Ray Arnold Sanders, age 95, passed away at UPMC Hamot on Saturday, May 21, 2022, after a period of declining health due to coronary heart disease. Born on March 8, 1927, in Erie Ray was the son of the late Frederick and Hazel Johnson Sanders.  He was a World War II veteran serving with the US Army from November 1945 to June 1947. On February 11, 1947, he married Ilse E. Knopp from Marchegg, Austria and resided in Washington Township.  As a man who held deep convictions of integrity, loyalty and respect, Ray dedicated himself to his wife and family and consistently provided them a loving environment. He was a diligent worker of unlimited strength and determination. While working as a masonry contractor constructing hundreds of building foundations, he was simultaneously employed as a foundry manager at Teledyne Penn-Union in Edinboro for over forty years. He provided over twenty-six years of dedicated service to Washington Township as former councilman and mayor and was the former president of the Erie County Association of Township Officials. Ray was a lifetime member of the Masonic Oasis Lodge #416, honorary lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, Post 381, member of St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Drakes Mills, and former member of the Erie County Shrine Club—Zem Zem Shrine and the Elks club in Meadville. He enjoyed dancing with his cherished late wife, Ilse, playing cards and bingo, landscaping and gardening, country music, and riding his motorcycle.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of sixty-four years, Ilse E. Sanders; son, Randy Sanders; and grandson, Kurt Sanders.

Survivors include daughter, Renee; son, Stephen and his wife, Teressa; three grandsons: Tyler and Ryan Sanders, and Logan Ackelson; two granddaughters, Wendy Bentley [Alex], and Carole Ackelson; great granddaughter, Alyssa all of Edinboro; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to a committal service with military honors at 11 am on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, to be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Drakes Mills.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25812 Mount Pleasant Road, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403.