ANDERSON, LELAND ROLLA passed away peacefully while waiting for breakfast on October 18, 2012. He was a resident of Riderwood Assisted Living in Calverton, Maryland for the last 7 years. He lived in Odenton and then Crofton, Maryland from 1959 to 2005.
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Leland was born February 7, 1923, in Ellsworth, Illinois. He moved to Bradfordsville, Kentucky at the age of 12, where he lived for a year in a log cabin on a knob outside of town with no way to get to school until the family moved into town the following year.
He left Bradfordsville to join the Army in 1941. He served in the 5th Armored Division during World War II and retired from the Army after
20 years, having achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (W-2). He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his many years of dedicated service. He then spent 17 years working at the National Security Agency, finally retiring in 1978. His favorite job was as an ROTC Instructor at a high school in Indianapolis during his Army service.
Leland married Lois Welburn Wilson of Bradfordsville, Kentucky, on July 24, 1943. They were together 68 years until Lois' death in 2011. Their commitment to and love for each other was an inspiration to all who knew them. Leland and Lois played golf together for many years, mainly at the Fort Meade golf courses. They enjoyed reunions of the 5th Armored Division held annually in various cities around the county.
Leland was a faithful member of Nichols Bethel United Methodist Church in Odenton, Maryland for 46 years. He served as assistant treasurer and treasurer of the church and was on the administrative board.
Leland was a kind man and a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. His children and grandchildren have been richly blessed to have had him in their lives.
Leland is survived by one daughter, Mary Ellen McElfresh and her husband, Tom, of Alexandria, Virginia; one son, William Anderson and his wife, Ann, of Arnold, Maryland; one brother, Allen Anderson and his wife, Sybil, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren; David McElfresh and his wife, Allison, of Manassas, Virginia; Rob Anderson of Hawaii; Paul Anderson and his fiancée, Erin McAndrews, of Baltimore; and Rebecca Sarver and her husband, Shane, of Arnold, Maryland. Leland was preceded in death by 3 other brothers: Milford, Stanley, and Lester Anderson.
A funeral service will be held at Nichols Bethel United Methodist Church in Odenton, Maryland, on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at 12 p.m., with visitation at the church starting at 11 a.m. Leland will be buried at the Crownsville Veterans' Cemetery at 1:45 p.m., the same day. Arrangements made through Hardesty Funeral Home in Gambrills, Maryland.
Published in The Capital and the Maryland Gazette on Oct. 20, 2012