James L. Sands

Date of Death: 5/11/2017

James L. Sands, 86, Carrolltown passed away May 11, 2017 at Indiana Regional Medical Center.  He was born August 30, 1930 in Las Vegas, NM the son of Vernon L. and Mildred (Ellis) Sands.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Barbara (Eckenrode) Sands and son John R.  He is survived by his son William M. (Patti) Sands, Indiana; granddaughter Emily C. Sands and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and served with the New Mexico National Guard. He was a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where he received a BS and MS in Biology and retired from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in 1981 after thirty years of service as a wildlife biologist.  James was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Carrolltown, American Society of Mammologists and the American Legion.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf and spending time with his family.  Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm Monday May 15, 2017 at Stevens Funeral Home, Inc. 146 North Main Street Carrolltown, where a vigil for the deceased will be held.  Additional visitation will be held Tuesday from 9 am until the 10 am Funeral mass at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Carrolltown by Rev. Jude W. Brady, OSB.  Interment church cemetery.  Memorials are requested to St. Benedict Catholic School, Carrolltown or masses for James.  Military Honors will be accorded by local veteran’s organizations. (www.stevensfamilyfuneralhomes.com)   

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