Joseph Paul Sandman, 80, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at home.

A private funeral service was held with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West, and military honors by the Iowa Army Nation Guard. A mass was held at St. Joseph Key West Catholic Church. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Paul was born in Manchester Aug. 25, 1941, the son of Martin and Laurien (Bergfeld) Sandman. He graduated from Manchester High School and was a member of the Iowa Army National Guard for four years. He married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Goebel Sept. 16, 1961 and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Paul was a mail carrier for 20 years and the owner of Schilling Hardware for 19 years. After retirement, he managed the Elks Lodge #297 for 11 years. He touched the hearts and lives of many people during his life. He had a great sense of humor, was quick with a joke, loved playing cards and loved a good old fashion. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, building and fixing anything, the Iowa Hawkeyes, watching sports, and spending time with his family.

He was loved and is survived by his wife Carolyn (Goebel) Sandman; children Kathy (Kevin) Canfield, Kristi (Matt) Tompkins, Dave (Erin) Sandman; grandchildren: Rachael (Andy) Viehmann, Michael (Emily) Canfield, Jessica and Harrison Tompkins, Bailey and Bret Sandman; great-grandchildren Caroline Canfield and Aubrey Viehmann; and sisters Alice Soppe and Dianne Faust.

He was preceded in death by his parents; great-granddaughter Grace Viehmann; brothers-in-law Bob Soppe and Dick Faust; and niece Jayne Swift.

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