Sheldon Sandager, 94, Hills, died Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Flowerfield Cemetery at Hills. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 18, with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills.
Sheldon Sandager was born March 31, 1924, to Nels and Clara (Skovgaard) Sandager in rural Hills. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Hills High School in 1942. Sheldon enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and received training in Naval Aviation. Following his service Sheldon returned home to farm with his brother Vic.
On July 6, 1947, he married Elnora Henke in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They made their home on the family farm in Hills where Sheldon continued to farm and Elnora worked as a nurse. Sheldon and Ellie did volunteer agricultural and nursing work in Ethiopia from 1965–1967. They returned to Africa from 1975-1976 where Sheldon worked for US AID in Tanzania, and in Ghana from 1981–1986. After retirement from active farming, Sheldon and Ellie lived in Herrick, South Dakota, and enjoyed “retirement ranching” for a few years before returning to the Hills homestead.
Sheldon was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, the Rock County Cattlemen’s Association, and the Hills and Herrick American Legions. He enjoyed farming, flying, traveling, family and friends.
Sheldon is survived by five children, Elizabeth Sandager of Sioux Falls, Robert “Charlie” (Dawn) Sandager of Hills, Eugene “Pucky” (Shirley) Sandager of Hills, Joyce “Jo” (Floyd) Wulf of Herrick, South Dakota, and Michael (Nancy) Sandager of Hills; 13 grandchildren, Sheldon (Des) Norton, Carolyn (Cody Gossen) Starzl, Tarah (Jake Jaspers) Huston, Andrew Norton, Katie (Justin) Arndt, Lucas Sandager, Aaron (Melissa) Sandager, Brittany (Dakota Steensma) Sandager, Brianna (Sam) Maleki, Becca (John) Goossens, Maleeka (Ethan) Rozeboom, Nick (Emily Lichtscheidl) Sandager, and Kelly (Jamie Gieseke) Sandager; 10 great-grandchildren, Connor and Rowen and Cullen Norton, Cate and Charley Starzl and Cole Gossen, Chloe and Jon Huston, Cassidy Arndt, and Sadia Rozeboom; a brother, Lee (Betty) Sandager; a sister Anita Johnson; a sister-in-law Bev Reinertson; friend Fraser Norton; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elnora; his parents; brothers Victor and Paul; and sisters Lenore Hansen, Leona Goehle, Marie Muckala and Beulah Sandager.
Arrangements are provided by Jurrens Funeral Home of Hills, www.jurrensfuneralhome.com.