Rick Sanders, age 50 of Baltimore, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2012, at Fairfield Medical Center.
He was a retired Sergeant for the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office with 30 years of service, current Captain on the Thornville Police Department and employed at The Columbus Dispatch in the security division.
He was a graduate of Liberty Union High School Class of 1980 and graduate with a Police College Degree from Hocking College. Rick was a member of the Lancaster F. O. P .A., social member of the Baltimore VFW Post #3761 and was involved in Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Melissa “Missy” Sanders; children, Jessi (Scott) Stimmell of Lancaster, and Chris (fiancé Samantha Nafzger) Sanders of Baltimore; granddaughter, Allisyn “Alli-gator” Stimmell; brothers, Harold Sanders of Canal Winchester, Roger (Pam) Sanders of Thurston, and Larry (Liz) Sanders of Millersport; sister, Debbie (Sandy) Wright of Millersport; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary Lou and Jesse Downhour of Lancaster, Ohio; brothers-inlaw and sisters-in-law, Kurt and Dannette Downhour and Kip and Tammy Downhour all of Sugar Grove; close friends, Rick and Melissa May of Baltimore, Darrell Ball of Stoutsville, and Scott and Karen Schermerhorn of Florida; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Erma Sanders; sister-in-law, Alice Sanders; and nephew, Doug Sanders.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2012, in the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, 207 S. Main St., Baltimore, with Pastor Jerry Eaton officiating. Burial to follow in Union Evangelical Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be given to the family for a college fund for the grandchildren; Pa Paw would want it that way.
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