David lived in Majestic until he entered the U.S. Air Force in 1952, obtained the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, and retired after 21 years with service in the Vietnam War. He was awarded over 15 medals for his service in the military, including the Bronze Star medal.
Mr. Sanson was later employed at Meyer Olds-GMC and White Motor Corporation and retired as a general manager-civil service of the U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command. He received his bachelor’s degree from McKendree University and worked on his MBA at Southern Illinois University.
Dave married Marcia Schmidt, and together they have five children, 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. As a family, they were lifelong members of St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Dave served on the Diocesan School Committee, acted as treasurer of the Althoff Fathers and Friends Bingo Club, and was a committed leader of Boy Scouts for four decades. He was the recipient of the Pelican and St. George Catholic religious awards, the Catholic Diocesan Hall of Honor award, and numerous awards for his corporate employment.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Ethel, nee Blankenship, Sanson; a brother, Emerson “Bud” Sanson; two sisters, Gladys Bean and Rhoda Dotson; and in-laws, Andrew and Marie, nee Boyer, Schmidt.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Marcia Schmidt Sanson;
three daughters and two sons, Dr. Tracy Sanson and son-in-law, Dr. Kelly O’Keefe, of Tampa, FL,
Terry Trout of Atlanta, GA,
Gregory Sanson of Spokane, WA,
Cynthia Huschle and son-in-law, Vincent Huschle, of Tolland, CT,
and Marc Sanson of La Grande, OR;
10 grandchildren, Matthew Sanson, Garrett Sanson, Ryan (Ashley) Sanson,
Lauren Trout, Lindsey (Chris) Hughes,
Corrine Huschle, Brandon Huschle,
Connor O’Keefe, Kiernan O’Keefe, and Clare O’Keefe;
and three great-grandchildren, Ryley Sanson, August Hughes, and Nolan David Sanson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame or in the form of Masses at St. Peter’s Cathedral or St. Luke’s Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. A prayer service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:45 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2015, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Monsignor John Myler and Bishop Stanley Schlarman concelebrating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.
Deepest sympathy across the miles. He was a great uncle!
Kerry Kimbrell, Playa del Rey, CA, 90293
Terry, I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. My prayers are with you all. Peace, Allison
Allison King, Marietta, GA,
To the entire Sanson family, Susie and I wish to express our sincerest condolences on the passing of Dave. He had a gentle and warm way of always making us feel like family. For that we will be eternally grateful and will miss him. We will keep him and all of you in our prayers.
Bill & Susie Bracken, Tampa, Florida, 33548
You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories you have.
Roger Ricker, Knoxville, TN, 37919
A truly wondrous man who clearly blessed his family and friends. My deepest condolences on his departure and my joyous celebration of the love he gave and the love he shared and the sacrifices he made for our country and the beautiful children he still shares with all who are fortunate enough to call them our friends.
Priscilla Jessup, Atlanta, Georgia, 30348
You couldn’t ask for a better neighbor than Dave. Always there to give a helping hand if you needed it. A very kind and gentle man that I have always admired. He will be greatly missed.
David Holmes, Belleville, Illinois, 62221
So sorry for your loss.
Diane Senesac, Atlanta, GA, 30327
Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for you. The NARFE Service Center is located in the Civilian Personnel Office, building 50, 201 W Winter St, Scott AFB. You may visit the Service Center on Tuesdays, 10AM to 2PM or call 618-256-9350. You may leave a voice mail message at other times and we will return your call the following Tuesday. You may also call either of our Service Officers, Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819, for immediate assistance if required.
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap 1019, Mascoutah, Illinois, 62258
Marcia & Family:
Dave was a wonderful and pleasant man. The Arnold family has been privileged to know Dave and the Sanson family over many years.
Richard Arnold, Florissant, Missouri, 63034
Terry, I enjoy reading about this great American and leader of good people. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Mark Kelsey, Atlanta, Georgia, 30328
Tracy and Kelly, I was very sorry to hear of the death of your Father, Tracy. Words are very difficult but my thoughts are prayers are with you. It is wonderful to know that we have a faith that abides to get us through these times and make us rejoice that we live on the Easter side of life. May you find solace in knowing that others care for you. Greg
Gregory Gaar, Tampa, Florida, 33629
Our heartfelt condolences and love to Marcia and the entire Sanson family and extended family.
Janet Ashman and Sean O’Keefe, Kula, Hawaii, 96790
Terry & family, Condolences from all of the SVDP members in District 5, and personally from me. Our sympathy & prayers are flying to you & yours,
, Fayetteville, GA, 30215
Martha and family: I was very sorry to hear about your Husband’s passing. Prayers are being sent to you and your family. May the Lord be with you during this difficult time.I have not seen you in Church for a while. I know you through Kevin and Linda Endres . He is Helen Endres Son.
Nancy Smith Franke, Belleville, Ill., 62223