James Leroy Sanderson was born on January 6th, 1933.
He, along with his Brother Donald, and Sister Mary enjoyed the childhood that small town life provides.
After Graduating High School in 1951, and attending One year at Western State
College in Gunnison, CO; he left for Parks AFB in California on his 20th Birthday. From
there, he attended Electronics school at Scott AFB in Illinois. Next, he moved on to
Bergstrom AFB in Texas; where he immediately volunteered for overseas duty and left for Japan in January of 1954.
In Japan he was stationed at both Itazuke and Ashiya AFB, on the Island of
Kyushu. While there he worked with the Air Police and then became an Air Operations
Specialist at Itazuke; working as Air Traffic Control for flights throughout Japan. He
also operated an Air to Ground Bombing and Gunnery Range at Ashiya AFB. From there he returned to Itazuke; where he operated and maintained a radio transmitter site.
James returned to The United States in February of 1956 and was stationed at
Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, South Dakota. He was put in charge of a Radio and
Transmitter site. It was here that he met the Love of his Life and future Wife Kathryn;
when she was dragged to a disreputable dancehall by her good friend, Arlene Svoboda.
He Married Kathryn Ann Dvorak in Iona, South Dakota November 18th, 1956. They moved to his home town of Dove Creek, Colorado shortly thereafter. He went to work at Mountain Propane Company while in Dove Creek. Soon, the happy couple's first son, Dean Leroy Sanderson was born on May 9th, 1958. Shortly thereafter on April 18, 1960, a second son; Allan Lee Sanderson was born.
On April 2, 1961, James reported to school for employment with the Colorado
State Patrol. Upon completion of school; a long and remarkable career with the Colorado
State Patrol began. His first assignment was with the Denver division, and the family
moved to Commerce City. While living there, they welcomed a young lady to the family;
Daughter Sheryl Ann Sanderson on June 25th, 1963.
In December of 1964 He was transferred again; and the family this time moved to
Montrose, Colorado; where they would remain until October of 1972 when they would move to Colorado Springs where he was promoted to Sergeant.
In 1979 James was promoted to Lieutenant and Commander of Troop 3-C. With that promotion came another transfer, this time to Fort Collins, Colorado. During the winter quarter of 1979 he would attend Central Missouri State University; where he studied Police Administration.
James retired from the Colorado State Patrol in 1985 Thereafter he and Kathryn
moved to Custer, SD, where they spent 20 years of retired life before returning to
Colorado; settling in Milliken.
James and Kathryn were blessed many times over, becoming Grandparents, and later Great-Grandparents.
In 1978, Dean married Carla Mendenhall. They welcomed their Son, Matthew James on March 5th, 1981. Their Daughter Melissa Renee followed on May 9th, 1984. They both grew into impressive adults. Matthew graduated from The University of Colorado in Boulder, and served his country in the United States Army, where he left with the rank of Captain. He is currently in law enforcement with the Boulder County Sherriff's Department. Melissa Graduated from the UCHSC with a PharmD. She is currently in practice as a Pediatric Pharmacist at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. Melissa is married to Paul Johnson, and they have graced James and Kathryn with a wonderful and precocious Great-Grandson; Wyatt James.
In 1980, Allan married Judith Kay Lockett. They Welcomed their first Son, Steven Dean on March 30th, 1981. Their second Son, David Levoid was welcomed October 17th, 1983. Third son Cameron Dale was born on July 26th, 2001. Steven and Jamie Harris blessed James and Kathryn with two beautiful Great-Grandchildren. Tamara Lillianna, and Charlie Allan. David is serving in the Navy AME1 and studying at Brandman University.
In 1982 Sheryl married Merle "Casey" Hankins(deceased). On August 3rd, 1983,
they welcomed their Daughter, Shannon Nicole. James was fond of calling her "Shanny Poo" and was the only person ever permitted to do so. He was her Hero, she Loves him more than anything.
James died on Monday, March 3, 2014 at North Colorado Medical Center, Hospice unit in Greeley.
James is survived by Wife Kathryn of 57 years, Mother Bertha, Uncle J.C. Sanderson, Sister Mary and Husband Norman Hensley, Sister in-law Sandy Sanderson, Sister in-law Marjie and Husband Bill Straight, Brother in-law Bill Dvorak, Son Dean Sanderson and Wife Carla Sanderson, Son Allan Sanderson and Judy Sanderson, Daughter Sheryl Hankins, Niece Donetta Hegwood, Niece Marti Long and Husband Bob, Nephew Kurt Sanderson, Nephew Bob Dvorak. Niece Carmen and Husband Pete Dyar, Grandson Matthew Sanderson, Grandson Steven Sanderson, Granddaughter Shannon Hankins, Grandson David Sanderson, Granddaughter Melissa and Husband Paul Johnson, Grandson Cameron Sanderson, Great Niece Alyssa Belt and Husband Kelly, Great Nephew Rylan Sanderson Great-Granddaughter Tamara Sanderson, Great-Grandson Charlie Sanderson, Great-Grandson Wyatt Johnson.
James was preceded by His Father James Sanderson, Mother and Father in-laws Adolph and Beryl Dvorak, Brother Donald Sanderson, Nephew in-law Gary Hegwood.