Stephen (Steve) Sanders, 65, passed away on July 10, 2018. He was born Aug. 21, 1952, in Fort Worth, Texas to Kenneth and Ruby Joyce Sanders. 
   Steve attended West Birdville Elementary School, Haltom Junior School and graduated from Brewer High School in 1970. He attended the University of Texas at Arlington. In 1984, Steve met Natha Marshall at his church, Calvary Cathedral in Fort Worth and later married her in a church ceremony. Together they had two children, Austin and Kristin, and married for 21 years until her death from breast cancer in 2005. After Natha’s death, Steve was later introduced and married to Penelope Jaeger in 2008. Steve was employed by Enstrom Helicopters, Menominee, Mich. from 2004 until his medical retirement in 2015. Prior to that, he was employed by Heliodyne and General Dynamics, both in Fort Worth. Steve excelled in his work and rose in various positions based on his technical knowledge, skills and interpersonal skills in management. Among his non-professional accomplishments, associated principally with his pursuit of and love for Christian music, was the work he did with Mephibosheth, a Christian musical group, organized by Steve and several of his friends in the late 1970s. The group played concerts around Texas, but its most important work, according to the group, was the work that it did in Germany with the U.S. Army Chaplains Association. They toured several of the bases in Germany during the late 70s, entertaining the troops and holding evangelistic meetings at many locations near the bases. Their work was greatly appreciated by the Chaplains and the troops and many of those soldiers were baptized into the Christian faith as a result of Mephibosheth’s efforts. Following that engagement, Mephibosheth began a series of concerts and meetings at Calvary Cathedral in Fort Worth that lasted for four months, which resulted in over 9,000 young people being baptized as Christians. That meeting set a standard and record for the young church that guided its work in the future; many of those young people becoming ministers themselves and winning others to Christ. Steve would say that of all the things that he accomplished in life, none were more important to him than the work he did with Mephibosheth. In addition to music, Steve’s main non-occupational interest, he loved tennis and golf. Steve was a very kind person, full of compassion and consideration for others. He was a loving father, absolutely committed to his wife and children. He was a beloved son and brother. He was talented and a highly principled person. 
Steve is survived by his wife, Penny; two children: Austin and Kristin; his father, Kenneth R. Sanders; and his brother, David.
Services will be held at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Home. Visitation is Friday, July 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service  is Saturday, July 14 at 11 a.m. Burial and reception to follow.