George Sandell, Jr. was born November 28, 1930 in Tulare, South Dakota to George, Sr. and Julia Sandell. He was welcomed home by his sister Florence and brother John. The family moved to Caldwell in 1932. George and his family were blessed with three more brothers Charles, Sonnie, and Jimmy. George and his siblings attended school in Caldwell. George completed thru the 8th grade.
George served in the United States Army from 1949 to 1956. He served active military duty and also in the reserves.
In 1949, George met Louise Phillippi in Wellington, KS. George always said it was “love at first sight”. They were married May 1st, 1950. To this union was born their only child, a daughter, Sannie Lou Sandell, June 7, 1959. The family lived in Wellington, KS until 1970 when they moved to Caldwell, KS. George was a deacon at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wellington, KS for several years.
George was a hard worker. Throughout the years he worked for the City of Wellington, Welco, and was a self-employed carpenter for many years. In his later years he worked part-time at Wal-Mart to keep himself busy. George was always busy working on a project at home whether it be on a vehicle or home improvement.
George attended Valley Hope and became sober in 1979. He remained sober for the rest of his life. He also formed an Alcoholics Anonymous group in Caldwell that he facilitated for many years. George was proud of his sobriety and helped many people over the years in their struggle to become sober.
George enjoyed watching his nephew, niece, and grandchildren play sports. He always took part in supporting them and watching all of their sporting events. George and his wife Louise traveled many miles to watch sporting events over the years. He was very proud of his grandson Levi’s service in the US Army.
In his later years he cared for his wife, Louise, during her illnesses until they were parted in death June 14th, 2002.
George died Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at Salina, Kansas at the age of 79 years, 2 months and 5 days.
George is survived by his brother Jimmy and wife Peggy Sandell, his daughter Sannie and husband Bruce, his grandchildren Melissa and husband Craig, Levi and wife Mellisa, Matt and wife Jenna; great-grandchildren Tatum, Alexys, Taylor, and Tabitha, many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2010 at the Schaeffer Mortuary Chapel, Caldwell.
Interment will be in the Caldwell City Cemetery, Caldwell, Kansas.
Memorials may be given in George's name to the Caldwell High School Alumni Association.