Gordon Ray Sanders, 86, of New London, Mo., passed away at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, at his home.
Gordon was born at his family’s farmhouse in Ralls County on Sept. 1, 1926, to Blanche Smith and Ernest Sanders, the ninth of 13 children.
He attended Marble Creek School for seven years, attended Ilasco Elementary School and graduated from Ilasco High School in 1945.
He served with the U.S. Army in the Infantry and Cavalry at Camp Forsythe and Fort Riley, Kan., going on to earn a bachelor of science in education and masters in arts in English from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He completed post-graduate study at European universities.
Gordon taught high school English and history for 39 years, 33 of which were spent teaching in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Germany, where he met his wife, Herviga. Settling in Munich, Germany, they raised four children, Christopher, Mona, Stephen and John.
In 1990, after retiring and moving to New London, he devoted himself to cultivating his beautiful garden and to genealogical research.
Gordon was a passionate and committed teacher whose students remembered him with deep affection and respect for the great and positive influence he had on their lives. He and the family deeply appreciated the many thoughtful notes and thanks students sent in the last weeks of his life.
Gordon is survived by his wife and four children and sister, Carolyn Fletcher, of Hannibal.
Private cremation arrangements for the family have been made by the James O’Donnell Funeral Home. His family will hold a brief memorial gathering at Marble Creek Cemetery on May 30, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society in Gordon’s name.
Online condolences may be made at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.