Carl Dale Sanman, 79, of Dubuque, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, December 1st, 2017.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 7th at Resurrection Catholic Church with the Rev. Joseph Hauer presiding. Burial will be with family on Friday, December 8th at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6th at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service recited at 7:30 p.m.
He was born on January 20th, 1938, in Freeport, Illinois, the son of Richard and Christina (Linbeck) Sanman. He married the love of his life, Jeannine (Baker) Sanman on February 6th, 1958 in Freeport, Illinois and together they raised their four children with love and devotion until her passing in 2009.
Carl graduated from Freeport High School in 1957. With his wife, they owned and operated Little Red Hen for over 25 years. His chicken recipe is still the most prized family possession to this day. Upon his retirement from Little Red Hen, he worked at St. Anthony Catholic School as the beloved custodian simply to spend more time with his four grandchildren who attended school there. He retired completely in 2001. Upon retirement, Carl enjoyed spending his time traveling, especially to Arizona for the winter where he could always be found on the golf course.
Carl was a Cub Scout leader for his two sons, Randy and Mark. He was a devout member of The Church of the Resurrection. He was also a member of the Asbury Park Board.
Carl was truly one of a kind. His infectious smile and charming personality was beloved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan and had the joy of attending Game 3 of the 2016 World Series as well as Super Bowl XLV. His love of traveling found him spending many summers and winters in Colorado where he could be found skiing and enjoying the family condo in Beaver Creek.
Above all else, family was Carl’s number one priority. His wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were a source of immense pride and he was never afraid to brag about all of them to anyone who would listen. Papa Chicken Man will be missed deeply by those who loved him most.
Surviving are his children, Randy (Teresa) Sanman of Ft. Worth, Texas, Mark (Heidi) Sanman of Las Vegas, Nevada, Cindy (Dennis) McInerney of Dubuque, and Nancy (Mike) Osterhaus of Jackson, Michigan; 11 grandchildren, Jessica (Michael) Thorpe, Matthew Sanman, Rachel and Julia Sanman, Patrick (Abby), Michael, Kelly, and Daniel McInerney, Ken and Ellen Osterhaus, and Neal Owen; 10 great-grandchildren; his brother, Bob (Anna) Popp; sisters Ruth Oswald, Mary Bedin, and Lorraine (Kent) Schumacher; his brother-in-law, Dalen Wickman and his special friend, Rosemarie McGiffin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his cherished wife Jeannine, and his sisters June Wickman and Erma Sanman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Resurrection Parish or Hospice of Dubuque.
The Sanman family extends a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and their staff, especially Edna for their wonderful care and endless support.