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Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

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John Charles Sandy, of St. Cloud, MN, passed away at his home on Monday, March 7, 2022.  He was 81 years old.

John is survived by his step children, Jeffrey (Karyl) Helmbrecht, Michael (Nancy) Helmbrecht, Stephan (Genae) Helmbrecht, Patricia Helmbrecht (Dave) Libra, Wayne (Debbie) Helmbrecht; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15th at Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.

VISITATION will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

INTERMENT will be at Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery.

John Charles Sandy of St. Cloud, MN. passed away at his home on Monday, March 7, 2022. He was 81 years old.

He was born in Braham, MN on January 26, 1941 to William Ernest & Medora Elvira (Medin) Sandy. He attended & graduated from Braham High School in 1959. He attended St. Cloud State University. In 1966, he graduated from the Al Somers School for Umpires in Florida, during which time he worked as a parking lot attendant for the Daytona 500 race track. He watched Richard Petty race on this gravel track. Many weekends were spent with the family at local ballparks while John umpired baseball & softball games. He loved the Twins, Vikings and all ball sports. In the summer of 1994, John and two friends (Neil & Danny Warnberg) took a two-week “Boys of Summer” baseball trip visiting many stadiums in Eastern & Central United States. During his early years after graduating with a business degree from St. Cloud State University, John was employed with the Star Tribune Newspaper, Hornebrook American Motors, and MN State Central Stores. For the remaining 20 years of his employment, John was the supervisor of The Admit and Release of Prisoners Unit for MN State Prison System, stationed at the Correctional Facility in St. Cloud.

He met and married the love of his life, Marion (Kyander) Helmbrecht in May of 1969. He was stepdad to Wayne & Patricia. He loved the show “The Bold and the Beautiful”, and hated it when he had to miss an episode. John enjoyed riding his scooter, and later his Spyder (a 3-wheeled motorcycle). He kept a daily record of his riding hours. John had many friends at the Highbanks Apartment, and he spent many hours visiting with these friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion, father William, and mother Medora. He is survived by his 5 stepchildren Jeff (Karyl) Helmbrecht of Brook Park, Michael (Nancy) Helmbrecht of Brook Park, Steven (Genae) Helmbrecht of Johnson City, Tennessee, Patricia (Dave) Libra of Roseville, and Wayne (Deb) Helmbrecht of Brook Park, many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

2 thoughts on “JOHN CHARLES SANDY”

  1. We are so sorry to hear about John’s passing. We winter in AZ, and had not been able to reach him by phone.
    When Larry & I arrived home we made several attempt to see him. My husband Larry worked with John for many years. And camped with John & Marian for years up in Villard Mn. We will miss John’s visits, he was a very good friend. God Bless & Keep him. Gladys & Larry Lester

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