John ‘Jack’ Sanders


(Oct. 20, 1938 - Nov. 2, 2017)

John “Jack” Frederic Sanders of Cody died from lung cancer the morning of Nov. 2, 2017, in the care of Spirit Mountain Hospice. He was 79.

He was born Oct. 20, 1938, to Fred and Anna Sanders in Big Sandy, Montana. After graduating high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1963 and then graduated from the University of Montana as a wildlife biologist. 

Jack married Marlene Nazer on Dec. 20, 1965. He was an avid hunter and served as a forester for the U.S. Forest Service for 32 years. He also prided himself as a high school football official, softball umpire and accomplished bowler.

Jack is survived by his wife, Marlene; daughters and sons-in-law Suzanne and Chris Fassler of Draper, Utah, and Denise and Brian Wiegand of Cody; sisters Betty Schott of Columbia Falls, Montana and Linda (Greg) Harkins of Tuscon, Arizona; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Tanna and Paul Bebo of Anaconda, Montana; grandchildren Aaron, Shannon, and Theresa Fassler and Jessica and Justin Wiegand; as well as nieces and nephews Wade (Barb) and Wanita Schott, Sam Hickcox and Lisa Hickcox (Dan) Jenkins, and George (Berna) and Sherri Bebo.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Rosemary Sanders; brother-in-law Ray Schott; and brother-in-law Bruce Hickcox.

Inurnment will be at the Riverside Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 1:30 p.m. Memorial services will follow at Christ the King Lutheran Church at 2:30 p.m. with fellowship to follow.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

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