Hastings, Nebraska, resident Robert Dale “Sandy” Sanford, 90, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2019, at Perkins Pavilion Good Samaritan Society-Hastings Village in Hastings.

Services are 10 a.m. Monday, November 11, at First United Methodist Church in Hastings with Pastor Greg Lindenberger officiating. Burial will be at Blue Valley in Ayr. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday with family present at the funeral home, and one hour prior to service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church or Blue Valley Cemetery. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.

Sandy was born May 27, 1929, in Ayr to Clayton and Virgie (Ekstein) Sanford. He attended Ayr Grade School and graduated from Roseland High School in 1947. Sandy joined the U.S. Navy in 1947 and served in the Pacific on the U.S.S. AJAX, U.S.S. COMSTOCK, and in the Marshall Islands. He sailed to Pearl Harbor, Japan, and China. Sandy’s home port was San Diego, California. He was discharged in 1950. Sandy married Delores Small on October 12, 1952, in Ayr; she preceded him in death on February 1, 2015.

Sandy worked on the farm with his dad, Nebraska Department of Roads, Naval Ammunition Depot, Dutton-Lainson, and Swift & Company. In 1953, he went to work for Hastings Utilities and retired in 1992. He worked for E-Z Kitchen for 12 years. Sandy was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hastings and Eagles Aerie #592 since 1956.

Sandy was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Delores Carlene Sanford; infant daughter; grandson, Chad Sanford; son-in-law, Kent Johansen; siblings, Elda Knight, Maurice Sanford, George, Sanford, Merlin Sanford, and Ailene Cozine; and nephew, Rick Sanford.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Daniel A. and Mary Sanford of Navar, Florida; daughter and son-in-law, JaNell and Kenny Struss of Hastings; grandchildren and spouse, Daniel C. Sanford, Tanya Sanford, Trevor Johansen, Brandon Johansen, Kaitlin and Andrew Anderson, and Jessica Struss; great-grandchildren, Donavon Sanford, Jeremiah Sanford, Lylli Struss and Claire Struss; and many other family members and friends.

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