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Francis "Sandy" Sanderson

January 5, 1933 ~ December 28, 2016 (age 83)

Francis “Sandy” Sanderson, 83, born in Bedford County, VA to Fred and Helen Sanderson, January 5, 1933, passed away December 28, 2016, in Ramona.

Upon graduating high school Sandy entered the Navy in 1953.  He proudly served his country for four years during the Korean War.  He received the National Defense Korean Service Medal, United Nations China Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.  Sandy went to work for General Dynamics-Space Systems Division as a Test Inspector on missiles and parts in 1957.  He was forced to retire in 1994, after 37 years, due to a massive stroke.  In 1968 he had purchased his “gentleman’s ranch” on Hwy 78 that he named Tranquility Ranch.  Sandy was able to spend all his free time improving his ranch which included the building of beautiful rock walls surrounding his gardens, which were his pride and joy.  He enjoyed gardening and loved animals.  He was a loner and happiest at Tranquility Ranch. 

Sandy is survived by his eight nieces and nephews and Sylvia Contreras, his caregiver for more than three years who brought joy and happiness to him while under his care.  He is also survived by his case manager and friend Felicia Jordan, and his good friend of more than 25 years, Juanita Ward Cox, to whom he entrusted all his affairs and affectionately referred to her as “The Patron”. 

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 28, at 1pm, Nuevo Memory Gardens, in celebration of Sandy’s life.

Bonham Bros. & Stewart Mortuary and Cremation Service is assisting the family.

 Service Information

Graveside Service
January 28, 2017

1:00 PM
Nuevo Memory Gardens
532 Ash St
Ramona, CA 92065

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