Edward B. "Sandy" Sandstrom passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. Sandy was born Aug. 13, 1934, in St. Paul, Minn., son of the late George and Julia (Burtness) Sandstrom.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, transferring to the U.S. Air Force, proudly serving 24 years and retiring as chief master sergeant where he served overseas and had many missions worldwide. The planes in which he served as flight engineer included the C-124, C-133 and C-5. He later worked for Playtex, LD Caulk and the AAL Insurance Co.
His hobbies included boating, Coast Guard Auxiliary and volunteering at the AMC Museum at Dover Air Force Base, where he was a tour guide and helped with the restoration projects of the airplanes. He also volunteered with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, church and civic organizations. Sandy was always a leader, very driven to make things happen, was always available and had a pleasant attitude. He had lots of interesting accounts of history, and friends were very important to him. Sandy will be sorely missed.
He is preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Claire. Sandy is survived by his son, Eddy Sandstrom; and siblings, George Sandstrom (Peg), Louise DuBois and Joanne Owen (Bill); two granddaughters, Jennifer Wells and Janet Claire Sandstrom; and four great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 20276 Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Air Mobility Museum, 1301 Heritage Road, Dover AFB, Dover, DE 19902.