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Donald L. Sandefur

October 4, 1944 – June 14, 2017


Donald L. Sandefur, age 72, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, at ProMedica Monroe Skilled Nursing and Rehab.Standefur


Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. until services at 6 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2017 at Rupp Funeral Home; Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate. In accordance with his wishes cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.


Born October 4, 1944, he was the son of the late Dock and Ora Ruth (Stanifer) Sandefur. Don played football while attending Jefferson High School and graduated with the class of 1963. Donald married his loving wife of 39 years, Reba J. Young, on September 23, 1978, at Faith Baptist Church in Monroe.  For forty years he worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for France Stone Company, retiring in 2001.  Don  liked talking on his CB radio, going by the call sign “Baby Bear.” He enjoyed deer hunting in Oscoda, Michigan and fishing on the AuSable and Manistee rivers. Don was a muscle car enthusiast and enjoyed working with his brother restoring their 1965 Plymouth Belvedere.


To cherish his memory, Don leaves his wife Reba; four children; Richard (Julie) Cline, Christine (nee Cline) Bryant and Brian (Paula) Sandefur, all of Monroe, and Rodney (Diane) Cline of Chesterfield, Michigan; two brothers, Glenn (Loretta) and  Lloyd Sandefur; one sister, Laurie (Ike) Hall; ten grandchildren: Andrew (Tara) Cline, Derek Cline, Matthew (Jenny) Cline, Corrina (Jordan) Ord, Katie Cline, Cody Cline, Joseph Martinez, Katlin Martinez, Maggie Sandefur and Dalton Bryant; and eight great-grandchildren.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Nora Sandefur and one brother, Clifton Sandefur.


Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.


8 Responses to Donald L. Sandefur

  • Mary Lou Bradley says:

    Brian, Paula and Maggie I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Shirley Gibson says:

    Brian,Paula,Maggie,so sorry for your loss . I just got out of the hospital so I am not sure I can come to the funeral,but I will be praying for you .

  • Brian Sandefur says:

    Love you dad!! Will miss you so much

  • Rodney Cline says:

    As I woke this morning on this Father’s Day I realized I’ll never be able to tell my dad I love him, I miss him, or be able to just sit and chat with him about the little things in life. But what I will be able to do is to remember what a great dad he was and how he loved his family and did everything he could to care and protect us. He was the greatest dad one could ask for. I love you and I miss you dearly!

  • Brian Sandefur says:

    Happy Father’s Day dad. I can’t tell you how much it hurts that I can’t say it to you. I miss you so much and I can’t believe you are gone. I will always miss you and will always be thinking of you.

  • Matt Moceri and Jamie Cange says:

    We are very sorry for the loss of Mr. Sandefur. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers we love you!

  • CAROLYN BALL says:

    He had the best sense of humor and such a sweet teddy bear. He was a bright light in this world. He will be missed by many. May God Bless and Keep You. My love and prayers to you all. Love you Donald Lee, so thankful I was blessed to have you in my life.

  • Chris and Jen Smirnes says:

    We are soooo sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know. -OTG

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