Funeral services for Ronald Sandbach, 75, of Memphis, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at E.M. Coots’ Sons Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, with entombment in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park, New Albany. He left this life on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.
Born Sept. 18, 1937 to Edrie and Elmer Sandbach, he was a lifelong farmer, teacher, and entrepreneur. He left just after the crops were in, and, we trust, after he’d taught his children and grandchildren, students and friends all that he wanted them to know.
In a recent interview with Floyd Memorial Hospital’s Health Scope magazine, he said, “The best I can say is that you get out of life what you put into it.” Whether it was through his family farm, his businesses, racing cars, his relationship with students, or his passion for new experiences, flavors and travel, he always put everything he had – energy, intellect, and enthusiasm – into the effort. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami of Ohio, a master’s in Education from Indiana University, and an additional 40 hours in computer science education from Northwest Missouri State. He loved music and played several instruments. While teaching in Hamilton, Ohio, he sang with the Cincinnati Orchestra.
With an insatiable desire to learn and a gift for teaching, he was the first middle school teacher in Indiana certified to teach computer science. He retired from Scottsburg Middle School in 1999. He and Lynne loved their winters in Arizona and Florida and giving their grandchildren guided tours in their Tracker. Even after beginning dialysis in 2009, he took advantage of and relished every minute of his “days off” to work and travel.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lynne Horton Sandbach; his children, Porsche Sandbach, Buddy Sandbach and Patty Avery and her husband, Dennis; his grandchildren, Aimee Sandbach, Sean White, David White, Aretha White and Bethany Schklar; and great-grandson, Austin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and by his daughter, Dida.
The family wishes to express its thanks to his cardiologist, Dr. Srini Manchi, the team at DaVita Dialysis, and the Wound Care Center team at Floyd Memorial Hospital whose efforts allowed him to walk again in the last three months of his life.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and after 11 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to support the work of preserving natural Hoosier lands through The Nature Conservancy, 620 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN, 46202.