Pen City Current obituary – Daniel J. Sanders, 77, formerly of Fort Madison

Daniel J. “Dan” Sanders, 77, of East Dubuque, IL, died Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

Daniel J. “Dan” Sanders, 77, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 11:24 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA after a seven month battle with esophageal cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 28, 2021 at St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Daniel Knepper officiating.  Burial services for family only will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the Iowa National Guard.  The funeral will be live-streamed on THE MILLER FUNERAL HOME GROUP facebook page.

A celebration of Dan’s life will be from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, and from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the Church.

Dan was born on December 3, 1943 at Fort Madison, IA, the son of Leo J. and Otilda Z. (Breitbarth) Sanders.  He was a 1962 graduate of West Grant High School, Patch Grove, WI.

He served in the Army National Guard, and retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 2001. Dan was a member of UAW Local # 94. Dan loved collecting Potosi memoriabilia, antiquing, coin collecting and visiting the Potosi Brewery. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and always outstanding in his field.

Dan married Florence “Tina” Ames on April 4, 1987 in Dubuque.

Surviving is his wife Florence “Tina” of Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque; former wife Linda Cook and their three children, Heidi (Rob) Lenaerts of Osage Beach, MO, Christopher Sanders of Dubuque, and Theresa “Tessa” Sanders of Dickeyville, WI; three grandchildren, Ashlyne, Sidney and Kameron; two brothers, Mike (Nancy) Sanders of Houghton, IA and Ronald Sanders of Mt. Hope, WI; sister-in-law Joan Sanders of East Dubuque; four step-children, Cris Winkler of Cuba City, WI, Dan (Mysol) Ames of Middleton, WI, Todd Ames of Charlotte, NC, and Lisa (J.T.) Moore of Catoosa, Oklahoma; 11 Step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Otilda, a brother James Sanders and a sister-in-law Betty Sanders.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, a Daniel J. Sanders memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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