Kenneth Sanderson

Kenneth Sanderson

Friday, July 5th, 2019
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APPLETON………………….Kenneth William Sanderson, 59, of Appleton, died on Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Sussman House in Rockport. Born in Watertown, New York, on January 7, 1960, he was the son of Franklin James and Elvira (DeNardo) Sanderson.
Following high school, Ken attended school to be an auto mechanic in Syracuse, NY, and later received a Certificate in Computer Networking from Frederick Community College in Frederick, MD
For many years, he worked at various auto dealerships as a lead technician; seven years with Sanderson Contracting; three years as project manager with Sierra Design; retired after five years from the U.S. Navy at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, in the Hydro Mechanics Department, where he assisted with testing of ship and submarine models.
Kenny’s first love was the guitar among many other instruments plus performing lead vocals. He was in multiple bands and also had a solo acoustic act that took him all over the Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania area. He loved working with music electronics and often ran sound and lighting for other music acts as well. He was an avid fisherman, which he thoroughly enjoyed in upstate NY, Maryland and Maine. Ken also loved trains, cooking, camping, computers and many woodworking and construction projects including turning a one car garage into a fully equipped music and recording studio.
On June 5th, 1993, he married Elizabeth Gilley in Middletown, Maryland. In 2015, Ken and Beth moved from Boonsboro, Maryland to Appleton.
Surviving is his wife, Elizabeth Sanderson of Appleton; four children, Jessica L. Sanderson, Janice C. O’Donnell (Ryan), Nicholas G. Sanderson, and Skye T. Sanderson; one brother, Frank (Mary) Sanderson of Kill Devil Hills, NC; four sisters, Rita (Neal) Petry of Virginia Beach, VA, Carol (Andy) Samul of Marathon, FL, Cindy (Stuart) Blacklaw of Crescent, PA, Michelle (Mark) Nitschke of Clayton, NY; four grandchildren, Dominique Shipley, Elvira Shipley, Riley O’Donnell, Addyson O’Donnell; father-in-law, Roy Gilley and his wife, Janis; mother-in-law, Lynn Gilley; sister-in-law, Amy Gilley; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held 5-7 PM, Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain Street, Camden. A funeral service will be held at 1PM, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at the First Congregational Church UCC, 55 Elm Street, Camden, with the Rev. Dr. Ute Mollitor officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Camden. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospitals or the Sussman House, c/o Maine Health Foundation, 22 White Street, Rockland, ME 04841. Condolences may be shared with the family at
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Long Funeral Home
    9 Mountain Street
    CAMDEN, ME 04843
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  • Service

    Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 1:00pm
    First Congregational Church
    55 Elm Street
    CAMDEN, ME 04843
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Kristen Redman

Posted at 12:31pm
I want to wish all the Sanderson's my heartfelt condolences. I have met Ken quite a few times, and he was always friendly and happy. REST IN PEACE KEN... MAY YOU PLAY YOUR MUSIC FOR THE ANGELS!

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Posted at 10:51am
Janice and family, with deepest sympathy Love, Michelle, Trisha and Joelle Chaney Homes
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Barbara Thayer

Posted at 04:23am
I had an opportunity to see Kenny play live, once. (Unfortunately, only once.) I enjoyed it greatly and still think of it when I hear some of the songs he played. Sending my deepest condolences and love. Will be with you in spirit as you honor Kenny this week.


Laura Frazier

Posted at 06:57pm
Thinking of you Beth and the entire family as you celebrate a life well spent. Restful peace for your guardian angel. Love, Laura & the Frazier Fam
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Dan Shanahan

Posted at 01:54pm
Sincere condolences to your family and friends from across the miles and through the years. We all love you and will miss you. Dan, Rox and Karen NC.
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