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Columbia Missourian

Harry Eugene Sanders dies at 93

By Dan Burley
January 31, 2012 | 4:56 p.m. CST

Harry Eugene Sanders of Pleasant Plains, Ill., died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. He was 93.

Mr. Sanders was born Nov. 24, 1918, in rural Hannibal to John and Lula Sanders. 

Mr. Sanders graduated from Tilden High School in 1938. He served in the Navy during World War II on the USS Shangri La.

He married Dorothy Hubbard on Nov. 9, 1941. The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past year.

Known as a master welder, Mr. Sanders worked in Peoria, Ill., and Texas before settling at Michelmann Steel in Quincy, Ill., where he was shop superintendent for 32 years.

Throughout his life, Mr. Sanders enjoyed many activities, especially those that involved family and friends. He and his wife loved to be outside, working in the yard or the garden, or camping and fishing with family and friends on the Salt River.

Mr. Sanders was also a skilled woodworker. He built and remodeled several homes for his family and loved to help others with their projects. He built an addition to Akers Chapel Church in Plainville, Ill., where he served as an elder. He and his wife were members there for many years.

He loved watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in activities such as sports and swimming.

Mr. Sanders is survived by his wife; a son, John Sanders, and his wife, Sandra, of Columbia; two daughters, Nancy Tippin and her husband, Morris, of Medora, Ind., and Beth Kaufmann and her husband, Robert, of Pleasant Plains, Ill.; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

His parents; his siblings, Ruth Palmer, M. Chester Sanders, O. Richard Sanders and Betty Winn; and one granddaughter died earlier.

Services were Monday at Smith Funeral Home and Chapel in Hannibal. Burial was in Grand View Burial Park.

Memorial contributions can be made to Oakwood Christian Church in care of Smith Funeral Home and Chapel, 2619 St. Mary's Ave., Hannibal, MO 63401. Condolences can be sent online at