Sam Douglas Grant Sanderson

Sam Douglas Grant Sanderson

Apr 10, 1954 – Aug 8, 2017

Loving and devoted husband, son, father, brother and “Deda.” Preceded in death by father, Grant Sanderson, and mother-in-law, Cherry Harpenau.  Survived by wife of 32 years, Anna; his children, Scott (Annie) and Brian (Shelby); grandchildren, Adam and Natalie; mother, Marelle Sanderson; and brothers, Derl and Mark Sanderson.

Dedicated medical researcher, he will be missed by many who worked with him during his 27 years at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the company he founded, Prommune, Inc.  His work will live on through his many publications and numerous patents.

The family will receive friends Friday, August 11th from 5pm to 7pm at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 16701 “S” St., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the church.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Saturday, August 12th at 10am at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church.  Interment, Resurrection Cemetery.  Memorial donations can be made to St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church Music Ministry to honor his love and passion for music and worship.





  • St. Stephen the Martyr Choir Posted August 9, 2017 4:29 pm

    Let it be known to all the world that Sam Sanderson will be dearly missed by the St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church choir and community in Omaha , NE. He was a very fine singer as well as an exceptionally good man with a great sense of humor. Our sincere condolences to his wife Anna and his entire family.

  • David, Lynne and Jake Oldom Posted August 9, 2017 9:01 pm

    Anna , Scott, Brian and family: I am heartbroken for all of you during this very sad time.. Our thoughts and prayers are for strength during this difficult time and the days ahead.. Sam will be remembered for many things but mostly for being a loving husband, father and grandpa. Rest In
    Peace Sam.

  • Susanna Von Essen Posted August 10, 2017 6:00 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss! Sam was a wonderful scientist and a good person.

  • Susie James Posted August 10, 2017 7:17 am

    i am so sorry to hear of Sams passing. He will forever be remembered by many. God bless you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May He comfort you during this most most difficult time. I love and miss you.

  • Steve Dixon Posted August 10, 2017 8:04 am

    Anna, May God Bless you and your family in this difficult time. Sam was a good friend and I so much enjoyed interacting with him at UNMC through the years. We will miss him. Steve Dixon

  • Glen & Cheryl Brady Posted August 10, 2017 2:54 pm

    Dear Anna, Scott & Brian,

    Our sincerest condolences to your family at Sam’s passing. We wish we could be there tomorrow and Saturday with family but please know you are all in our prayers that the Lord will comfort and support each of you at this time of sorrow. But please take strength from the knowledge that the Sam we all know and love lives on and has been reunited with family and friends on the other side of the veil. We will always cherish our memories of our times together and, for me, having Sam, Derl and Mark truly be the brothers I wouldn’t have had otherwise – that’s how I will always remember him.

  • Terri Brown Posted August 12, 2017 9:23 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. My deepest condolences to Anna and all of Sam’s loved ones.

  • Sonja Juric Posted August 13, 2017 5:31 pm

    Anna and family,
    I am deeply saddened for your sudden loss of Sam. Words can’t express the heartfelt sorrow that I feel, Please accept my condolences.

    – Sonja Juric (Friend & Red Cross Colleague)

  • Tom Caffrey Posted August 29, 2017 6:01 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. In 30 years at UNMC, I have never met a more genuine, kind, and approachable professor than Sam. He will be greatly missed. Please take comfort in knowing the brilliance of a shooting star is enjoyed mere fleeting seconds, yet its light endures forever. Sam’s light shines brightly. Rest in peace, my friend.

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