NEWTON—Robert “Guero” Sandoval, Jr., 75, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, at his home in Newton.
He was born on Dec. 7, 1945, in El Paso, Texas, the son of Robert and Juana Ortiz Sandoval, Sr. The family moved to Newton in the late 1950s where he attended local schools.
Robert married Ramona Estrada on Sept. 7, 1968, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton.
He had worked at the Hesston Corp. for 35 years, later working at Sharpline and Varsity Sports both in Wichita.
Robert was a major sports fan. He had played softball for the Holy Name team in Newton for several years. He umpired fast pitch and slow pitch games for the Newton Recreation Center. Robert enjoyed coaching football and baseball. He was a longtime member of the Newton Mexican-American Athletics Club.
An avid photographer, Robert could be seen throughout the community at many events taking pictures. He enjoyed volunteering for the sand volleyball tournaments and the car shows.
Survivors include his wife Mona of the home, sons Jimmy Sandoval and wife Nancy of San Antonio, Texas, Anthony Sandoval and wife Sandra of Colwich, Jesse Sandoval and wife Greta of North Newton, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Robert is also survived by his brother, Ruben “Bennie” Sandoval and wife Sylvia of Newton; sisters Cruz Martinez and husband Nick of Hamlet, Calif., Rosa Gonzalez and husband Gilbert of Nickerson, Annie Castor and husband John of Wichita, Bertha Lowmaster and husband Gene of Phoenix, Ariz., Margie Titus and husband John of Newton, and Irma Unruh of Newton.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Betito, Jessie and Carlos and three great-grandchildren.
The casket was open at the funeral home on Sunday, Aug. 29, between Noon and 6 p.m., where the family received friends between 4-6 p.m.
The Recitation of the Holy Rosary was at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 30, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m.
Private family inurnment will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Newton.
A memorial has been established with Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Kan., 671114.
Condolences may be left at www.broadwaycolonialfh.com.
Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.