Edward W. Sanders, Sr., 74, and a resident of Amherst, died Friday, December 14, 2012, at New Life Hospice of St. Joseph after a short illness. Ed was born in Amherst, September 18, 1938, to the late Harry and Elizabeth (nee Wagner) Sanders. He graduated from Amherst High School, Class of 1956. Ed served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves from 1957-1964. From 1958-1969 he was employed at the Ford Lorain Assembly Plant. Edward was also the owner of Sanders Friendly Corner on Tenney Avenue in Amherst, which he operated with the help of his parents from 1967-1977. In 1977, Ed went to work at Mike Bass Ford, where he was a used car sales manager for 29 years, retiring in 2006. Ed also performed with a local band “The Playboys”, and followed that up with being a single entertainer keyboardist until 1985.
Mr. Sanders was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amherst. He also belonged to the churchs’ St. Joseph Players. His other memberships include American Legion Post 118, Amherst, American Legion Motorcycle Riders, Knights of Columbus Council 4891, Lorain County Radio Control Club, and Lorain Rifle and Pistol Club. Ed was a life member of the National Rifle Association.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing, boating, motorcycling, flying radio controlled aircraft, target shooting, and music.
Ed is survived by his wife of 52 years, Cheryl (nee Sobocienski); two sons, Edward (Jennifer) of Lorain and Patrick (Laura) of Amherst; a daughter, Tammy (Don) Floreske of Amherst; two grandchildren, Hanna and Matthew Floreske; sisters, Sheila (Terry) Hartsel of Avon Lake and Jessie Karish of Lorain; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his sister, Laura Hultai; and brothers, John and Kenneth Sanders.
Family will receive friends Sunday, December 16, 2012, 2 until 6 P.M., at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst. Closing prayers will be 9:30 A.M., Monday, December 17, 2012, at the funeral home, followed by a 10 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amherst. Reverend Lawrence N. Martello, Pastor, will be the Celebrant. Burial, with military rites conducted by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard, will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.