ANDERSON, John Ivan
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August 3, 1920 – June 30, 2014
Ivan went peacefully to his Lord after a long battle with cancer. Ivan was born in Pelly, Saskatchewan into the farming family of Edwin and Catherine Anderson. During WWII, Ivan served in Europe as a wireless operator with 405 Squadron of the RCAF, retiring as F/L. He and his bride Rose (nee Campo), were married before Ivan went overseas. Having flown in 39 missions over enemy territory, Ivan's airplane was shot down over Belgium in 1943. Captured later by the Gestapo while in Paris, Ivan was sent to Stalag Luft-III POW camp, where "The Great Escape" of March 1944 occurred. After the war, Rose and Ivan made their home in Calgary and raised six children; Spencer (Evelyn), Roxana (Leonard), Wendy (Don), Lance (Chris), Heather and Stacey (Les). After retirement from Canada Customs and Excise, Ivan volunteered numerous hours at schools and the Aero Space Museum, sharing his wartime stories with students and adults. In addition to his children, Ivan leaves to mourn his youngest sister Eileen Daniels, 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Ivan was predeceased by his wife of 68 years Rose, and his siblings Margaret, Norman, Dorothy, and Ken. Ivan's family would like to thank Carewest Colonel Belcher for their gentle, compassionate care during Ivan's illness. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel of Eden Brook Funeral Home on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Aero Space Museum of Calgary or Calgary Health Trust, Friends of the Colonel Belcher (Vets Angels). Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.edenbrookcemetery.ca. Arrangements entrusted to EDEN BROOK FUNERAL HOME AND RECEPTION CENTRE (17th Avenue SW and Lower Springbank Rd).
Published in The Calgary Herald from July 5 to July 7, 2014