Gary Sanders

Gary J. Sanders, 77, West Point, Iowa died Monday, May 16, 2022.  He was born November 14, 1944, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Fort Madison, Iowa, the son of Paul John and Rosina Elizabeth (Bentler) Sanders.  On November 22, 1969, he married Victoria Elizabeth Fedler at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point.


Gary was a 1964 graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic School in West Point.  He went to bricklaying school in Storm Lake, Iowa.  He was a developer, hobby farmer, and owner of Gary Sanders Masonry.  He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Pheasants Forever, former board member of Fort Madison Bowling Association, and inductee into the Fort Madison Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame.  He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, St. Louis Cardinals fan, and a fan of everything that involved his children and/or grandchildren.  He enjoyed bowling, hunting, trap shooting, driving his UTV, spending time outside and spending time with his family.  He rode RAGBRAI for many years with family and friends.


He is survived by his wife, Vickie Sanders of West Point; five children: Steve (Dara) Sanders of West Point; Brad (Cara) Sanders of West Point; Pamela (Eric) Merschman of West Point; Rodney (Shana) Sanders of West Point; Kimberly (Dylan) Maki of Juno Beach, Florida; 10 grandchildren: Logan Sanders, Anaka Sanders, Mya Merschman, Kaleb Sanders, Ella Sanders, Dante Merschman, Lauren Sanders, Mason Sanders, Bianca Sanders, and Skyler Sanders; granddog, Monster Maki; six siblings: Kenneth (Judy) Sanders of St. Paul, Iowa; Leroy (Joyce) Sanders of Houghton; Donald (Becky) Sanders of West Point; Gregory Sanders of West Point; Vera Morgart of Davenport, Iowa; Patricia (Thomas) Brodar of Delphi, Indiana; brother-in-law, Howard Fedler of West Point; sisters-in-law, Jane Fedler of Fort Madison and Diane Sanders of Donnellson; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, son Douglas, brother Carl Sanders, brothers-in-law, Conrad Fedler and William “Bill” Morgart, and niece Julie Morgart Sarra.


His family will greet friends from 9:30 – 10:45 am Thursday, May 26, 2022 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, West Point.  Mass of Christian Burial will follow and begin at 11:00 am Thursday, May 26, 2022 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, West Point, with Reverend Dennis Hoffman as Celebrant.  Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, West Point.  A memorial has been established for Lee County Conservation and Lee County Pheasants Forever, contributions may be sent to the Barr-Holtkamp Funeral Home, 412 Ave C, P.O. Box 247, West Point, Iowa 52656.  Barr-Holtkamp Funeral Home is honored to serve the Sanders Family. An online guest book may be found at