Orval Roger Sanford, age 74 of Prescott, passed away February 14, 2018 at United Hospital in St. Paul, surrounded by his loving family. Roger was born April 24, 1943 in Maiden Rock, WI to Charles and Francis (Peterson) Sanford. He graduated from Prescott High School. Roger proudly served his country in the United States Army. Roger was united in marriage to Judy M. Wright on February 19, 1966 in Hastings, MN. Their marriage was blessed with a daughter, Tammy; and three sons, Chuck, Bob and Bill. Roger worked as a Production Operator for 3M for over 40 years. He served for 15 years as a firefighter for the Prescott Fire Department.
A true outdoorsman, Roger appreciated the peacefulness of fishing, deer hunting, camping, and being with his family at their cabin. Most important to Roger was his family. He was a great example to his children, and provided a memory rich childhood to them. He was a dedicated husband, a loving father, and a cherished grandfather. Roger loved his family well, and treasured every minute he had with his grandchildren. He adored his special companion, his dog, Snickers, who was always by his side. Being a sports lover and a true Wisconsinite, Roger was a devoted Green Bay Packers, Badgers, and Brewers fan. He always looked forward to watching his grandchildren competing in their favorite sports, and especially enjoyed wrestling. Roger had a gracious heart, opening his home to others, and providing a helping hand to anyone who needed. His great sense of humor was sure to bring a smile to those around him.
Roger will remain in the hearts of his loving wife of almost 52 years, Judy; daughter, Tammy (Joe) Rose of Baldwin; sons, Chuck (Erin) Sanford of Prescott, Bob (Sandra) Sanford of Duluth, and Bill (Stacy) Sanford of Prescott; grandchildren: Zachary Sanford, Jordon Sanford, Jacob Sanford, Brittany Sanford, Justin Rose, Ty Sanford, Delaney Sanford, Rylie Sanford, Payton Sanford, and Brayden Sanford; sister-at-heart, Linda Groom of New Richmond; along with many nieces and nephews. Roger was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gerald Sanford.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place 2:00 – 4:00 PM Sunday, February 18, 2018 at the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home, 1339 Orrin Rd., Prescott, with a Memorial Service at 4:00 PM. Military honors provided by the Prescott American Legion, will immediately follow the service. Roger’s grandchildren, whom he adored, will be honorary urn bearers.