Arthur Sandner was born to George and Nellie Sandner on the family
farm between Stayton and Scio on January 27, 1914. He told many
stories of going to school at the Cole School and later Stayton
High School where he graduated in 1931.
Arthur married Angie Shamberger and they farmed and raised their
family south of Stayton. In
the 1940s Arthur also owned and operated a sawmill on his property
for several years. Fishing
and hunting, alone or with friends, were two of his favorite
leisure activities. In
the 1940's and 1950's Arthur served on the Board of Directors for
Santiam Farmers (now WILCO Farmer's) and Consumer's Power Electric
Company. He spent
time in Washington DC working to get electricity to the rural
residences in the Stayton Scio area.
Arthur was also involved in beginning the Kingston
Irrigation Company in 1962.
with these and other companies for the community good was a very
important part of his adult life.
He was a strong willed leader who enjoyed working with
people. Arthur was a
faithful follower of Jesus Christ and a member of Stayton Church
of Christ. He served as an elder there for many years.
He was an avid student of the Bible.
Arthur was sensitive to the physical and spiritual plight
of those with addictions. He
supported and ministered to them through the Union Gospel Mission
Arthur had a serious farming accident that left him with 7 broken
ribs and 5 broken vertebrae which changed how he farmed.
But he was always a farmer.
Since that time he enjoyed his vegetable gardens and
building bird condos. Arthur
loved people and did not know a stranger.
He had a remarkable memory and loved to share the stories
of his many adventures of life, including an afternoon of jet
skiing at age 80 and driving a snow machine at age 95.
This February he suffered a massive heart attack and
consequently died just 3 months after his wife of 72 years passed
away. Arthur was
preceded in death by his parents; wife, Angie; two brothers, Earl
and Delbert and one granddaughter.
He is survived by his children, Karen, Jim (wife Linda) and
Dan; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and many
nieces and nephews.
will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the
Stayton Christian Church. Interment
will be at Wisner Cemetery and a reception will follow back at the
would be honored if in lieu of flowers, donations were made to the
Union Gospel Mission at P.O. Box 431, Salem, OR 97308-0431
entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services
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