Lt. Robert Leon Sandberg, Sr., US Navy Retired, 89, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away, Monday, August 9, 2021, at the VAMC, Martinsburg, W.Va.
Born June 10, 1932 in Modena, Wisconsin he was the son of the late, Edwin Martinius and Selma Ingeborg (Quale) Sandberg. In addition to his parents he also was preceded in death by his wife, Dixie Virginia Lee (Sensenbaugh) Sandberg; step-mother, Ava (Jacobson) Sandberg; two brothers, Russell D. Sandberg and Edner E. Sandberg; three sisters, Irene A. Brownell, Cornetta I. Kreye and Eleanor S. Belmore.
Mr. Sandberg is refered to as a "Mustang" military slang to refer to a commissioned officer who began his career as an enlisted service member prior to commissioning. After his retirement from the Navy in 1970, he had worked as a HVAC specialist for Fairchild War Industries, Hagerstown.
He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association, Antietam Chapter 312, DAV Chapter 14, Washington County Am Vets Post 10, VFW Post 1936, Dixon-Troxell Post 211 American Legion and the Hagerstown Elks Lodge 378.
Mr. Sandberg is survived by four children, Robert L. Sandberg, Jr. and wife, Karen of Falling Waters, W.Va., Rory A. Sandberg and wife, Laurie of Hagerstown, Cathy C. (Sandberg) McCartney and husband, Tim of Hagerstown and Dixie "Dee" V.L. (Sandberg) Ellis and husband, Matt of Chambersburg, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Justin, Lauren, Allen and wife, Birgitta, Shannon, Keric and Madison; three great grandchildren, William, Madeline and Robert; a step-sister, Barbara A. Peuse and husband, Jerome of Cromwell, Ct.; brothers in law, Richard Kreye of Wabasha, Minn. and James Belmore of Eau Claire, Wis. and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Korean War Veterans Association, Antietam Chapter 312, PO Box 868, Funkstown, MD 21734 or to Division of American Veterans, Chapter 14, 11837 Hanging Rock Rd., Clear Spring, MD 21722.
Rest Haven Funeral Home, Hagerstown is assisting the family with the arrangements. .