Leslie Lowell Anderson
Passed away March 13, 2014 at home with his devoted wife Elena and family by his side. Leslie Lowell (Lowlie) Anderson was born on Nov. 24, 1928 in Pendleton, Madison County, Indiana to James Howard Anderson and Anna Sarah (Miller) Anderson. He was the youngest and last surviving member of this family.
Les enlisted in the Army when WWII started, however, too young to serve, was discharged soon after. He reenlisted when he came of age, and from 1950-1951 saw action in the Korean War on the front lines with Company G, 7th Cavalry Regiment, and the 1st Cavalry Division. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the American Army of Occupation ribbon. He also spent 6 years in the Air Force Reserve (1955-1961) as an air crewman on C-119 "flying boxcars."
He married Mary Catherine Raney, daughter of Raymond F. Raney and Mary Elizabeth Kirk on Oct 8, 1955 in St. Francis Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Les and Mary had five children. They resided on 30th St. between 1963 and 1980 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana where he worked days and studied nights on the GI Bill. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1973 from Purdue University at Indianapolis, Indiana. Les and Mary divorced in 1983.
In 1952, Les began his career at Naval Avionics Center (NAC). He started as a storekeeper and later held positions of Apprentice Electronics Mechanic (EM), EM, EM "Snapper" and EM Foreman. In addition to Branch Chief, he served as a NSC Field Representative for Operational Navy Aircraft Radar Systems. Les retired January 2, 1985 as Electronics Mechanic General Foreman and Branch Head. Les retired to Florida where he received a Master of Science-Allied Health Services degree in 1986 from the University of North Florida.
In 1991 he returned to Indianapolis where he lived out the rest of his life. He married Elena Kincaid March 21, 2007. Together they sponsored less privileged children from far off countries such as Peru and the Philippines.
Les is survived by his wife Elena, Greg and Regenna (Lyons) of New Palestine, IN, Scot and Terri (Anderson) Shaw of Grand Rapids, MI, Jeff and Pam (Conner) of Greenfield, IN, Doug and Darcy (Frazier) of Indianapolis, IN and Chris and Kelley Evans of Plano, TX. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Memorial graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Washington Park East Cemetery, 10722 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN. Flanner and Buchanan-Washington Park East handling arrangements.