Clifford (Jack) Sanders


(Feb. 25, 2005)

Clifford (Jack) Sanders, formerly of Powell, died Friday, Feb. 25 in Billings, Mont., at the age of 81.

He was born in Platteville, Colo., on July 11, 1923 to William M. and Mary Elizabeth (White) Sanders. The family moved to Powell when he was 12 years old. They settled on Whistle Creek. Jack received his first schooling in Byron.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served all his time on the USS Lexington, better known as the Blue Ghost; they were 18 months on the water. Jack was very proud of his service record.

He married Kathryn J. Rudquist on Jan. 7, 1952, in Anaconda, Mont.

He was a life member of the V.F.W. #5054 in Powell, the American Legion post #44 in Worland, Worland Elks #208, and Eagles # 3096; He was the Wyoming State Arie Father of the year in 2002-2003 and Wyoming State traveling ambassador. His hobbies included darts, fishing, and playing pool.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Ruthetta; his parents; sisters May Jackson, Dovie Wigham, Bertha Beerline and Mary Umberhower; and brothers Buford and Andrew Sanders.

He is survived by his wife Kathryn of Billings; daughters, Clarice (Terry) Hoffman of Billings, Jackie Niederkofler of Billings; son, Jack Sanders Jr. and wife Mary of Belgrade, Mont.; sister Ruby (Johnny) Sinner of Billings; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, March 2 at 10 a.m. from the Bryant Funeral Home Chapel in Worland. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell, with the Powell Veteran's Honor Guard in charge of military honors. Visitation for family and friends will be held Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.