John E. Sands, age 84, passed away suddenly in his home near Delhi on Thursday evening, February 20, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 24th, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Delhi with the Rev. John Kremer officiating. Burial will be in the St. John’s Cemetery, Delhi. Friends may call at the St.John’s Catholic Church on Sunday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Scripture Service at 7:00 and also on Monday, one hour prior to the Funeral Service. Arrangements are being handled by Clifton-Murdoch Funeral Home in Earlville.
He was born July 2, 1929, the son of Edward and Eva (Tibbotts) Sands in Hopkinton. On February 19, 1949, he married Lela B. Harbach in Cedar Rapids. The couple farmed in the Delhi area before moving to Middle Amana and later returned to the Delhi area. In 1961 they purchased their present farm, the Oak Grove Farm, where they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Besides farming, John also sold Steckly’s Seed Corn and life insurance for Farm Bureau. He was a member of Farm Bureau. He was a Farmall tractor enthusiast and enjoyed his Model T Ford and Chrysler Convertible. His grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Surviving besides his wife, Lela Sands are 5 sons; John (Lois) Sands, David (Sheryl Schnittjer) Sands, Bruce Sands, and Mark (Diane) Sands all of Delhi, Brian Sands of Dumont, and 1 daughter: Sharon (Chris) Robbins of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Angela Knipper, Amy Sands, Jennifer Scherbring, and Michael Sands, Jeremy and Justin Sands, Brent, Jeffrey, and Natalie Sands, Brooklyn, Kaelyn, Dylan, Ashlyn, and Ryan Sands, Caleb and Noah Robbins and 8 great-grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Ed and Vernon.
Special thanks to Above and Beyond, Mary Hershberger, Kay Nading, Arnold and Sandy Bockenstedt and the Delhi Fire Department & First Responders.
Memorials may be directed to John Sands Memorial Fund.
Please sign the online guestbook for John at www.murdochfuneralhome.com<http://www.murdochfuneralhome.com> under obituaries.
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