Marvin LeRoy Sander, 84, of Elsmore, was born April 3, 1928 to Paul Bernhard Sander and Rosa Maude Aten Sander in El Reno, Okla. His Heavenly Father gathered him into His loving arms on Jan. 30, 2013 following an illness of pneumonia. Marvin was baptized into God’s family on June 3, 1928 and was confirmed into the Lutheran Church on May 3, 1942.
On June 12, 1953 Marvin was united in marriage to Henryetta Laura Lohaus at Paola. This union was blessed with five children. They made their home near Union City, Okla. Marvin worked at Tinker Field Air Force Base in Oklahoma City for 15 years before becoming a full-time dairy farmer. Marvin spent more than 50 years as a dairyman. In 1969 they moved to rural Elsmore, where he was a dairy farmer and they made their home for 25 years. He also drove a school bus for USD #256 from 1979-1988. After retiring from farming they made their home in Elsmore, where Marvin was able to rekindle his interest in woodworking. He made numerous items for his family and others.
Marvin was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, El Reno, 1942-1969; Friends Home Lutheran Church, Savonburg, 1969-2012, serving several terms on the church council. He was currently a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Chanute. His community activities included many years of 4-H while in Oklahoma where he showed registered Ayrshire cattle. He served on the board of directors for Allen County Farm Bureau and the Farm Service Agency for several years. In 1982 he received the Kansas Banker’s Award for soil conservation.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Vernon and Norman; two infant siblings, William and Viola; and one granddaughter, Kelli Jo Sander.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Henryetta, of the home; five children, Melvin and wife, Judi, of Olathe, Paul and wife, Kathryn, of Moran, Susan Stich and husband, Paul, of Chanute, Cynthia Johnson and husband, Gene, of Moran, Timothy and wife, Becky, of Elsmore; 11 grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Beverly Titterington of Wichita; in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Friends Home Lutheran Church, Savonburg. Burial will follow in the Elsmore Cemetery, Elsmore. The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. this evening at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service chapel, Moran. Memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran World Relief and sent in care of the funeral home, 344 N. Cedar, Moran, KS 66755. Condolences may be left at www.feuerbornfuneral.com