Reed Sterling Sander

December 19, 2018

Reed Sterling Sander

Aug. 8 1948-Dec. 15, 2018

Reed Sterling Sander, 70 years, 4 months and 7 days, formerly of Columbus, passed away Dec. 15, 2018, in Lincoln.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at St. John Lutheran Church, 919 N. Columbia Ave. in Seward, with the Rev. Larry Oetting officiating. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Volzke Funeral Home, with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m. Casketbearers will be Aaron Sander, Mark Sander, Jered Siebler, Greg Sander, David Germeroth, Scott Saalfeld, Kevin Saalfeld, and Todd Sander. A private inurnment will be held at the Seward Cemetery. Memorials may be made in care of the Sander family for future designation, or donor’s choice.

Reed Sterling Sander was born on Aug. 8, 1948, to Harlen and Dolores (Saalfeld) Sander in Columbus. He attended elementary school at Christ Lutheran School in Columbus. He then attended Concordia High School in Seward, graduating in 1966. Following high school, he attended Concordia Teachers College in Seward, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He also received a Master of Science in Education Administration and a Certificate of Advance Study from State University of New York in Brockport, New York.

On July 17, 1971, Reed was united in marriage to Sharolyn May Schomburg at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Latimer, Iowa. Reed worked as a teacher-administrator for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He served at many different schools, including St. John Lutheran School in Hamlin, New York from 1970-77; Zion Lutheran School in Kearney from 1977-82; Trinity Lutheran School in Fremont from 1982-89; Trinity Lutheran School in Roselle, Illinois from 1989-2002; Northern Illinois District, Education Exec. from 2002-13; Concordia Academy in Omaha from 2013-15. Reed served the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod for 45 years, retiring in 2015. He served on many local, district and synodical boards and committees. Trinity, Roselle, received the Blue Ribbon School Award under his leadership, and he was named a National Distinguished Principal in 1994.

Reed is survived by his wife, Sharolyn Sander of Lincoln; son, Ty Sander of St. Charles, Missouri; daughter, Shanna (Jamie) Opfer of Seward; grandchildren, Brooklynn Sander, Lillian Sander, Korbin Opfer, Addison Opfer and Trevin Opfer.

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