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Heartland Christian Church
Saturday January 8th, 2022
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Julian Verdell "Sandy" Sanders

Julian Verdell "Sandy" Sanders, age 97, of Marion, Illinois, went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Veteran's Affairs Medical Center- Community Living Center in Marion, Illinois.

Julian was born November 06, 1924 in Williamson County, Illinois, a son of Lloyd and Geneva B. (Fox) Sanders. He graduated from Johnston City High School in 1942. He worked for Thordarson Electric Company in Chicago. In April of 1944, he joined the United States Navy.

He married the love of his life, Virginia Lee Grant on February 14, 1947 in Johnston City. They shared 67 years of marriage, until her passing on December 28, 2014.
He had worked for Caterpillar in Peoria and Decatur for 33 years. After retirement, they moved to Florida for several years until finally returning home.
Julian was fervent in his Christian beliefs. He attended Heartland Christian Church in Marion.

Survivors include- Daughter- Carol Sanders; Son- Robert (Twyla) Sanders; Grandchildren- Ryan (Tara) Sanders, Lyssa (John) Sankbeil, Talesha Grant, Shaleta McCoy, James Joyner Jr., Semaj Joyner, and Jayden Sanders; nephew- John (Karen) Robinson; great grandchildren- Ty and Liam Sanders, Bennett Sankbeil; several nieces and nephews; and a host of many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and three sisters and brother-in-laws- Virginia (Sanders) and John Robinson, Sharon (Sanders) and Roy Evans, and Doris (Sanders) and Richard Silbart.

The family would like to thank Dr. William Grey of Herrin Hospital, Dr. Jan Bowman Marsh, Terry Allen and many others at the Community Living Center for the great, compassionate care he received. We also want to thank the pallbearers: Mike Darter, Hob Boyles, Rick Land, John Scankhiel, Robert Sanders, and Ryan Sanders.

Visitation will be from 11:00am until 1:00pm on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the Heartland Christian Church in Marion. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 8, 2022, 1:00 PM at Heartland Christian Church with Brother Greg Gibbs officiating. Burial will follow at Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Energy. Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with final arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, Julian had requested donations be sent to Heartland Christian Church.

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So sorry to hear Julian passed. He and Virginia were great friends when my Mom Sadie Hudson and I attended Northwest Christian Church in Decatur Illinois. So many good memories of wonderful people. May God give peace and comfort and strength to family and friends. Psalm 23

Joyce Hudson Clingerman Feb 20 2022 5:23 PM

Julian was our Neighbor and such a wonderful Man. We already miss him but we know he's with Jesus and won't suffer anymore.

Don and Mary McNail Jan 7 2022 9:24 PM

Julian was the first person at Heartland to welcome Me and Jim with a hug and a wonderful smile at Heartland church, when we first started going there! Jim is gone now too, but I am sure that they will be talking over the Bible in heaven, as soon as they get a chance! Julian was an amazing man of God! My prayers go out to the family.

Linda Greenwood Jan 7 2022 4:45 PM

Prayers for you carol sanders. I am sorry for your loss, but know with my whole heart he is true home and happy 😊. He was a very strong Christian and full of knowledge. He will be dearly missed. Love The Shaw's

Mendi and Kevin Shaw Jan 7 2022 4:40 PM

Carol and Robert, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am very saddened to hear of Uncle Julian's passing but know he is rejoicing in God's presence. Sending you my deepest sympathy and apologies that I cannot come up for the funeral at this time.

Lori Bitters Jan 6 2022 11:15 PM

Earth has no sorrow that heaven can't heal Isaiah 35:10: Let the wonderful memories be your guiding light in times of sadness and grief. We are sincerely praying for you, coach, and the rest of the family!

James Joyner Jan 5 2022 7:59 PM

You were one of a kind and always showed my family love ❤ you will be missed and forever loved

Shaleta Mccoy Jan 5 2022 7:50 PM

Praying for everyone during this time.

Brandon Bray-Joyner Jan 5 2022 7:46 PM