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Dennis "Denny" Sander - 70

12/31/1947 - 4/7/2018

Clinton, IA

Dennis L. “Denny” Sander, age 70 of Clinton, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center North. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, April 13th from 4:00-8:00 pm at Eagle Point Pavilion, Clinton, Iowa. All friends and family are invited to attend. Denny was born in Clinton, Iowa on December 31, 1947, the son of Clifford and Lois (Dusenbery) Sander. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1966 and attended the University of Dubuque. He was drafted into the US Army and served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Following his time in the service he attended and received his BA Degree in Physical Education from St. Ambrose and his PhD in Zoology. He married Sandra Jordan on September 26, 1970 in Clinton. Denny served as a Deputy with the Clinton County Sheriff's Department before becoming Clinton County’s first Probation Officer, retiring in 2009. While at Clinton High School, Denny was a four-sport athlete and member of the 1964 Iowa State Championship baseball team. He was offered a minor league contract with the New York Mets, but chose to go on to college. He was an avid softball player, not only playing on teams which won State and Regional titles, but he was also inducted into the Iowa Softball Association Hall of Fame. He coached Little League and youth football teams, refereed, umpired and worked the time clock for Clinton Community College basketball games for many years. Denny was a devoted Iowa Hawkeye and River Kings and Queens fan. He enjoyed his Canadian fishing trips and fantasy football and baseball leagues. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. Denny is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 47 years Sandy; three daughters, Shannon (Jeff) Sander-Welzien of Clinton, Erin (Jacob) Thoms of Clinton and Kali (Zach) Sweers of Sycamore, IL; a son Jordan (Linsey) Sander of LeClaire; 10 grandchildren, Nevaeh, Owen, Ella, Mazie, Ty, AJ, Cora, Landen, Ruby and Frances; two brothers, Greg Sander of Clinton and Scott (Paula) Sander of Cedar Rapids, many nieces and nephews, and his "nurse dog" Blu. The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Anoop "Noop Dog" Aggarwal and his staff. He was preceded in death by his parents. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the YWCA Clinton. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Celebration of Life:

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, April 13th from 4:00-8:00 pm at Eagle Point Pavilion, Clinton, Iowa. All friends and family are invited to attend.

12 Comments

  • alf eversoll

    on 04/09/18

    RIP Denny we had many good memories will save you a seat at all football games.
  • Gary Montgomery

    on 04/10/18

    My heart sank this morning learning of Denny's passing. Always a person with a smile on his face, Denny had many friends. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family.
  • Jerry Dithmart

    on 04/10/18

    Can only think of the word (Awesome) man when it comes to Denny! Very grateful to have played ball with him! Admired him as a friend and mentor! The good Lord has a great new member in a class of his own!
  • Anthony Gifford

    on 04/10/18

    To The Sander family, I extend my heartfelt sympathy. Knowing Denny as a coach for years, there are few people that I admired so much. Denny's laughter and smile, while always filled with sunflower seed shells, would make anybody enjoy the game of baseball. Thanks for everything you have done for me. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family!
  • Almeta ammons

    on 04/10/18

    May God put his loving arms around you and your family during this time of grief but rejoice. Because you have another angel watching over you
  • Sean RIgby

    on 04/10/18

    Deeply sorry for the loss. I always remember growing up in Cameron Oaks, Denny was always so friendly. He would always stop and talk to everyone. He left lasting impressions on us all, as he was one of the nicest guys I knew.
  • Angie Kroymann

    on 04/11/18

    Deepest sympathy to your family. Denny was one of the good guys! My family has many fond memories of Denny at the pony ball field and he will certainly be missed.
  • Sherri Klasi (Eberle)

    on 04/11/18

    Sandy and family, so sorry to read about Dennys passing. My deepest sympathy to you all.
  • Keith and Vic

    on 04/11/18

    Our condolences to the family! Denny will surely be missed - he was one of the good guys. He was a dedicated grandpa as we spent many bleacher hours together watching swim practices/meets. He always had a warm smile and a good story. May he rest in peace.
  • Keith and Vicki Norman

    on 04/11/18

    Our condolences to the family! Denny will surely be missed - he was one of the good guys. He was a dedicated grandpa as we spent many bleacher hours together watching swim practices/meets. He always had a warm smile and a good story. May he rest in peace.
  • Sandy & John Hackett, Arianna's Grandparents

    on 04/11/18

    Nevaeh, We know how important your Grandpa was to you and you were to him. He was such a nice, thoughtful, kind man. He will always live in your heart and has definitely helped make you who you are. Repay him by doing the same for your children and grandchildren. No one is ever ready for these losses. We are sending you our deepest sympathy and hugs.
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