Richard E. Sanderson

Richard E. Sanderson

September 17, 1947 - March 11, 2018

Richard E. “Dick” Sanderson of Troy, NY passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 11, 2018.  Dick was born September 17, 1947, to Walter and Dorothy (Millard) Sanderson.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Robert “Bob” Sanderson, his sister Nancy Sanderson, and his mother-in-law Shirley Barbour.  Dick is survived by his wife of almost 45 years, Sheri Walek Sanderson of Troy; his son Derek, his wife Terri, and their son Justin, of Troy; his daughter Casey Sumner, her husband Caleb, and their children Matthew, Madeline, Molly and Mia, who all lovingly referred to Dick as their Papa Belly, of Sedalia, MO ; his sister, Virginia Haughney of Pensacola, FL; his sister-in-law, June Sanderson of Melrose; his brother- and sister-in-law, Bucky and Roxie Walek of Goodyear, AZ; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful crew of Cindy Wilson, Russ Burckhard, and Brian Davey, who was like a second son to him.

Dick proudly served his country while stationed in Germany, as a member of the 317th Engineer Battalion during the Vietnam War and it was Sheri who signed his draft card. The lifelong friendships he made while serving were much enjoyed and appreciated by him.  Following his service, he spent many years driving for Grand Union and the NYS Department of Transportation.  Dick was also well-known for his catering business, Sandies Smokehouse Café.  His gift of gab and delicious food made him a staple at many area fairs and festivals, including Americade in Lake George and Irish Fest in Altamont and Saratoga.  He enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing and Jeeping.  Dick loved his family immensely, his grandchildren were his pride and joy, and there wasn’t a stranger he wouldn’t befriend. 

There will be no calling hours.  A memorial service will be held at a later date and interment will be at Saratoga National Cemetery.  Those wishing to remember Dick may do so by contributing to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave, Menands, NY.  Arrangements made by the Frank P. McDonald and Son Funeral Home, Troy, NY.


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