Edward F. Sanderson, 94, of Butler, passed away, Monday May 11, 2020, at the Butler Memorial Hospital due to a brief illness not related to the COVID-19 virus.
Born February 24, 1926 in Butler, he was a son of the late John Alfred Sanderson and Clara Mae (Weaver) Sanderson.
He had worked as a Pressline Supervisor at Castle Rubber in East Butler, retiring in 1989, following “46 years, 8 months and 3 days.” He was a member of St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church in Butler, the V.F.W. #249, the D.A.V, the American Legion #117 and was a life member of the East Butler Volunteer Fire Department.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the United States Army in Japan. He trained as a paratrooper, then later became a projectionist for the troops. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal, the World War II Victory Ribbon and the Army Occupational Medal.
Edward worked hard his entire life. As a young boy he started painting to help support his family. His work ethic continued into adulthood and Edward drove bus while also working in the mill. Edward carried a lunch pail so his family could have a better life. He was also a model train enthusiast and collector. He was a handyman who could fix or repair anything. Edward was a proud father, grandparent and great grandparent. Pap, as his grandchildren lovingly referred to him, spent countless hours with them. From jumping on Butler's swinging bridge to attending many games and dance recitals, Pap always made time to support his grandchildren. Edward didn't have an off switch. If he wasn't working in the yard, he could often be found tinkering with his toy trains. Edward also had a sweet tooth and never missed a slice of pie or cake.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Helen (Bayne) Sanderson, whom he married July 3, 1948.
His daughter, Teresita (Gregory) Hartz of Youngstown, OH.
His son, David (Cheryl Gray) Sanderson of Meridian.
5 grandchildren: Kristen M. (Gary) Hartz-McCleery of Youngstown, OH; Michael R. Hartz of Indianapolis, IN; Lauren E. (Gerald) Hackett of Virginia; Rebecca L. Hartz of Youngstown, OH and Joshua D. Sanderson of Meridian.
2 great grandsons: Justus K. Hackett and Asher E. Hackett VA.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, James W., Harvey H., John R. and Richard C. Sanderson, Sr.; his sisters, Donna M. Hawryliak and Dorothy G. Draper.
Due to the current situation caused by the pandemic, private services and burial will be held for his family. A public memorial service will announced and held at a later time. Arrangements by the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 East Cunningham Street, Butler.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Post#117, 413 South Main Street, Butler, PA 16001 and/or spend time with your loved ones.
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