Kelly Sanders

Date of Death: Aug 01, 2017
Kelly Sanders

1958 - 2017

Kelly Jon Sanders, 59, of Hancock, passed away on August 1, 2017 at home surrounded by family.

Kelly was born July 4, 1958 in Waupun, Wisconsin, the son of Roger and Audrey (Bell) Sanders. On May 21, 2004 he married Paulette in Ripon, WI. Kelly enjoyed hunting with family and friends, watching the Brewers, Packers, and various car races including NASCAR, midgets, sprint cars, and most recently legend cars. Kelly and his sons were in the process of restoring his ’86 Mustang and he was the pit crew chief for his grandson’s legend race car. He enjoyed boating and fishing with family and friends. Kelly was a jack of all trades and enjoyed working on home improvement projects. Closest to his heart was spending time with family and friends including the family dogs, Lilly and Lulu, and the cat, Comet. Kelly was a talented sportsman. He enjoyed trap shooting and sporting clays for many years at John Howard Gun Club in Waupun and Wescot Sportsman’s Club in Fond du Lac, earning top gun along with team awards and trophies. Kelly was employed by the Department of Corrections for 30 years. During his career, he worked at the Bunkhouse, John C. Burke Correctional Center, Waupun Correctional Institution, and Fox Lake Correctional Institution before retiring from Dodge Correctional Institution in 2013. In addition, Kelly owned and operated his heating and air conditioning business for many years. After retirement, Kelly spent a season driving truck for Heartland Farms in Hancock, Wis. Kelly also enjoyed working part-time at the Waushara Argus in Wautoma, Wis.

Kelly is survived by his wife, Paulette, and their blended family to include two sons: Jason (fiancé Jenni White) Sanders of Fond du Lac, Wis., and Corey (Missy) Sanders of Waupun, Wis.; two daughters: Steffanie Nally of Friendship, Wis., and Lisa (Todd) Raymond of Friendship, Wis.; eight grandchildren: Justin (special friend Kelsey Kitzman) of Waupun, Wis., Kaylee Sanders of Fond du Lac, Wis., Kaydrn Sanders of Fond du Lac, Wis., Brayden Sanders of Waupun, Wis., Ava Sanders of Fond du Lac, Wis., Audrey Sanders of Waupun, Wis., Makenzie White of Fond du Lac, Wis., and Jadyn White of Fond du Lac, Wis.; a brother, Randy (Debbie) Sanders of Richland Center, Wis.; a sister, Jaynee (Dennis) Hopp of Waupun, Wis.; along with countless other family and friends.

Kelly was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Jacquelyn Neuman; and a daughter-in -law, Sarah Marie Sanders.
Kelly, I love you with all my heart and soul. I will see you on the other side. Love Paulette


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Monday at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Kelly Sanders will be held Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Rev. David Bruess officiating.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to all of the wonderful doctors, nurses, and lab technicians at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis., Moundview Memorial Hospital in Adams, Wis., the Agnesian Cancer Center in Fond du Lac, Wis., and Richard Parish, PA of Fond du Lac Regional Clinic in Waupun, Wis. that helped us along Kelly’s journey.

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  1. Kerri Lalk Says: August 3, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    So sorry for your loss, sending prayers to the family and friends of Kelly. May the love of your family comfort you in the days ahead. Praying that the Lord will give you strength during this difficult time. Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. With love, The Lalk family (Steve & Kerri)(Kelsey’s sister).

  2. Tracy Kent (Johnson) Says: August 3, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Kelly at DCI. May you find peace and comfort in your memories.

  3. Audrey Krause Says: August 3, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Kelly will be remembered as a very kind, and considerate neighbor/friend.

  4. Pam Koerner Says: August 3, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    To Kelly’s family I send you my deepest sympathy and prayers to help you through this sad time. Kelly and I grew up together as neighbors since the 3rd grade and classmates graduating in 1976. So glad I got to see him last year at our class reunion and catch up. He was a very kind hearted person and always stopped to chat whenever I would see him all these years. He will be missed but always remembered for the wonderful person he was.

  5. Jerry & Cathy Porter Says: August 3, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Dear Paulette and family, There are no words to describe the hurt and pain you all are feeling. There are so many memories you all have that we hope will give you some peace. Kelly gave a lot of people joy just being around him and we are one of them. Thinking of all of you and sending hugs to help you through this.

  6. Randy Loomans Says: August 3, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Growing up as friends in the 1960’s and 70’s, Kelly and his big brother Randy lived on one side of McCune Park in Waupun, and I on the other. We had a great time…those were the days my friends, those were the days! This then, is a story of my earliest memories, when we first met.

    Kelly, being one year younger than his big brother, Randy and two years younger than me, had his hands full playing outside with the two of us “older” boys. But as I remember it, in no short order, Kelly not only found himself but found no fear in presenting himself to us!

    Kelly’s big brother and I, being older, bigger, faster and stronger, began to play as if akin to a couple of young wolf pups toying with an even younger wolf pup, the later being Kelly.

    On the Sanders’ front lawn, the three of us ran about, darting here, there and everywhere. Kelly was no match for our speed but no matter, he was all in!

    There were hours of laughing, shouting, screaming, hootin’ and hollerin’ but; Of course, as play grew rougher, Kelly’s growls grew gruffer. That’s when I learned Kelly was capable, not as akin to a wolf but rather, as akin to a bear! One false move and he’ll bowl you over! We laughed so much!!!

    I’ve always seen him that way. Strong, confident, capable, all-in despite the odds and of course…just a ton of fun!

    To all who knew and loved Kelly, I offer my deepest sympathies.

  7. Brian Schepp Says: August 4, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    To the Kelly Sanders family ,my deepest condolences and sympathy goes out to you all. We were friends since we were kids and I was proud to call him my friend. He fought a tough battle. Gone but certainly not forgotten. Peace be with you. You are in my prayers. Bear Schepp

  8. Tom Gozinske Says: August 4, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Paulette, my condolences to you and your family. Will be holding you in prayer during this chapter in your life.

  9. Kacy Neubauer Says: August 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

    So sorry to hear about Kelly, he’s a good strong man and will be missed dearly by many…

  10. Mary Kunasch Says: August 5, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Dearest Paulette and family. So very sorry for your loss. Kelly was so very special and I feel so fortunate to have known him through the Argus. Such a kind and gentle soul. He will be missed. God’s Peace.

  11. DEB MISCHLER Says: August 7, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    To Randy and the Sanders family, my sympathy to you in Kelly’s loss. A guy who always was willing to lend a helping hand. Memories will help to fill the emptiness in your hearts in time..

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