forest Park Carthage, 2535 South Grand, at 6 p.m., Saturday. If you knew him come and share stories about your life together and how he effected your life.
Published on March 31, 2017