Albert B. Sands, age 77, of Westerville, Ohio went home to be with the Lord on November 25, 2012. He retired as a Lt. Col. from the U.S. Army and Ohio National Guard with over 30 years of service and from the State of Ohio as an Emergency Management Planner, but his greatest joy was being Pappaw to his 6 grandchildren. He was a member of Westerville Christian Church, Masonic Lodge in Malta, OH, Scottish Rite in Akron, OH and former volunteer at Bethesda Hospital, Zanesville, OH. Al was an avid golfer and especially enjoyed golfing with his grandsons, his brothers, and his Senoir League friends. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Alice; daughters, Sandra (Mark) Green, Renee Matthewson and Susan (Charlie) Kubelik; grandchildren, Kyle and Kevin Matthewson, Aimee and Tyler Green, Emma and Jonathan Kubelik; brothers, Robert (Dee) Sands and Ronald (Mary Jo) Sands; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents, Donald and Mildred Sands; sisters, Elizabeth Pettet, Bonnie Sands and Wanda McKown. Family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2012 at MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 East Schrock Road, Westerville, OH. followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m., Pastors Greg Bondurant and Mark Stier, officiating. The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff of Riverside Methodist Hospital, with a special thank you to Lee Morgan, Kathy Grannan, RN and Suzanne Beers, RN, for your unwavering support, special care and friendship. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Westerville Christian Church Building Fund or Tway Oncology Research Fund, c/o Riverside Methodist Hospital, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215.
Pam Matthewson - Nov 30, 2012
My heart breaks for all of you.
Keven Clouse - Nov 29, 2012
I am seddened to hear of the passing of my friend and partner Al Sands. I always looked up to Al during our years together at Ohio EMA. He was always available to give me good advice in both my military and emergency management careers. He was always sharing great news and stories about his family with me. Even though I don’t believe we’ve met, I feel like I know you. I always looked up to him and am deeply sorry that we haven’t kept in closer contact. I know that Al was a just and upright man and Mason. He has inspired me to be the same as he was himself. I did not read where there is going to be a Masonic service for him Saturday? I know of several members of the Franklin County Memorial Lodge that could assist in rendering the service Al is due- it’s what they do. Please let me know if I can assist in any way. You are all close in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless- K. Clouse
Bob Thompson - Nov 29, 2012
I have such great memories of growing up with all of you. Your Dad was always one of my favorite guys. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Mike Cook - Nov 28, 2012
LTC Sands was a great person, soldier and a friend. May he rest in peace and my heartfelt condolences to his family.
Bob Bruce - Nov 28, 2012
Alice and Family, I worked with and knew Bert and Ron since the 60’s on Nike sites and at the AG’s Department. Many fond memories. May you find comfort in knowing his was a life well lived. My deepest sympathies.
Steve Abel - Nov 27, 2012
Sorry about your Loss !
I went thru school with Mary Jo !
The last time I saw her was at our 25th Class Reunion !
Ralph E. Asel (Nike Assoc) - Nov 27, 2012
On Behalf of the Nike Association, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Sands Family – He will greatly missed by his many friends and comrades of past years….
Neil & Luann McKown - Nov 27, 2012
Bert’s dad used to say he would be late to his own funeral, but we know this isn’t true today. He is with the Saints in Glory preparing for us a place with him. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dee Dee Long - Nov 27, 2012
He will be sorely missed. Your family will all remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Judy Hinten - Nov 26, 2012
My prayers are with you all. May God comfort you in a very difficult time.