Olaf Julius “Skip” Sandaker was born January 16, 1948 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, the oldest sons of Otto and Karine Sandaker. When Skip was 6 the family moved from Dahlton, Sask. to Salmon Arm, BC where the family grew to include 10 siblings. Their home was a busy place with many activities for extended family and friends. Music was a big part of many gatherings and Skip loved to play instruments – especially the guitar.
From an early age Skip showed an aptitude for “fixing things” and always had a toolbox at hand. This was a great asset as he had a variety of jobs – farm laborer, working in a local bakery, millwright, time spent at Terrace BC and Rainbow Lake BC working with heavy duty equipment.
In 1966 Skip moved to Kitimat BC to work for Alcan. In 1971 he married his best friend’s sister – Eileen Embree
Then in 1977 they moved to Wabamun, Alberta where Skip was employed by Trans. Alta. He was promoted to the office and then acted as foreman and supervisor. Ill health forced him to retire in 2014.
As a teenager in Salmon Arm, Skip was involved with Fish and Game club and Cadets and won many awards for rifle competitions. He was a long time member of the Wabamun & District Lions Club and was very much involved in his community. In 2012 he was awarded the Lions International highest honor, the Melvin Jones Fellowship for Dedicated Humanitarian Service. Skip also enjoyed spending time helping out the Embree family farm.
Skip was a very loving and dedicated father and grandfather. He will be sorely missed by his three daughters, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was pre-deceased by his parents – Otto and Karine Sandaker, sister – Lila Saunders and grandson – David Sandaker.
Skip is survived by his wife – Eileen, daughters – Laurie-Ann (John Durand) Stahn, Erin (Nathan) Williamson and Colleen (Jason Willacy) Sandaker, grandchildren – Amber, Erik, Brandon, Cierra and Cole, great grandson – Aiden, brothers – Cecil (Joanne) and Melvin (Sandra), Sisters – Oline Williamson, Elida Raven, Clara (Wray) Brook, Helen Hoffman, Margaret (Mike) Minchau, Louise (Bob) Todd.
A service was held on December 5th, 2015 in Wabamun, Alberta.