Robert Sandon, age 92, of Owatonna and formerly of Faribault died on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at the Homestead Hospice House of Owatonna.

Memorial services will be held at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Faribault on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Dennis R. Tamke, officiating. Interment will be in Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.

A memorial visitation will be held in the church for one hour prior to the services on Tuesday.

Robert C., the son of Robert C. and Olga (Hase) Sandon was born on May 8, 1918 in Mankato. He graduated from Rapidan High School and Mankato State University. He taught music at Garden City High School. He married Marian E. Monson on April 5, 1941 in Mankato. Robert served in the U. S. Army during World War II. He was formerly employed by Standard Oil and APCO; a music and history teacher at Lamberton High School; a music and admission counselor at Shattuck School, Faribault; Nutting Truck and Caster of Faribault; and assistant Rice County Assessor. Music was a thread woven through his entire life. He played many instruments and sang with music groups from ages 9 to 90.

He is survived by two children, Robert (and Janet) Sandon III of Saginaw, MI and Kay (and Frank) Schmidt of Owatonna; five grandchildren, Robert (and Cleigh) Sandon IV, Brian Sandon, Bethany Sandon, Andrew (and Angela) Schmidt and Marene Schmidt; three great grandchildren, Cassius, Katlyn and Cole Sandon; one sister, Shirlee Bolger of Cula Vista, CA.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Marian on December 16, 2009; one brother, Thomas; and one sister, Virginia Fallen.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Faribault or Owatonna Hospice.

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Name: Kirsten Trandem
Date: Tuesday April 26, 2011


Bob was the best next door neighbor you could have. There may have been a few years difference in age. Bob and Marian were maybe 60 when we moved in next door. I was 3 yrs old. Bob and Marian were always willing to play with me. We played horsey, we walked together, we played with our stuffed animals and we ate cookies with milk together. Age didn't matter on our block! Bob and Marian were preceeded in death by Sheldon, a stuffed animal dog that went everywhere with me which was deemed their own dog too. Bob was kind and always willing to joke. He never let me live down the fact that I tried to sell my sister to him for only a quarter. He didn't take me up on the offer. I suspected it was because he was very happy with the family he had or maybe he knew I would want her back some day. We loved hearing Bob play saxophone. Our entire neighborhood would be filled with music. Add that to the fact that we had an open door policy and it was wonderful to know that Bob was always there to listen to my childhood difficulties, nothing was too great or too small! Bob will be dearly missed but he and Marian were such a pair that I suspect that they are now very happily together. My deepest condolences to his family. It was a pleasure to get to know them all through the years.

Name: Brian Sandon
Date: Friday April 22, 2011


Have to say dancing in the driveway was a really good one, watching how much fun he had listening to his music and playing live. Getting mad at his Grandkids for driving him up the wall at times and of course riding the lawn tractor into the tree always will be good memories plus many more. Rest in peace you are finally back home with your soul mate and playing music again.

Name: Janice Mulford
Date: Friday April 22, 2011


Dear Kay, I want to extend to you my deepest sympathy in the death of your father. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time. I noticed that your mother passed away 4 days before my mother in 2009. That is the reason I missed her death as I have been checking the Faribault obituaries pretty much every day since my dad's death in June, 2006. We were fortunate to have good parents who lived long lives.