Norman Francis Sanders, 85, of McGregor, Texas, formerly of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 1:32 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center in Temple, Texas.

Norman Francis Sanders, 85, of McGregor, Texas, formerly of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 1:32 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center in Temple, Texas.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, Mo. Rev. Steve Barker will officiate. Burial, with full military rites by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post #55, will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal, Mo.

Friends and family are invited to Norman's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Norman was born Dec. 24, 1931, in Hannibal, Mo., to Eldon B. and Sylvia Lee Howell Sanders.

He was married to Shirley Ann Brothers on April 24, 1953, in Hannibal, Mo. She preceded him in death Oct. 28, 2008.

Survivors include two daughters, DeLaine Giltner (Mark) of St. Louis, Mo. and DeVonne Sanders (Ray Pendergrass) of McGregor, Texas; five grandchildren, James Astorino (Martha), Lance Astorino (Lisa), Bryce Giltner (Jill), Austin Giltner (Stacy) and Ross Giltner; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Kenneth Sanders; and one nephew, Wayne Sanders.

Norman served his country proudly in the United States Army as a paratrooper, earning the rank of Sergeant before his honorable discharge.

Norman then began a long career with the Hannibal Fire Department that spanned over 28 years, before retiring in 1989 as Hannibal’s Fire Chief.

Away from work, Norman loved to be outdoors, he enjoyed mowing his grass and duck hunting on the Mississippi River for many years. Traveling with his wife, Shirley, was always a treat; Norman enjoyed trips to Cancun and the Dominican simply relaxing on the beach. Politics, western movies and Kansas City Chiefs Football were always something that Norman liked to watch and follow. Norman was also a past secretary of the Missouri State Geological Society and a 32nd Degree Mason.

Norman was a member of the First Christian Church in Hannibal, Mo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner's Children’s Hospital.

Pallbearers will be James Astorino, Lance Astorino, Bryce Giltner, Austin Giltner, Ross Giltner and Omar Ghattas.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com .