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MAY 12, 1920 -- OCT. 24, 2004

A memorial service for Robert Sanderson will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home, 1820 Seneca St. A military burial service will be in St. Matthews Cemetery, West Seneca.

He died Oct. 24 in St. Francis Nursing Home after a long illness. He was 84.

Born in Moosic, Pa., Mr. Sanderson graduated from Moosic High School. He had been a Buffalo resident for 60 years.

He retired in 1986 from the General Motors Chevrolet plant on River Road in the Town of Tonawanda, where he worked in the forge as a blacksmith.

From 1942 to 1945, during World War II, he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry, 29th Division.

He landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy. His military honors included the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge in 1944 and the Purple Heart in 1945.

His hobbies and interests included deer hunting, gardening, playing cards and traveling, and he was a Mets fan.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Shirley E. Draves; two daughters, Linda Miller of Yorktown Heights and Laurie of Williamsville; a son, Gary of Clinton, N.J.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


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