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Walter R. Anderson Jr.


1931 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Anderson Walter R. Anderson Jr., affectionately known as Bud, Walt, Andy, Dad, or Tic-Toc, age 85 of Westerville, formerly of Rocky River (Cleveland), passed away peacefully on Monday, July 3, 2017 at the Villages of Westerville Retirement Center. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 30, 1931 as the only child to the late Walter R. and Margaret (Higgins) Anderson. He graduated from West Tech High School in 1949, attended John Carroll University and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace University. He served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard and was stationed in Alameda, CA before heading to Japan during the Korean War. He finished out his service in Cleveland, Ohio where he started his career in real estate for Ackerer Real Estate. Walt spent over 53 years with the New York Life Insurance Co., and had his own financial advisor agency, Financial Consulting and Real Estate Management, LLC. He met his lifelong love and wife, Lois York, at the St. Ignatius Church dance. They were married on November 14, 1953 and had been married for over 65 years. Walt worked hard throughout his life for his wife and three daughters. Together, Walt and Lois instilled the family values of honesty, togetherness, integrity, and hard work. Andy's love for cars, buying and selling them, went from a pastime to become the Hobby Leasing Co. Thanks to his investments with his very knowledgeable wife, Lois and his longtime partner, Dr. Hoh, he assembled a sizeable portfolio of apartments. He was considered an excellent and fair apartment manager by tenants. While serving in the Coast Guard, he became good friends with Arnold Palmer. After Andy shot a hole-in-one he decided to sunset his golfing career and get back to boating. Andy spent many years enjoying boating on Lake Erie with Lois and his family. His family will always remember the great weekends at Catawba Island Club and the Vermillion Lagoons. He was loved by many for his funny sense of humor, laughing at his own jokes and his sincere disposition. Over 3 years ago, when he and Lois moved to Westerville to be closer to family, his sense of humor lightened up the Villages as he became known as King Tut. He also loved to try and fix things before replacing anything. We will miss him! Walt is preceded in death by his oldest daughter Sandra Anderson Polgar (2013). He is survived by his dear wife, Lois; daughters, Linda Hondros (John Hondros) and Kimberly Ness (Brad Ness); and son-in-law, Tim Polgar; and his eight grandchildren, Alex, Aimee, Augusta, Hunter, Kelly, Hobie, Cody, and Morgan (Denise). Friends may call at the RUTHERFORD FUNERAL HOME AT POWELL, 450 West Olentangy St in Powell on Thursday July 6, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and from 9-10 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2017 at St Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 313 North State St Westerville, where a mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. The family will conduct a memorial service in Cleveland at a later date. Condolences to www.rutherfordfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the or St. Jude' Hospital.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 5, 2017
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