Richard “Rich” Orvin Sander, age 57 of Redwood Falls, passed away Friday, May 30, 2014 at Seasons Hospice House in Redwood Falls after a short battle with cancer. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 3 at Assembly of God Church. Visitation is 4:00-8:00 p.m. Monday at the church and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Interment is in Redwood Falls Cemetery. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Richard Orvin Sander was born June 22, 1956 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota to Orvin and Helen (Pequin) Sander. He graduated from Redwood Falls High School in 1974, and was always proud of the fact he was a lifelong resident of Redwood Falls. At a very young age, Rich began working with his father and brothers in the family construction business. He took over sole ownership of Sander Construction in September 2005. Rich was joined in marriage to Brenda Pendleton; together they had two sons. On August 6, 1994, Rich and Sandy were united in marriage. Rich was a diehard Viking fan and was always hopeful of a Super Bowl championship. He was a lover of music and enjoyed sharing his vast music collection. Rich loved reading about Civil War history. He learned his passion for ice fishing from his father and enjoyed sharing that passion with his grandchildren. Rich was also a volunteer member for the Restorative Justice Program and enjoyed helping young people.
Rich is survived by his wife Sandy of 20 years; stepson Christopher (Carmen) Bengtson of Redwood Falls; stepdaughter Stephanie (Warren) Mathiowetz of Morgan; grandchildren Keegan, Rory, Eli, and Jesse Bengtson, Mya Jo, Kharma, and Landon Mathiowetz; sibings: Junette Grannes of Olivia, Judy Lopez of Denver, CO, Jim (Kari) Sander of Redwood Falls, Randy (Denise) Sander of Redwood Falls; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, sons Christopher and Jesse, and great nephew Whyatt Sander.