By The Mercury

Joseph E. Sanders, 92, formerly of Centralia, died Friday at his daughter’s home in rural Havensville.

The family provided some of the following information.

He was born Aug. 7, 1921, at Home City, the son of Joseph W. and Arcena Crevier Sanders.

During World War II he was a medic attached to the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in Burma, India and China.

Joe worked for the Civil Conservation Corps at Marysville where he was an assistant leader and a truck driver. He also farmed and raised cattle.

He was a former member of St. Patrick Catholic Church at Coal Creek and St. Joseph Catholic Church at Lillis until each of those parishes closed.

He was a member of Corning American Legion Post No. 37 and a proud member of the National Rifle Association.

Joe married Agatha M. Sunnenberg on Aug. 7, 1946, at Baileyville. She died May 2, 2008.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Sanders; a son-in-law, Don Kolterman; four sisters, Marie Thorn, Arcena Pfeifer, Lois Gordon and Rita Berry; two brothers, Raymond and Bill Sanders; and three other siblings who died in infancy.

Survivors include a son, Joe Bernard Sanders of Oswego; four daughters, Patricia Kolterman of Onaga, Nelda Dulac (Greg) of Goddard, and Nancy Flowers (Sam) and Jena Lotridge (Eddie), all of Havensville; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Sanders Jeanneret of Seneca; one brother, Leo Sanders (Kate) of Baileyville; one sister, Eileen Gunther of Axtell; twenty-one grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; twelve step-great grandchildren and three step-great-great grandsons.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Onaga. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery at Coal Creek. Joe will lie in state until 4 p.m. Monday at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Onaga and after 5 p.m. at the church, where a Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m., followed by visitation.

Memorials are suggested to Grace Hospice or Midland Hospice, and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 312, Onaga, 66521. On-line condolences may be made at

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