Stephen P. SandersIssue Date: July 19, 2018
Stephen (Steve) Paul Sanders, 65, of Fort Worth, Tx., passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018.
Born Aug. 21, 1952 in Fort Worth, Tx., to Kenneth and Ruby Joyce Sanders, he attended West Birdville Elementary School, Haltom Junior School, graduated from Brewer High School in 1970 and attended University of Texas at Arlington.
In 1984, he met Natha Marshall at Calvary Cathedral in Fort Worth and they later married in a Church ceremony. Together they had two children, Austin and Kristin and were married for 21 years until her death from breast cancer in 2005.
After her death, he was later introduced to Penelope Jaeger and they married in 2008. He worked at Enstrom Helicopter in Menominee, Mi. from 2004 until his medical retirement in 2015. Prior to that, he was employed by Heliodyne and General Dynamics, both in Fort Worth. With his technical skills, knowledge and interpersonal skills in management, he excelled in his work and rose in many positions.
After his illness, it was necessary for him to return to Texas to be near family, having to leave Penny in Marinette with her illness to be near her family.
With his love of Christian music, he worked with Mephibosheth, a Christian musical group, organized by Steve and his friends in the late 1970s. The group played concerts around Texas, but most importantly was work they did in Germany with the U.S. Army Chaplains Association, touring many bases there in the late 70s, entertaining the troops and holding evangelistic meetings at many locations near the bases.
Many of those soldiers were baptized into the Christian faith as a result of their efforts. After that they began a series of concerts and meetings at Calvary Cathedral in Fort Worth for four months, resulting in over 9,000 young people being baptized as Christians. That set a standard and record for the young church that guided its work in the future and many of those young people became ministers themselves and brought others to Christ. He would say his most important accomplishment was the work he did with Mephibosheth.
He loved tennis and golf, was a kind person, full of compassion and consideration for others, was a loving father, committed to his wife and children, was talented, a highly principled person and a great son and brother.
He is survived by his wife, Penny; two children, Austin and Kristin; his father, Kenneth R. Sanders and a brother, David.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Natha.
Visitation was held at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Home in Fort Worth, Tx. on Friday, July 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Saturday, July 14 at 11 a.m., followed by burial and a reception.
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