David Wayne "Dave" Sanders, 69, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Dec. 4, 2019 at his home in Boone County surrounded by his loving family.

Born Dec. 3, 1950 in Indianapolis, he was the son of the late Carl E. and Peggy L. (Strough) Sanders.

He was a soldier in the United States Army, proudly serving his country during the Vietnam War. Shortly after returning home from the war, he married the love of his life, Ginger Fisher, on Nov. 11, 1972. They would spend the next 47 years by each other's side, raising their five children and creating a lifetime of memories.

A lifelong resident of Boone County, Mr. Sanders attended Zionsville High School. He was a painter by trade and was the owner Sanders Painting for more than 40 years. He was a true outdoorsman. He loved hunting and was passionate about raising his hunting dogs. He and his dogs received numerous awards through the years. Mr. Sanders also enjoyed farming. If he wasn't painting or out in the woods, you could most likely find him either working on his tractor or out in the garden with one of the grandkids in tow.

He never met a stranger. He made new friends everywhere he went. He always had a new joke to share and had a natural talent for making people laugh. Mr. Sanders was a 50-year member of the Whitestown American Legion Post 410. There was nothing more important in his life than his family, especially when it came to his grandchildren; they were his pride and joy. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing and loving him.

Survivors include his loving wife, Ginger (Fisher) Sanders of Zionsville; four sons, Trace W. Fisher of Zionsville, John C. Sanders of Zionsville, Andrew M. Sanders of Indianapolis and Brandon K. (Kari) Sanders of Noblesville; his daughter, Amanda K. (Donald) Neal of Indianapolis; eightgrandchildren, Sarah Fisher, Liam Wiseman, Charles Wiseman, Lillian Neal, Lola Sanders, Elston Sanders, Ophelia Sanders and Juniper Sanders; one great-grandchild, Lincoln Bell; three brothers, Dennis (Debbie) Sanders of Zionsville, Forrest Sanders of Zionsville and Gary (Lee Ann) Sanders of Lebanon; and way too many nieces and nephews to mention.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Karlina Sanders and Maryann Wagoner.

Services with Military Honors are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Burial will follow at Little Eagle Creek Cemetery in rural Westfield. Pastor George Cooper will be officiating. Family and friends may pay their respects from4p.m.to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at Kercheval Funeral Home in Sheridan.