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1935 John 2021

John Sandru

December 21, 1935 — December 9, 2021

Colonel (Ret.)/Doctor John M. Sandru born December 21, 1935 in Sharon, Pennsylvania went to live eternally with his Savior December 09, 2021.

John graduated from Struthers High School in Youngstown, Ohio. He went to Ohio State University where he received his Pharmacy degree. He then went on to receive his Medical degree from Des-Moines University of Medicine.

John was a caring husband of 43 years, father, grandfather, friend and mentor to many. After working in private practice in Geneva, Ohio for 10 years as a family practice physician, who delivered many babies in those 10 years, John joined the Air Force in 1976. He loved his country and served proudly for 20 years. He worked as a Flight surgeon on several of his assignments, which were among his favorites. After retiring from the Air Force he worked many locum tenens assignments in various states, including the Wounded Warrior Clinic in San Antonio. His last position was at the MEPS in San Antonio and, at times, in Houston. John also obtained his private, instrument rated, flying license while in the United States Air Force. John’s quick wit and his approachability made John a favorite among friends and patients, alike. His desire to continue learning nuances of medicine was John’s forte’ and he incorporated his newly found knowledge into the treatment of his very thankful patients.

John is survived by his wife, Gloria and children, John and his wife Tina, Jeffrey and his wife Stephanie, Tammy and her husband Scott, Mark and four grandchildren, Jessica Jones with husband Travis, Grant Sanford, Kaitlin Sandru and Brandon Sandru. He is also, survived by his brother, Nick and wife Eileen and many nieces and nephews, and cousin, Virginia Traino and husband, Sam of Youngstown, Ohio and Cornel Cazila of La Fayette, Colorado.

John is predeceased by his parents, John and Lucretia Sandru, and his brother, Arnold Sandru. Gloria was with John when he departed this life and left for his eternal home. He is now experiencing what we all who know Christ look forward to. We aren’t saying good-by to John, only “see you on the other side” as we know we will see him again one day. John fought the good fight, ran the good race, and is now waiting on the other side. John attended Saint John Cassian Romanian Church and the service will be officiated by Father Valentin Ilies. John’s family wishes to thank all of you for your prayers and support.

A Visitation will take place from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM on Monday, January 03, 2022 at Schertz Funeral Home Chapel. The Funeral Service will take place at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 04, 2022 at Schertz Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 1:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to John’s favorite charities may be made to: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, San Antonio Humane Society or Vested Interest in K9’s, Inc.



Schertz Funeral Home
  • 2217 FM 3009
    Schertz, TX 78154

Funeral Service

Schertz Funeral Home
  • 2217 FM 3009
    Schertz, TX 78154


Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
  • 1520 Harry Wurzbach
    San Antonio, Texas 78209
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