Mr. Laurance Rudyerd "Papa" Sandstrom, 73, of Bostic, NC, died Tuesday,
April 2, 2019 at Willow Ridge Nursing Center, Rutherfordton.
He was the son of the late Carl Adolph Sandstrom and Bertha Smith
Sandstrom. Larry Sandstrom grew up in Jamestown, NY where he graduated
from Jamestown High School. He attended the Rochester Institute of
Technology, graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After
working for IBM, he went into education. He was a teacher and head of
the math department, during this time he served 6 years in the National
Guard. He furthered his education by earning an MBA with a
specialization in human resources, from Syracuse University. He moved to
Florida to manage an electronics firm and later worked in human
resources at Gulf Coast Community College. He spent the last 15 years of
his career at Dayton State College where he was an Associate Vice
President of Human Resources.
Larry was a loving husband to Maggie, his wife of more than 50 years. He
was a devoted father to his daughters, Kimberly and Melissa, and an
extraordinary Papa to his four grandchildren. He was a man of strong
faith, serving as a deacon in his church and taught Sunday School for
many years. He was a lover of woodworking, old cars, yard sales,
antiques, camping, and good food. Throughout his lifetime, he rescued
many dogs who became his constant companions. His final joy was spending
his retirement years in the cabin in North Carolina that he lovingly
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Louise Sandstrom; his daughters,
Kimberly Louise Alacan and husband Eddie, of DeBary, FL, and Melissa
Louise Reed and husband Jay, of Starkville, MS; his 2 sisters, Judith
Lester and husband James, of Port Charlotte, FL, and Janice Roberg and
husband Dennis, of Lakewood, NY; his 2 brothers, Carl Sandstrom and wife
Sally, of Jamestown, NY, and Steven Sandstrom and wife Penny, of
Ventura, CA; there are 4 grandchildren, Olivia Louise Morgan and husband
Marcus, Jacob Franklin Reed, Lauren Louise Reed, and Emma Louise Alacan.
The Funeral will be conducted at 2:00 pm Sunday, April 7, 2019 at First
Baptist Church of Bostic. The Rev. Clay Earle will officiate. Burial
will follow at a later date at the Richland Cemetery in Richland, NY.
The Visitation will be from 3 pm until 5 pm Saturday at Washburn &
Dorsey Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Salvation Army, 501
Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217.
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