Earl D. Sanders, 80, Durand, Illinois, died at 11:50 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. \r\r\n\r\r\n Born December 17, 1931 in Manila, Arkansas, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley and Maxine (Mitchell) Sanders. Married the former Betty Lou Pederson in Rockford, Illinois. He was employed by J.I. Case in Rockford, Illinois, A.M. Castle Steel Co in Loves Park, Illinois, then as a custodian for Durand School District. He loved gardening and spending time with his children and grandchildren. \r\r\n\r\r\n Survivors include sons Mike (Sandy) Bonebright, Rochelle, Illinois, Earl Sanders, Jr. and John Sanders, both of Durand, Illinois; grandchildren Michelle (Joe) Schultz, New Milford, Illinois, Brandy (Greg) Cathcart, Granite City, Illinois, Melissa (Jeff) Noble, Paw Paw, Illinois, Brittaney Bonebright, Rochelle, Illinois; great grandchildren Addyson and Rileigh Cathcart; brother Pete (Faye) Sanders, West Plains, Missouri; sisters Christine Powers, Ashton, Illinois, Ruth (Joe) Ethridge, Trenton, Tennessee and Bobbie Joe Prince, Louisiana and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Daniel, one grandson, three great grandsons and sister Hazel Peterson. \r\r\n\r\r\n Funeral Ceremonies will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 23, 2012 in Trinity Lutheran Church, 15585 Durand Road, Durand, Illinois with Reverend Keith Johnson, pastor of First Lutheran Church, Freeport, Illinois officiating. Burial will be in Durand Township Cemetery, Durand, Illinois. Visitation will be held at McCorkle Funeral Home, 101 Main Street, Durand, Illinois from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 22. \r\r\n\r\r\n A memorial will be established.