Dr. Gerald E. (Jerry) Anderson, passed away peacefully at his home on October 4, 2013 at age 81.|
Born on January 3, 1932 in Eveleth, Minnesota, to the late Edward and Clara Anderson. Jerry lived and
traveled much of the world, settling in Colorado Springs for the remaining years of his life.
Jerry loved to hike the area's mountain trails, enjoyed the expansive Pikes Peak views and cruise on his scooter throughout Colorado Springs. He was an accomplished chess player, formidable bridge player, and a dependable tennis doubles partner. In addition to being an avid reader, Jerry was always ready to engage in conversation on a variety of topics and freely offered his views and perspectives. His passionate nature for knowledge made him a natural teacher, and Jerry, who was called Doc Andy by students, taught in schools in Virginia, Dominican Republic and here in Colorado Springs in his last years.
He served as an officer of the US Army for over 20 years, being stationed in Panama and several South American countries. He was a Korean and Vietnam War veteran, and received several medals during his outstanding career, including the Bronze Star. Jerry received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Minnesota, and after retiring from the military, he earned a PhD in Economics from there as well.
Jerry was the loving husband, best friend and bridge partner to Belermina Catano, whom he married in December 19, 1964 in Panama. He was the proud father of four children and the doting grandfather to six grandchildren. Jerry was a true original whose thoughts and presence will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Mina, his children, Margie Lynch, Karen Anderson, Anita Hunt, and Harold Anderson; sister Margaret Anderson Krogh; sons-in-law Chris Lynch and Ken Hunt; and grandchildren, Abbie, Charlie, Ellie, Roby, Sophia and Will; as well as many nieces and nephews, friends and students.
Memorial services will be held in Colorado Springs on Friday, October 11th at Sacred Heart Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be held later at Fort Logan Cemetery in Denver, CO.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Pikes Peak Hospice (www.pikespeakhospice.org).
Published in The Gazette from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, 2013