Richard Sanderson

February 5, 1930 ~ September 27, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Richard Sanderson Obituary


A Celebration of Life for Richard Owen Sanderson, 93, of Conde will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 4th at the United Methodist Church, Conde.  Rev. Rob Moorlach will officiate.  Lunch will be served after the celebration, so everyone is invited to stay for fellowship.  Inurnment will follow in the Conde City Cemetery under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.  Richard entered into eternal rest on September 27, 2023 at Wilmot Care Center.

Visitation will be held for one hour prior to services at the church. Two special songs, which Richard always liked, will be sung by his granddaughters Jennifer Hyk and Andria Bender with Rosemary Sanderson playing piano. The organist will be Joan Fahrenwald.


Richard Owen Sanderson was born on February 5, 1930 on the farm near Verdon to William Earl and Martha Elmira (Webster) Sanderson.  Richard had a brother Jim and two sisters, Jean and Hazel.  He attended country school and later began farming with his dad near Crandall.  Richard married Arda Mae Grimes in 1950 and they lived many years on the farm near Crandall. While married to Arda they had three children: Dana, Lynn and Michael. 

Richard later married Dorothy (Kraft) Phillips in Conde in 1975.  He continued to farm with the help of his son Lynn.  They continued to make their home on the family farm until they moved to the Wilmot Care Center.

Richard was a member of the United Methodist Church in Conde.  He enjoyed a good life on the family farm. He is remembered as a hard-working man and a true farmer at heart.  He enjoyed spending time with family, his siblings, seeing the hills every day, fixing things in the shop, doing field work, checking the crops and cattle, visiting with his many friends and neighbors and enjoying country music.  He is remembered telling his son Dana, “If I had not farmed, I don’t know what I would have done with my life.”

Celebrating Richard’s life is his wife Dorothy, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Dana (Brenda) Sanderson of Wagner and their children: Nicole (Joe) Fette and Adam (Kristen) Sanderson of Sioux Falls and Carrie (Phillip) Nest of Pocasset, Oklahoma. The celebration also includes his daughter in-law Rosemary Sanderson of Sioux Falls and her children: Jennifer (Rob) Hyk and Andria (Chris) Bender, all of Sioux Falls, and Jacob Sanderson of Lisbon N.D.  His sister-in-law Joyce Sanderson and her children: Don Sanderson of Washington, Patty (Mark) Grossman from Wisconsin and Brian (Tina) Sanderson of Conde and her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Also celebrating his life is his step-children: John (Lana) Phillips of Aberdeen, Jerry (Kathy) Phillips of Sioux Falls, Jim (Lynn) Phillips of Watertown, step-grandchildren, Daniel Ringgenberg, Molly Sayer, Shelly Phillips, Rhoda Sandquist, Josh Phillips, Nick Miller, Brandon Miller, Landon Phillips, Logan Phillips, Lucas Phillips and many great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death are his parents William Earl and Martha Sanderson, two sons, Michael Sanderson and Lynn Sanderson, his siblings, Hazel Reeve, Jean Tribble and Jim Sanderson and a step-daughter, Patricia Ringgenberg.

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