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Randy Anderson

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MARION - Randy Keith Anderson, 55, formerly of Marion, passed away at 8:13 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Memorial Medical Center of Springfield.

He was born on Saturday, Aug, 10, 1957, in Marion, the son of Kenneth Cecil and Josephine Marriah (Holmes) Anderson. Randy attended school in Marion and was a graduate of Marion High School in 1975. Early in his lifetime he became a member and attended Spring Hill Baptist Church, northeast of Creal Springs. Randy answered the call of this nation in 1978, by enlisting and serving in the United States Air Force.

During his lifetime, Randy had lived in many different parts of the country, but spent the majority of his time living in Florida where he was a landscaper for many years. Randy had a love for life and most importantly a love for people. He had an amazing sense of humor and a natural joy that was contagious to all who knew him. He spent his life surrounded by all that brought him the most joy; friends and family, travel, music, photography and his beloved pets.

He is survived by his mother, Josie M. Anderson of Marion; his twin sister, Sandy Odle and her husband, Phil, of Marion; and his older brother, Ken Anderson and his wife, Jane, of Marion. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Julie (Anderson) Morgan of Hinsdale, Laura (Anderson) Miles and her husband, Nathan, of Marion, Rebecca Odle of Marion, Rachel (Anderson) Brown and her husband, Nick, of Marion, Sarah Beth Odle of Marion, Elijah Odle of Marion, and Phoenix Odle of Marion; his great-nephews, Parker Miles of Marion, and Zach Morgan of Hinsdale; his best friend and constant companion, his beloved dog, Remy.

Randy was loved by all and had many very dear aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Randy's family would especially like to thank his cousin, Terry Simmons, for all of the love, care and support that he gave to Randy. Randy was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by all those who had the great honor of knowing him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Cecil Anderson; and his infant brother, Lewis Wendell Anderson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St. Marion, with the Rev. Scott Kallem officiating. Interment will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery located southeast of Marion in Williamson County. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

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Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Mar. 18 to Mar. 20, 2013
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