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Roy Sanders, 76 year old former Woodward resident died Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in Arcadia, Florida. A Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am Friday, May 19, 2017 in St. Peter Catholic Church in Woodward. The family will have a receiving of friends at the Billings Funeral Home from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Roy Dean Sanders was born May 1, 1941, in Ramsey, Illinois the son of John and Ina Sanders. He married Catherine Fortner on November 23, 1963 in Decatur, Illinois. Roy worked in Decatur until moving to Woodward in 1981, where he and his family made their home until 1998. He and Catherine moved to Yukon in 1998. Roy worked 42 years for Wabash, Norfolk Western, Santa Fe, and BNSF Railroads. They were snowbirds and would go to Florida during the winter months. They moved to Arcadia, Florida full time in 2014.

Roy was a brilliant, generous, and caring man. He was always helping anyone he could by building and fixing up homes, cars, landscaping and other odd jobs. He loved spending time with his family, traveling, and cooking. Roy was good man who was loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

Roy is survived by his wife, Catherine of the home; daughter, Trisha Sanders of Arcadia, Florida; three sons, Timothy Sanders and wife Melissa; Todd Sanders and wife Lisa all of Woodward; Thomas Sanders and wife Kendra of Duluth, Minnesota; grandchildren, Timothy; Alexandria; Gabby; Jessica; Brittany; Blayn; and Fiona; three sisters, Betty Fulk of Decatur, Illinois; Loretta Fortner and husband Joe; Irma Gaither and husband Larry all of Mt. Zion, Illinois; many nieces, nephews other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Rodell Sanders; and Junior Sanders; one sister, Pauline Linn; and one nephew, Richard Davis.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on May 18, 2017
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