Richard Sendler

Richard N. Sendler, 69, a Columbia Home Builder, died Thursday morning after a long battle with cancer. Born in Charlotte, NC he was a son of the late Moses Aaron and Mary Pegram Sendler.

Sendler was Past President of the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia and an active member of the Home Builders Association of South Carolina. Sendler was a leader in advocating for reasonable building codes and served on the S.C. Building Codes Council.

The family will receive visitors Monday, October 7, 12:30 p.m., at Northeast Presbyterian Church, 601 Polo Road, Columbia, 29223. Services will begin at 1:30 p.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia, SC, 29229, at 3 p.m.

Memorials may be made to either the Charitable Foundation of The Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia, 625 Taylor Street, Columbia, SC, 29201, or The Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, 100 Park Avenue, Suite 108, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Please sign the online guestbook at

Richard graduated from Wampee-Little River High School, and Georgia Tech University with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. He proudly served his country in Vietnam as an officer in the US Army. He was owner of Sendler Construction Co., Inc., where he enjoyed a long career working with his family and those he considered family.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 47 years, Carolyn Adams Sendler; sons; Richard N. Sendler, Jr. and Michael Scott Sendler and wife Lisa, all of Columbia; grandchildren, Christian Hope Sendler, Bailey Ann Sendler, Mya Neomi Illingworth, Ava Zoelle Sendler, and Jacob Cade Sendler; brothers, Edward P. Sendler and wife Jayne of Venice, FL, Charles C. Sendler and wife Lynn of North Myrtle Beach, SC; sisters Mary Ann Newell and husband Bill of Pittsboro, NC, Jean S. Ayers and husband Bill of LeGrange, GA, and a sister-in-law, Joyce Sendler of Atlantic Beach, FL; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by a brother, Alter W. Sendler.