Funeral services for Don Sanders, 84, of Walters, Oklahoma, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home Chapel, Walters, with the Rev. J.R. Taylor and the Rev. Kent Simpson officiating with burial in the Walters Cemetery.
James Donald "Don" Sanders was born to Wayne Franklin and Opal Irene (Jones) Sanders on Feb. 19, 1932, northeast of Walters and departed this life in Duncan, Oklahoma on Nov. 28, 2016, at the age of 84 years, 9 months and 9 days.
Don grew up in rural Walters, graduated from Walters High School in 1952 and also attended college at Oklahoma A&M (OSU). He entered the United States Army, serving his country honorably in Germany during the Korean War. Upon his return from the service he went to work in Alaska doing offshore drilling. He returned home to Walters where he and his dad did house moving and carpentry, and he eventually went to work for the Oklahoma Highway Department, retiring after 25 years with the state as a heavy equipment operator.
He was an active member of the Bible Baptist Church in Walters for many years serving as usher and trustee, and he also built the current church auditorium. He enjoyed water skiing in his younger years and throughout his life has enjoyed bird hunting, gardening, estate and garage sales, visiting, going to the casino and always enjoyed having a dog.
Don married Iva Rae (Eder) Gee on Jan. 19, 1979, at Walters and they enjoyed 37 years together. She preceded him in death on Aug. 22, 2016. He was also preceded by his parents; a brother, Dale Sanders; a son, Benny Gee; a great-grandson, Landon Dingman; and a great-great-granddaughter, Neveah DeFate.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Debi Gee, Tammie and David Hunt, all of Duncan; seven grandchildren, Angie Dingman, Charley Gee, Jason Spanhanks, Raegan Nickerson, Jared Smith, Tyler Smith and Trey Hunt; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister, June Bates, of Walters; other relatives and many friends.
Published on November 29, 2016