Rick Sanders, 59, of Mitchell died Jan. 8, 2019, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Funeral services were Saturday at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell, which handled the funeral arrangements.
Rick Sanders was born Feb. 14, 1959, to Richard and Opal Sanders in Madelia. He was raised on a farm in Truman, where he developed a passion for agriculture and a love for the land. After graduating from Truman High School in 1977, he earned a degree in agriculture business from Pipestone Technical College in 1987. His childhood on the farm and later education eventually led Rick to a life in Mitchell, S.D., and a career in sales at C&B Operations (formerly Noteboom Implement). He will be remembered as a gifted storyteller and unofficial historian, thanks to his exceptional memory and love of family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors — pheasant hunting with his dog, Zela, as well as fishing and golfing. He took pride in his grandchildren, spending many hours playing trucks and tractors with them and later cheering them on at sporting events. He also taught them to hunt and to love adventures and the outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his children: Levi (Sara) Sanders of Brandon, S.D.; Crystal (Alan) Nutt of Monticello; and Ethan Sanders of St. Paul; five grandchildren; and three sisters: Nancy (Jerry) Firchau of Denton, Texas; Barbara Sanders of Indianola, Iowa; and Laurie (Steve) Holman of Sauk Centre.