Joe R. Sanders, age 75, of Bluffton S.C., died November 28, 2010 at Life Care Center of Hilton Head after a lengthy battle with Alzheimerís.

Born in Pleasanton, Kan. on June 17, 1935 to Anna Lee and Ralph Sanders, he grew up in Columbus, Kan. along with sister, Martha Ann Sanders.

He graduated from Kansas State Teacherís College in 1957. He spent his entire career in the school supply industry working both sales and marketing. He was employed by the American Crayon Company, Sandusky, Ohio for thirty years and later retired as Vice President of Helix, USA Ltd.

In 1960 he married Rita Stevenson in Cleveland Heights Ohio. Throughout their fifty year marriage, the couple resided in Sandusky Ohio, Vero Beach Fla., Bellport Village N.Y. and Bluffton S.C. Joe enjoyed spending his free time with his family and friends. His hobbies included painting, wood working, music, swimming and boating. He loved the beach and spent many hours collecting treasures and swimming with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Rita of Bluffton; son, Stephen (Lisa) Sanders of Bealeton Va.; daughter, Jennifer Sanders of Huron Ohio; daughter, Gretchen (Flavio Munoz) Sanders of Portland Ore. He also leaves behind nine beloved grandchildren; Garrett, Rafe and Dalen Sanders; Erin, Abigail and Delaney Black; Jaya, Camille and Alana Munoz.

A private service is planned for family in Ohio at a later date.

Memorial donations, if desired, can be made to Alzheimerís Association, Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, or Memory Matters.

The Island Funeral Home and Crematory of Hilton Head is assisting the family in making arrangements.