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Roland Sanderson

Roland E.  “Rollie” Sanderson, age 83, of Huron, died June 5, 2011, in his home.  He died in the care of HRMC Hospice, his children, and Leila Champ his partner and best friend. His memorial service was at 10:30 AM, Thursday, June 9th, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Donald Crippen officiating. 

Rollie was born July 3, 1927, to Frank and Rosalie (Marchand) Sanderson in Huron.  He loved learning, graduating from Huron High School in 1945.  As a high school student, when his father disallowed purchase of a motorcycle out of concern for his son’s well-being, Rollie bought his first airplane and taught himself to fly.

Upon graduation from HHS, Rollie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged August 24, 1946.  He entered the School of Mines to study engineering, ultimately graduating in 1952 with a Bachelors Degree in business from the University of South Dakota.  After graduation, Rollie  began a colorful and dynamic career in investing and   finance, food service, sales, farming and entrepreneurship.  His desire for adventure and learning propelled him to traverse six continents and explore multiple careers over his lifetime.

Rollie raised seven children in Huron with Jane (Nielsen) Sanderson, his former wife.  He worked for Pillsbury Company for eight years living and working in Minnesota and South Dakota.  In 1963, following the death of his father, he returned with his family to Huron to take over Frank’s Hamburger Shop.

His ideas for operating simple food concepts led him to develop and own several small businesses, including Frank’s Hamburger Shops and The Prime Time Tavern in Huron.  He took pleasure in the fact that all of his children graduated from college and that his sixteen grandchildren continued that trend.  He loved flying, food, business, and learning.  He   traveled  widely, visiting more than 80 countries.  For eight decades he explored people, places, and ideas; inviting spirited conversation with old and new friends along the way.

Rollie’s life was one of uncompromised courage, conviction, optimism, and adventure.  He will be missed. Rollie leaves behind his special friend and companion Leila Champ of Huron;  his children, Jim (Jean) Sanderson of Minnetonka, Minnesota, Carol Sanderson (John Fremstad) of Astoria, Oregon, Jeanne (Jim) Drake of Winner, Richard Sanderson of Leadville, Colorado, Rod (Lisa) Sanderson of Sioux Falls, Gail Kelly of Golden Valley, Minnesota, and Diane (Todd) Friese of Sioux Falls.  He also leaves  behind sixteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to acknowledge all his lifelong friends who enriched his life and shared in his journey. He would be the first to tell you he had a great life!

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