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Ernie Sandbach, 81, of North Kansas City passed away peacefully at home February 17, 2016 after a long battle with respiratory disease.
Ernie was born to Annie Rogers Sandbach and George Sandbach on September 2, 1934 in Slater, MO. He graduated from Slater High School and had a lifelong career in the steel industry with Butler Manufacturing, Ryerson Steel and Castle Metals. Ernie was married to Joan Bartlett in 1954 and they welcomed their only child Sabrina Sandbach a few years later. Ernie volunteered in Big Brothers of America and was very proud of his “Little Brother” John Graves.
In his spare time, Ernie enjoyed float trips on many rivers in the United States, especially the Rio Grande, and appreciated the great outdoors. Ernie was a well-read, bright man who seemed to know everything! He was a dear friend to all who knew him and was a very proud father, grandfather and “Big Brother.”
Ernie is survived by his loving wife of 12 years, Mary Lee Sandbach, his daughter Sabrina Sandbach (Mike McKeever), step-sons Michael Freeman (Terri) and David Freeman (Geraldine), and step-daughter Michele Nelson (Barry). He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his 12 grandchildren: Ernest Clinton McKeever (Amanda), William Kelly McKeever, Mike Freeman, Jr., Matthew Freeman, Maggie Freeman, Derek Nelson, Ashley Nelson, Jeremy Freeman, Johanna Freeman, Jordan Freeman, Jessie Freeman, and Shayna Freeman and his two great-grandsons Asher McKeever and Parker McKeever. Ernie was thankful for his dear friends: Bill Caldwell, Toni Madeira and Billy Meynier, Lorin Jurvis, Gil and Di Watson and all of his Gardens of Northgate Village friends who were like family to him (he loved being a member of the “Round Table”).
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Jo Sandbach, his sisters Eleanor Chapman and Gladys Hundley, and brother William O. “Bill” Sandbach.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 10:30 am at the Gardens of Northgate Third Floor Community Room (3000 Swift Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64116). The family will greet friends at 10:00 am with the service starting at 10:30 am followed by a Celebration of Life and luncheon.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ernie’s memory to the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Downtown – Capital Campaign (1508 Grand Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64108).