Bruce Edward Sanders

Born in Louisville, KY on April 28, 1938

Departed on May 14, 2014 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Bruce Edward Sanders, age 76, of Hendersonville Tennessee, went to heaven, on May 14th, 2014

Bruce was born in Louisville Kentucky, April 28th, 1938 to the late Dorothy and John Sanders. Bruce graduated from Southern High School in Louisville Kentucky (class of 1956) and furthered his education at The University of Louisville.
Bruce wanted to serve his country so he joined the military as a young man. The United States of America and Patriotism were woven into his bloodline, following in his father’s footsteps of military service. Bruce worked many years within the military, performing at a high level all across the globe for this country up until his official retirement from The Air National Guard.
After his retirement Bruce enjoyed the small things in life, spending time with his grandchildren, hitting the open road in his car and traveling, No real destination in mind. An afternoon or two on the golf course was sure to be on his horizon. Bruce enjoyed just sitting outside and taking in the fresh air. However, no matter what he was doing, where he was driving, Bruce was always looking to help others in need, whether they were family, friend or foe.
Bruce was a caring man, one that could always be counted on to be there by his family. He always had a kind heart to others. Lending a hand to help someone get back on their feet, whether it be a bed to rest their head or a few dollars in their pocket to get through the day. Honest, loving and a father figure to many is what Bruce will be remembered for.

Bruce is survived by his loving family. Brother Donald Sanders. Six daughters, Angie (Michael); Sandy; Sherry; April (Joe); Kim (Joe) and Kathleen (Nathan).
Thirteen Grandchildren, Jessicca; Caleb; Jonah; Noah; Gabby; Andrew; Madeline; Auden; Tristan; Juliette; Josie; Ava and Olive
Four Great Grandchildren, Braeden; Logan; Hannah and Brayden

Funeral arrangements will be held Tuesday May 20th, 2014 at 10:00 am at Hendersonville Memory Gardens & Funeral Home. 353 Johnny Cash Pkwy. Hendersonville, Tennessee 37075

28 Comments to Bruce Edward Sanders

  1. Kim Fushey says:

    We love and miss you paw paw. You are a wonderful father. Love always

  2. Joe Thompson says:

    You will be truly missed and never forgotten!! Adios Amigos!

  3. Rae Ann says:

    Heaven will welcome Bruce!

  4. Joy says:

    Love you uncle Bruce!

  5. Josie Campbell says:

    I love you so much pawpaw, you have been such an amazing imfluence in my life, as much as
    I’ll miss you, I know you will always be watching me. I’m glad to have another guardian angel. love and miss you more and more everyday!

  6. Ann schrimsher says:

    Bruce, your are my brother in law by chance! my Friend by choice. I will miss all the picking on each other we shared over the years. The many weekends at each others houses and the late golf games you and Wayne always found time for. You were a great uncle to my girls joy and Stacey and they love you dearly. You will be greatly missed by us. See you in heaven. Ann

  7. Stacey Roberts says:

    Love you Bruce!!! We always had a good time with you!!! You will be missed!!!

  8. Kat says:

    I was blessed with the best father in the world! I love you Popa, miss you already. I will see you in heaven.

  9. jessicca says:

    You were one of the best grandpas a girl could ask for.. Wish I would have gotten to see you more before you made your journey to heaven. I know I will see you again someday, but until that day comes I am glad me and my children have you in heaven to look after us.. I love you paw paw..

  10. Mike and Joan Vaughn says:

    We will never forget the good times we were able to share. Family activities on the lake, poker games at night, and golf early Saturday morning or late on a weekday afternoon. You raised a beautiful family that we are fortunate to be a part. This world has lost a great person. RIP

  11. Carol Sullivan says:

    You were always larger than life and so much fun to be around! You always made me laugh and you will be missed.

  12. April Thompson says:

    Dad I love you more than words can say! We are so thankful to have such a wonderful father, paw paw, in our life’s. You mean the world to us. I love you so much and will miss you dearly. I know we will make you proud to be your daughters! I just want you to know you have been an amazing father and such a inspiration to us all. I love you so much! I know you will still be looking over us and doing what you do best taking care of us! I love you more than anything!!!

  13. Michael Allen says:

    I served with Bruce in the Air National Guard. My prayers and condolences to the family.

    Michael Allen Lt. Colonel Retired

  14. Doug Thornhill says:

    Bruce and I were in the Air National Guard together. When my son joined the guard, Bruce was a true mentor to him and I appreciated that so much. He was a great person to be around and we will be praying for the family during this very difficult time.

    Doug Thornhill, Lt Colonel, Retired

  15. Cathie Ellis says:

    Bruce was always welcome at our home for all the family gathers and always came to enjoy the day. I know sometimes he really didn’t feel like getting out and climbing the steps, but with Joe ,and April’s encouragement he somehow made it up the steps and into the chair. Once settled into the chair he enjoyed the laughter and sounds of Josie , Juliette and all the others. I know secretly he was wishing that banana pudding would be the desert served because as you see , he always told me my banana pudding was just like what his mom use to make for him. So with that in mind each time I make banana pudding, Bruce will be thought of.

  16. Cindy Wilburn says:

    My deepest sympathy to all the family. I’m a friend and coworker of April and Joe. April, I’m so sorry for your loss and if you need anything let me know. Love you.

  17. Leslie Lynn says:

    April I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
    Rejoice in knowing that you will see your daddy again one day after while.
    I love you sweet friend. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

  18. Stacey Dykes says:

    I had the honor of serving with Bruce Sanders in the TN Air National Guard for 3 years until he retired. Bruce had the ability to make anyone laugh on a moments notice. As I recall, he loved his family more than anything and spoke about them often. I had not seen him since his retirement but I can say that his name was often mentioned in memorable conversations with our fellow guardsmen within the 118th Logistics Readiness Squadron. Bruce you will be missed and my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time!

    Stacey Dykes

  19. Marlon Campbell says:

    What a great person to have in my life. A true personality. No one can say he did not get the most out of his days on this earth. I wish I could play one more card game, hit one more golf ball or just hear him laugh one more time.

  20. angie cook says:

    dear dad, i know you would have been shocked by this but i am at a lose for words. i dont know how i can possibly begin to tell you or anyone else how much i loved you. my heart is broken. you are and always will be my hero. i am who i am because of you. thank you for choosing to be my dad. anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad. i love you daddy.

  21. Carla Buher says:

    Mr. Bruce, my dear friend and neighbor for many years. Sarah and I will never forget you! April, Kat and Kim, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  22. Donald Sanders says:

    Will always love you, your brother,
    Dee Dee and Scott

  23. Lonnie Garrett says:

    I served with Bruce at the TN Air National Guard. He was a pleasant and gentle person to be with and to work with.
    He was easy to get to know. He was really good at following through. His daughters were his priority and he will
    surely be missed. I have thought of Bruce many times since my retirement, always with pleasant memories.

  24. Ginny Ellis - Nowak says:


    So sorry for your loss.

  25. Wayne Schrimsher says:

    Girls I am so sorry, He was a good friend as well as brother in law, I remember vacations, dinners, fishing, time at the pool but most of all our hours on the golf course where he beat me like a drum all except a time or two.

  26. Kellee Reed says:

    My condolences to you all. Comfort & peace be with you, in the days ahead. God bless! RIP Bruce.

  27. Glenda Hurst says:

    Bruce will be remembered as a very special person. He was one of a kind, and one that once met was never to be forgotten.
    There was a lot of miles between my home, and his, but that never bothered him if wanted to see a friend. He will be missed.
    You have precious memories cherish them always, and God bless you.

  28. Glenda W. Hurst says:

    Bruce was one of a kind, and once met was never to be forgotten. There was a lot of miles between my home, and his, but if he wanted to visit a friend the miles didn’t matter. May God bless all who loved him. Cherish all the precious memories you have.

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