February 17, 1939 - July 7, 2014


Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Westwood Community Church in St. Cloud for Robert “Bob” C. Sanford, age 75, of St. Cloud who died Monday at his residence in St. Cloud. Pastor Steve Schoepf will officiate and burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Westwood Community Church in St. Cloud and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church in St. Cloud. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud.

Bob was born on February 17, 1939 in Park Rapids to Chester and Mathilda (Knaack) Sanford. He married Kathleen Kirchberg on August 29, 1997. Bob proudly served his country in the United States Army for over 20 years until his retirement in 1976. He also worked as an irrigation contractor; owning and operating his own business. He was a member of Westwood Community Church and the Waite Park Legion Post #428. Bob loved golfing, fishing, hunting, traveling and camping. He often could be found in the hobby shops around town with his good friend Doug, as it was said to be his second home. When Bob wasn’t in the hobby shops he could be found modeling RC planes and driving his cherished classic red Ford Ranchero with white dice hanging on the rearview mirror. Bob loved spending time with his family; especially supporting his grandchildren in their sporting events and he will be dearly missed.

Bob is survived by his children, Bob (Sharyl) Sanford of Menhaga, Trish (Scott) Peterson of Fargo, ND, Brian (Cynthia) Kirchberg of Bradenton, FL, Julie (Chris) Laxson of Frederick, CO, Jillian (Drew Langston) Kirchberg of Inver Grove Heights; siblings, Don (Jan) Sanford of Phoenix, AZ, Carol (Larry) Crose of Hitterdahl, Sharon Williams of Batesville, AK, Maureen “Reenie” Hensel of Park Rapids; 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Kathleen; siblings, Betty, Dorothy and George.

Memorials are preferred to The Wounded Warriors Project or the American Cancer Society.