David L. Anderson, 78, Washington, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, in Creve Coeur. |
David, son of the late Robert Anderson and wife Emma, nee Couch, was born June 14, 1936, in the farming community of Mayview. He received his education first in a one-room schoolhouse, then in the public schools of Odessa. David joined the U.S. Marine Corps at 17, and earned his GED through the military. He served overseas for 14 months and 22 days as a machine gun trainer in Japan, until he was injured in a training exercise, and was honorably discharged in April 1957. David was united in marriage to Janice L. McNeel June 27, 1958, in Odessa. He retired from a 37-year career in civil service in 1991, and was a member of the Marine Corps League, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and lifetime member of the American Legion and Korean War Veterans Association. He also was very pleased to have served on the board of the Franklin County Honor Flight.
David is survived by his wife, Janice L. Anderson, nee McNeel, Washington; three children, Eugene Anderson and wife Sandy, Jeffrey Anderson and wife Monica, all of Washington, and Debra Straatmann and husband Terry, Villa Ridge; five sisters, Demma Meinershagen, Odessa, Mary Carrick and husband Jerry, Golden Valley, Ariz., Peggy Monell, Kailia, Hawaii, Sharon Gongob and husband Patrick, Aiea, Hawaii, and Phyllis Anderson, Oak Grove; eight grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Emma Anderson; and one brother, Ernest Anderson.
Visitation was held from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at Miller Funeral Home, Washington.
Visitation also was held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at First Christian Church, Washington.
A funeral service followed at the church, beginning at 11 a.m.
Interment followed at St. Peter's Cemetery, Washington.
Memorials may be given to American Legion Post 218, Marine Corps League 1214, or the Korean War Veterans Association 324.
The Anderson family was served by Miller Funeral Home, Washington.
Published in The Missourian on Aug. 6, 2014