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In Memory of

Ernest L. Sanders

March 10, 1943 - August 9, 2017

Obituary


Ernest L. "Ernie" "The Colonel" Sanders, 74, of Oneonta passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
He was born March 10, 1943 in Oneonta the son of the late Leonard and Esther (Hall) Sanders.
Ernie graduated from Oneonta High School the class of 1961.
For many years he worked as a trackman and foreman for the D&H Railroad and later Canadian Pacific Rail until his retirement at the age of 60 in 2003.
On October 4, 1980, Ernie married Laura Conklin in Oneonta.
Ernie enjoyed fishing, gardening and...

Ernest L. "Ernie" "The Colonel" Sanders, 74, of Oneonta passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
He was born March 10, 1943 in Oneonta the son of the late Leonard and Esther (Hall) Sanders.
Ernie graduated from Oneonta High School the class of 1961.
For many years he worked as a trackman and foreman for the D&H Railroad and later Canadian Pacific Rail until his retirement at the age of 60 in 2003.
On October 4, 1980, Ernie married Laura Conklin in Oneonta.
Ernie enjoyed fishing, gardening and building stone walls and in his younger years, working on old cars. He was a good story teller and would always joke about his unpublished book of facts. His favorite pastime was watching NASCAR and his favorite driver was Mark Martin. In his retirement, Ernie volunteered for the Oneonta Salvation Army, the Oneonta M.S. Walk and the American Red Cross Blood Drives. But what Ernie will be remember for most is his love of his family which includes his dogs and cats.
Ernie and Laura were members of the Salvation Army Busy Bees and he was a member of the Army National Guard.
Ernie is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Laura Sanders, Oneonta; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly Pearce-Schwed (Fred), Oneonta; son, Dennis O'Donnell, Norwich; 2 grandchildren, Olivia and Nathan Schwed, Oneonta; 2 sisters-in-law, Suzanne Sanders, East Kingston, NH and Madeline Hill (Kevin), Otego; nephew, Floyd E. Sanders, Jr. (Toni), Exeter, NH; 3 nieces, Laurie Roy (David), Epping, NH, Shannon Hill, Laurens and Erin McBride (Jay), Oneonta and their families; brother-in-law, Edward Conklin (Cindy), Endicott and family; as well as numerous friends. He was predeceased by his brothers, Leonard Sanders, Floyd E. Sanders, Sr. and Harold Utter (Sharene).
Calling hours will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017 in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta from 6-8 PM.
A service to celebrate the life of Ernest L. Sanders will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta. Inurnment will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery, Wells Bridge.
For those who wish memorial donations may be made to either the Susquehanna SPCA, 4845 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, New York 13326 or to the Oneonta Salvation Army, 25 River Street, Oneonta, New York 13820.
To light a candle or send an online condolence please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.