Wayne R. Sandee
Wayne R. Sandee, age 83, of Mankato, died on Monday, September 16, 2019 at his home surrounded by family.

Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at 11:00 a.m. at Crossview Covenant Church. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary and will continue one hour prior at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Wayne was born on November 28, 1935 to Walter and Mable (DeBruine) Sandee and grew up in Sheboygan County, WI. Wayne was united in marriage to Carol Dirkse on June 22, 1956. He served in the United States Army from 1958-1960. Wayne earned his Master's Degree from the University of Denver. He later developed the Social Work department at MSU, where he was a professor for 25 years. Wayne was very involved in community service. He was a charter member of the MN Valley Action Council, co-creator of the Mankato Area Coalition for Affordable Housing, founding member of PACT Ministries, and he helped start the ECHO Food Shelf. Wayne was a longtime member of Crossview Covenant Church. Wayne was an avid reader and enjoyed camping, biking, traveling to all 50 states, and spending time with family.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Carol; four daughters, Lynn (Brad) Ruhl, Cheryl (Edward) Blackford, Debra (Kevin) Herman, and Carla (Alan) Olson; nine grandchildren, Jessica (Jakob) Ondrey, Sarah (Craig) Nelson, Jacob, Erin, and Hope Blackford, Kayla Herman (fiancé, Siena Nassiri), Jamie Herman, Derek and Logan Olson; five great-grandchildren, Calvin, Rhys, and Poppy Ondrey, and Jack and Harper Nelson; sister, Delores Bruggink; sister-in-law, Marilyn Sandee; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, LeRoy and Roger; and sisters, Marion Tenpas and Dorothy Plopper.

The family would like to thank the Mayo Hospice Team for the wonderful care they provided.

Memorials are preferred to the Andreas Cancer Center, PACT Ministries, or the MSU Wayne and Carol Sandee Social Work Scholarship.
Published on September 19, 2019


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Sep 24, 2019
Peaceful White Lilies Basket was purchased for the family of Wayne R. Sandee.  Send flowers
Henry Hamilton and family
Sep 24, 2019
Sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and saying prayers for your family.
Katherine Laven
Sep 23, 2019
Blooming Garden Basket was purchased for the family of Wayne R. Sandee by Katherine Laven.  Send flowers
Sandra DeMaster
Sep 22, 2019
Though not privileged to have close personal contact with Uncle Wayne for much of my life I am grateful for his example of Christian faithfulness and compassion for all people. May you know peace and comfort in your memories of this man who loved and served from that deep well of faith.
Sharyl Van't Hul
Sep 20, 2019
Wayne was a bus driver & volunteer for Pathstone Adult Day Service for many years. He was so patient, kind and respectful of all of the Clients and staff. His soft, gentle demeanor was a true blessing to everyone who knew him. He came to ADS at least one time a week to walk with a Client ~~"we both need the exercise" was his explanation for his dedication to this Client. His warm smile made our day ! Thank you to his family for sharing him with us ~ it was our honor to know him.
Sharyl Van't Hul
Former Director of Adult Day Service