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Jack Anderson

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Jack H. Anderson

Jack Harry Anderson, 90, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014, at Peace Hospice of cancer. A memorial service will be held 11:00AM, Sat. Jan 25, 2014, at Croxford Funeral Home. There will be a private entombment at a later date.

Jack was born in the old Deaconess Hospital on Sept 17, 1923, to Robert Burns and Ernestine (Rahr) Anderson. He spent his early years on their ranch 17 miles North of Great Falls that was homesteaded by his grandfather in 1910. Jack attended 28 Mile Spring School, Paris Gibson and Great Falls High. He dropped out of high school three months before he was to graduate (at the age of 16) to take a job at The Mint Saloon. He served in the Navy from 1943 until 1945 and the National Guard 1947 to 1949. He got his GED after his discharge from the Navy.

He married Fae Swensen in Kodia, Alaska, in 1945, divorced 1962. Fae and Jack had three children. He married Cornelia (Nita) Nourse in 1963.

Jack was appointed patrolman on the Great Falls Police Department, October 6, 1948, and retired (due to a brain stem aneurysm) on January 1, 1987. During his 38 years on the Department he held every rank. He was appointed Chief of Staff in 1961, promoted to Captain of Detectives in 1962, Assistant Chief of Police in 1968, Acting Chief 1972, and Chief of Police in 1973.

Jack furthered his education through: LaSalle Extension University, Delehanty Institute, College of Great Falls, Southern Police Institute University of Louisville, and was a 1953 graduate of the F.B.I. Academy. He taught Criminal Justice courses at the College of Great Falls and the Montana Law Enforcement Academy Bozeman.

Jack was Past President of: the Great Falls Police Protective Association, Montana State Police Protective Association, and Montana Chiefs of Police Association. Past Member of: Board of Directors of the Montana Law Enforcement Academy, Governor's Task Force on Standards and Goals for Criminal Justice System for the State of Montana, and member of Montana Board of Crime Control. Also a member of: Commission on Organized Crime for the State of MT, Regional Advisory Council for Montana Board of Crime Control, member of the Advisory Committee for International Policy, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Chairman of the Committee on Crimes Against Persons and Property for the U.S. Attorney's Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee for the State of Montana, Indian Action Council and member of the Executive Committee of the same.

Jack loved riding and training his horses and hunting. He enjoyed playing handball, bridge, cribbage and gin rummy. Jack loved studying the Bible and found comfort in the hope for the resurrection. He thanked his God Jehovah for every day he lived, and for His son, Jesus Christ, for his ransom sacrifice for mankind.

He was a loving, devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. Jack is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cornelia "Nita", daughters, Dianne (Loran) Rowe, of Bellevue, WA., Sharlee (Gary) Nichol of Snohomish, WA., son, Jack R. (Barbara) Anderson of Seattle, WA., stepdaughters Nancy Hampton of Great Falls, MT and Sandra Ackerman of Louisville, KY, 10 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 8 step great grandchildren and brother, Robert (Marie) of Loveland, Co.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Frederick O. Anderson, one great grandson and one step granddaughter.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Jack's name to Peace Hospice, 1101 26th St. S., Great Falls, MT, 59405, or to the Great Falls Police Community Foundation, P O Box 3093, Great Falls, MT 59403

Funeral Home
Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory
1307 Central Avenue Great Falls, MT 59401
(406) 453-0315
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 19, 2014
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