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Obituary: David K. Sandhage, Jennings County

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David K. Sandhage, 59, of rural Jennings County, Indiana, passed away at the University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday, May 19, 2014, after a tragic fall at his farm. David was born June 16, 1954, in Seymour, the son of Edward C. and Gertrude A. Surenkamp Sandhage. He was married to Cathy J. Bode on May 14, 1977, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Seymour.

He graduated from Seymour High School in 1972 and from Indiana University in 1977 with a B.S. in Education. David received his certification in Special Education from Eastern Kentucky University.

David spent his entire career as an educator, having taught at Jennings County Middle School for 11 years, and was currently a special education resource teacher at Trinity Lutheran High School. Upon returning to Indiana in 1999, he purchased his grandparents’ farm, which has been in the Sandhage family for over 100 years and has been designated a Hoosier Homestead Farm.

Mr. Sandhage was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he served his congregation as a member of Stephen’s Ministry, Missions Board and Evangelism Board. He also was a past member of the Gideon’s Bible Society and a board member for the Pregnancy Care Center. During his time at Trinity Lutheran High School, David was the faculty advisor for the National Honor Society, advisor to the Mock Trial team and led a Missions trip to Nicaragua in 2012. He was an Eagle Scout, photographer, and beekeeper, enjoyed making maple syrup and loved his woodland walks with his dogs.

David is survived by Cathy, his wife of 37 years; a daughter, Diana Moser; grandsons, Tanner and Ty Moser; a brother, Douglas (Marianne) Sandhage; and a sister, Kay (Dan) Lueken. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Jean Bode; brothers-in-law, Anthony (Ginger) Bode, James (Carlla) Bode, and Mark (Patricia) Bode; and sisters-in-law, Beth (Michael) Elsner and Marsha (Frank) Beach.

His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, where the Revs. Ralph Blomenberg, Philip Bloch, and James Rodriguez and Vicar Mark Huff will officiate. Visitation will be at Burkholder Funeral Chapel Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 1 p.m. until service time at the church.

Burial will take place at St. John’s White Creek Lutheran Cemetery after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran High School, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Immanuel Lutheran School, St. Ambrose Catholic School and St. John’s Lutheran School, White Creek.

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Arrangements were made by Burkholder Funeral Chapel, 419 N. Chestnut St., Seymour, IN 47274.

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