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William Sands

Highland |

William C. "Butch" Sands, age 71 of Highland, IL, died Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Highland, IL.

He was born on Sunday, November 18, 1951, in East Saint Louis, IL, the son of  William and Ruth (nee Spicer) Sands.

On Friday, May 10, 2019, he married Elizabeth Ann Sands nee Reed  at Edwardsville, IL, who survives.

He was a member of the Am Vet-Collinsville, Group Service Representative for AA.

Born in E. St. Louis, IL, at age 17 he served with the US Army from January 7, 1969, to December 23, 1971.  Later he joined the US Army Reserves.  After the service he worked for Metro East Industries, doing maintenance for Norfolk & Southern Railroad.  He retired after a stroke in 2008.  He had lived in Elsah, Granite City, and moved to Highland in November 2021. As a youth, he was a champion roller skater at Thunderbird Rink.  He enjoyed playing the guitar, live music, collecting model railroad pieces, astronomy (moon watching and the whole universe), and fishing. 

Survivors include:

Wife - Elizabeth A. "Beth" Sands, Highland, IL

Daughter - Heather (Paul) Klein, Mascoutah, IL

Son - William A. "Aaron" (Tina) Sands, Breese, IL

Son - Christopher S. "Chris" (Significant Other Maggie Daniels) Sands, Mascoutah, IL

Step Daughter - Courtney E. (Significant Other Cate Skiles) Halford, Edwardsville, IL

(Cate's Daughter-Natalie Hanlon)

Step Son - Cameron O. Germain, Granite City, IL

Grandchild - Meaghan (Dylan) Staten

Grandchild - Madalyne (Colton) Johnson

Grandchild - Taylor Daniels

Grandchild - Makayla Daniels

Grandchild - Jackson Daniels

Grandchild - Gavin Sands

Grandchild - Garrett Sands

Grandchild - Alison Sands

Great Grandchild - Due in  February.

He was preceded in death by:

Father - William Sands

Mother - Ruth Sands

Brother - Charles Morgan. 

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM on Friday, February 10, 2023, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL. 

Graveside Service will be at 12:30 PM on Friday, February 10, 2023, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO, 

The interment will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

Memorial contributions may be made to the 22 Project.


Obit Provided By:
Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home

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