Anderson, John P. (1935-2013)
John P. Anderson, age 78, of Plymouth, WI, passed away early Wednesday evening (Dec. 11) at St. Luke's Hospital due to complications of open heart surgery.
John was born on September 10, 1935 in Janesville, WI, a son of the late Jerrold and Helen (Baird) Anderson.
He graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1953 and attended UW-Stevens Point.
John served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958 serving in the Korean War.
On November 7, 1959 he married Karen Tess at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. The couple resided in Sturgeon Bay for 6 years and then moved to Plymouth in 1966.
He worked at Watry Industries for 30 years retiring in 2000 and in retirement worked at Piggly Wiggly for 12 years as the winter bag boy.
John was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth serving as an usher, was the past president of the Home & School Association and was a chairperson for the fall festival for many years. He served as president of the Sturgeon Bay Jaycee's and was an active member in the Plymouth Jaycee's. John was one of the founders of the Plymouth Junior Football League and coached for many years.
He was a proud member of the Plymouth Lions club for 42 years and served on many of the boards within the club, including being chairman of the cheese stand for many years.
He served as an alderman for the 1st District in the City of Plymouth for 6 terms. John was the ambassador for the Quiet Woods South Camping Resort in Brussels, WI.
John lived for his 3 grandsons and cherished watching them at all their school activities, especially their sporting events.
Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years: Karen of Plymouth; One son: Jeff Anderson of Maryland; Two daughters: Patti Anderson of Kenosha and Amy (Mark) Albers of Plymouth; Three cherished grandsons: Ben, Zach and Brady Albers; One sister: Mary Anderson of Sturgeon Bay; Dear friend: Judy Neuman of Sturgeon Bay; Three sister-in-laws: Jerri Anderson of Arizona, Pat (Lynne) Wolfgram of Sturgeon Bay and Alanna Tess of Michigan and Special niece and Godchild: Lori Jandrain of Algoma.
Also survived by many nieces, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother: David; father and mother-in-law: Elden and Dorothy Tess; one brother-in-law: Tony Tess and one sister and brother-in-law: Donna (Ed) Austad.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday (Dec. 16) at 12:30 P.M. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. Rev. Dan Volkert, pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Friends may call at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth from 3-7 P.M. on Sunday (Dec. 15) and at CHURCH on Monday from 11:30 A.M. until the time of services.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in John's name.
The Plymouth VFW World Cheese Center Post #5612 will conduct military rites at the CHURCH following the services.
The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving his family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.
The family would like to send special thanks to the staff at St. Luke's CVICU Unit for all your care and compassion given to John.
Published in Sheboygan Press on Dec. 13, 2013