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Carl Raymond Sands, 84 of Silver Lake, passed away at 11:47 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in his residence.
He was born April 3, 1929, in Warsaw, to John Isaac and Eva (Shilling) Sands. He married Edythe Mary Didier in Fort Wayne April 26, 1952, who survives.
At the age of 16, Carl traveled to Poland for a project in which he transported cattle donated by American farmers.
In 1949, Carl went out west for the Wheat Harvest. He then joined the U.S. Army, serving from 1951-53. He played baseball for the U.S. Army during his time of service.
A lifetime resident of Silver Lake, Carl was a graduate of Silver Lake High Schoolâ€™s Class of 1947, and then graduated from Manchester College in 1951. He received his mastersâ€™ degree from Indiana University in 1956.
Carl was a self-employed farmer on his familyâ€™s property. The farm had been in the family since 1846. He also was a teacher for Beaver Dam and Silver Lake High School, where he coached several sports teams.
He was a principal at Burket, Claypool and Larwill High Schools. He then became a principal at South Whitley High School until Whitko High School was consolidated. Afterwards, he became vice principal and athletic director for WHS until his retiring in 1985.
Carl was inducted into the Kosciusko County Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. He was on the REMC board for 21 years and a member of American Legion Post #286, North Manchester.
Carl is survived by his wife of 61 years, Edythe M. Sands of Silver Lake; 11 children, Carl R. (Lisa) of Bremen, Michael (Sharon) of South Whitley, John (Marsha) of Silver Lake, David (Christine) of Syracuse, Mary Ann (Michael) Secrest of Claypool, Cheryl (John) Petrie of Arcola, Steven Sands of Silver Lake, Thomas ( Melody) of Indianapolis, Robert (Tammy) of Valparaiso, Joseph (Penny) of Silver Lake and Daniel (Lisa) of Warsaw; 39 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Catherine Merley of Akron. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw, with Father Phil DeVolder officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake.
Visitation hours will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. the same evening.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are to be made to Right to Life of North Central Indiana, 109 W. Market St., Warsaw, IN 46580 or to Our Fathers House, 401 Argonne Rd., Warsaw, IN 46580.
To sign the guestbook or to send condolences electronically, go to mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com