William Ralph "Wild Bill" Sanders, Jr.

  • Born: June 7, 1945
  • Died: May 25, 2015
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Flanner Buchanan - Washington Park North Cemetery & Funeral Center

2706 Kessler Blvd. West
Indianapolis, IN 46228

Tel. (317) 251-5959

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to William by adding your memories and photos.

William R. Sanders Jr. "Wild Bill" passed away Monday May 25th 2015 at the age of 69. Visitation will be held Friday May 29th from 12pm -6pm at First Baptist  Church North Indianapolis 880 W. 28th Street with services at 6 pm. William leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife Bernice Sanders, Stepmother Mattie Sanders, Daughter Terri Buckner, Son's Don Sanders(Casandra) William R Sanders lll (Twanna) and a host of Grandchildren, relatives and friends.  Entombment will follow on Saturday at 11am in Crown Hill Cemetery- Field of Valor.  Please share an online condolence or a memory of Bill at www.flannerbuchanan.com. Arrangements entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan-Washington Park North


Condolence & Memory Journal

You will truly be missed soldier. You were such a nice person. May you Rest In Peace.

Posted by Jacqueline Dawson - Schererville, IN - friend   June 11, 2015

Rest in peace Bill Sanders. We will take it from here. It was great getting to know you and you will be great and sadly missed. Prayers to the Sanders Family.

Posted by Richard - Friend and work partner   June 11, 2015

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Posted by Darryl Wiggins    June 03, 2015

My prayers go out to the family May you rest with the Lord lil Bill

Posted by Diane Wilson - Indianapolis, IN   June 02, 2015

Bill was special man. Always with that infectious smile. Bill and the Good Lord will continue to look over you and give you strength Bernice from the heaven above. We are here for you.

Posted by Jamie & Gerry Kilander - Indpls, IN - Neighbors   May 31, 2015

So moved by the touching tribute the Buffalo Soldiers made to their Chaplain Bill at his funeral and entombment.

Posted by Angelique - Denver, CO - Friend   May 30, 2015

My deepest sympathy and prayers are with your family during this time. Wild Bill was one of dearest friends. I will cherish the many memories.

Posted by Byron Westmoreland - Bluffton, SC   May 30, 2015

Rest in peace Uncle Bill. Thank you for always being a phone call away. You got me started in Law Enforcement and everything I do will be in your honor. I will strive to be as calm, patient, forgiving, and understaning as you. You were a man that admitted his mistakes and worked to try to fix those mistakes. We love you like a father.

Posted by Dustin Loeb - indianapolis, IN   May 30, 2015

A nice guy, enjoyed being his Barber and the conversations we use to have. He'll truly be missed.

Posted by Damion Pryor - Indianapolis - Friend (His Barber)   May 29, 2015

Bill was a very decent jovial guy. We enjoyed his presence here at the state house. We enjoyed talking about our motorcycles. He is missed.

Posted by Bryan Van Vlymen - Greenwood, IN - Friend   May 29, 2015

Rest In Peace Bill! May God receive you in his loving arms.

Posted by Diane LeFlore - McCordsville, IN   May 29, 2015

Praying for you and your family. Bill was my brother Steve's great friend.

Posted by Lonnie McFarland Jr - Indianapolis, IN   May 29, 2015

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by John Everett - Indianapolis, IN   May 29, 2015

My prayers for and love to the family. "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Your morning is coming.

Posted by Aleta J. Parran - Indianapolis, IN - Friend of the family   May 29, 2015

God bless you Bernice.
Our hearts goes out to you and the rest of the family.
Cleo and Normajo Moore

Posted by A friend   May 29, 2015

Bill my friend you certainly will be missed, I know that you are in a better place in the arms of our Lord and Savior. Your smile and laugh will continue to be in my memories. Bernice we share your pain but Bill will always be with us God Bless you. Jeff Roy

Posted by Jeff Roy - Longmont, CO   May 29, 2015


Posted by Skip Boyd - Joliet, IL   May 29, 2015

Uncle Bill,
You were a humble man with a big spirit and a genuine heart. God gave u a gift to bring a smile to others in some type of way and God gave us a gift by giving us you. Thank you God for my uncle and blessing my family with a special man like Uncle Bill. Its a honer to call you Uncle
Love you

Posted by ChristinaWilliams - Indianapolis, IN - niece   May 29, 2015

Love you Uncle Bill!

Posted by Erica Scott - Lawrenceville, GA - Niece   May 28, 2015

A kind heart, a gentle spirit and a great smile will always be a signature of you for me. I appreciated your taking me under your wing as a young trooper, inviting me to your house and sharing your knowledge! Even though time brings about a change and people typically change with the times, you forever treated me kind as a true man of God would do. Never fake or phony, you kept it real and forever you'll be blessed by The Father for you actions!
The time has come for you to rest Bill, for you have served this lifetime well!

Posted by Joseph Dixon - Indianapolis, IN - friend and co-worker   May 28, 2015


Bernice, we are so sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful person. We will never forget our visit to Indianapolis when the two of you opened your home to us. You all were the perfect hosts, and we will be forever grateful for your kindness. We can't begin to imagine what you are feeling, but let us share our heart-felt condolence to you and your family.

Posted by David & Gail Lewis - Ridgeland, MS - Friends   May 28, 2015

May God Bless you and your family at this time of sorrow. Bill will be missed by many as he touched many lives over the years. Truly my twin and I have known Bill for over 40 years. He was such a quiet person but stood so tall. Yolonda Hopkins Richey and Rhonda Hopkins Carney - Indy Black Pearlz MC

Posted by A friend   May 28, 2015

Bill, we grew up at PS 76 , then on to our respective lives. I always loved you like a brother..Its been awhile since You, I and Bernice had dinner together. You were a man of faith , a man with a heart and a credit to your race..THE HUMAN RACE!!!!..You once told me I was a righteous white man..I'll always keep that IN MY HEART. You'll be missed ..I know theres a place in Heaven for you, G'd wouldn't have it any other way. Rest In Peace..Your Friend Lonnie Nefouse

Posted by Lonnie Nefouse - Carmel, IN - Friend   May 28, 2015

To the family of Bill Sanders from the Barringer, Hogue and Fields Families, we would like to express our sincere sympathies. Mr. Sanders (Bill) will be missed dearly. Please know that we will keep you in our prayers. May God bless you all during this time. Much Love.

Posted by A friend   May 28, 2015

We will miss you Bill. Debra & Jubril

Posted by Debra Hendrix - Indianapolis, IN - Cousin   May 28, 2015

RIH Wild Bill. You were such a joy to be around, an outstanding man...I will truly miss you so very much.

Posted by Geechee - Fishers, IN - Fellow Buffalo Soldier   May 28, 2015

Sadly missed. We love you cousin

Posted by darcia blackburn - indianapolis, IN - cousin   May 28, 2015

Billy Wooten, Sandra Edmonds, Sandria Beasley,Norma Quarles, Pete Sanders, Charles Sanders, Roger Brown,Doris Sanders, Dorothy White, Diana Smith, Andrew Majors, We send our prayers are with the family. The MCL Lunch Bunch

Posted by A friend   May 28, 2015

to the family: We are very, very sorry for the loss of Little Bill. We will miss him at our Class reunion lunches. School #26

the MCL Bunch (every 3rd Monday of each month) Family still welcome to come and fellowship. John Hope Sch # 26 1952-1960

Posted by A friend   May 28, 2015

We were all blessed when Bill Sanders brought the bright light of his smile to our lives.
He truly cared for everyone and was a living testimony to God's love and light.
He carried God's love within his soul and you could see it flow like a river through Bernice, his children, his friends and his extended family of law enforcement. We all join Bernice and the family in raising up this true man of God - this true servant leader - this true protector and most kind and gentle soul. Be with him and his family as they grieve the great pain of separation and experience his resurrection to you O Lord, for this we pray this day, Amen

Posted by Angelique - Denver, CO - Friend   May 28, 2015

He will truly be missed!!! I never saw him without a smile on his face. Rest In Peace Soldier.

Posted by Jacqueline Dawson - Schererville, IN - Buffalo soldier family   May 28, 2015

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So moved by the touching tribute the Buffalo Soldiers made to their Chaplain Bill at his funeral and entombment.