Obituary: Burt L. Sanders

Burt L. Sanders 91, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at Kidron Bethel in North Newton. He was born Feb. 23, 1925, in Wichita to Alva E. and Lillian P. (Adams) Sanders. On June 5, 1949, he married Geraldine “Gerry” Irby at Hill City, and she preceded him in death on March 1, 2015.

Burt was a graduate of Baxter Springs High School and graduated from Pittsburg State Teachers College. He served three years in the U.S. Navy, earning the rank of gunnery fire controlman first class. Burt taught high school science and was a principal in his early career.

He was a longtime active charter member of Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton, where he served on many committees and helped establish the Trinity Heights Church Foundation.  Burt also was a lay member to the Kansas West UMC Annual Conference. He served his community volunteering for Newton Meals on Wheels and was a member of the Lions Club.

Burt’s working career was spent as a Met Life and Travelers Insurance Agent and 17 years as director of development and public relations for United Methodist Youthville. He also worked 10 years as corporate director of development for Presbyterian Manors of Mid America, working in Kansas and Missouri. After his retirement, he kept active working as a consultant for Larksfield Place in Wichita and for other charitable organizations.  Burt greatly looked forward to spending time with his loving family and many friends. And especially looked forward to his Saturday morning men’s breakfast group.

He is survived by daughter Cheryl Stansberry of Lawton, Okla.; sister Lois K. Wagener and her family of Chicago; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including Diane Whited of Derby, Mike Welch of Wamego, Linda Kurtz of Overland Park and Donna Welch of Chicago.

Burt was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son, Craig, and his sister, Joan Welch.

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donna Voteau presiding. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

Memorials are suggested to Trinity Heights Foundation in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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