Carl J. Anderson, Jr., died Monday, January 28, 2013, peacefully at his residence of more then 57 years, after a long struggle with failing health. Born in Erie, Pa. on memorial day, May 30, 1930, son of the lateCarl J Anderson, Sr and Amy G Henry Anderson both of Sheffield, Pa. Carl grew up near 26th and Chestnut, loved spending his summers in Sheffield and was a 1948 graduate of Academy High School playing on the Football team and serving in the Naval Reserve during his senior year. He then enlisted August 16, 1948 in the United States Air Force, Completing his basic training in San Antonio, Tex. and was then stationed in Anchorage, Ala. during the Korean Conflict. He served with the 2595th Air Base Group with the rank of Sergeant and crew chief on B-17's and was in 10th Air Rescue Squad being Honorably Discharged on July 15, 1952. After returning home from the service Carl enrolled at Behrend College, when only one building made up the campus! He also began working for the U.S. Postal Service. He then worked for Kaiser Aluminum, was then a regional sale rep for Voss Machinery of Pittsburgh and in October of 1967 began his career at McInnes Steel Co in Corry, where upon he retired in 1992. At McInnes he was a Nuclear Sales Engineer and later the internal civilian quality controller for the Navy Nuclear program at McInnes. In retirement he worked for a year at the Erie Maritime Museum. He enjoyed bowling, was known for his amazing pool shooting, and was an exceptional ping pong player. Carl also played in golf leagues in Erie and Corry for many years. Carl was an avid reader. He was a member of Luther Memorial Church and served for a time as an Usher. He was most proud of being involved with the activities of his children and grandchildren from assisting in coaching various sports, scouting, giving rides or just being there to cheer and support. Most important to him was to push his grandchildren and great grandchildren to excel at all opportunities for education! Carl was extremely proud of his Service to Our Country and his connection to all veterans. He was a Past Commander, Service Officer and Quarter Master with the American Legion Post #11, a life member of VFW Post # 264 Corry serving on the Honor Guard, a Life member of the Disabled American Vets volunteering at the PA Soldiers and Sailors Home, American Legion 40/8 #462 serving as a PA Delegate many times and giving time at the VA Hospital. Served on the Veterans Advisory Committee for Congressman Phil English and Governor Tom Ridge's Veterans Advisory Campaign Committee. For many years he enthusiastically taught school children how to properly display and dispose of the American Flag. Carl was involved in many other veterans activities and political campaigns as a veterans representative. Carl was preceded in death by his parents and a baby sister in 1934 whom he joins again . He is survived by his wife of more then 58 years, the former Dolores Mae Bristol, they married on August 21, 1954 in Erie. Children: Darlee Duffin, Debra Hilinski (Keith), Diane Anderson (Larry McBryar) and son, Carl J Anderson III (Evelyn). He is further survived by nine grandchildren: Melanee Duffin, Hallie Hilinski, Kasey Hilinski, Lara Blake (Charles II), Cheyanne Gregorich (Michael), Jacob Anderson, Julie Burger, Autumn Anderson and Carl J Anderson IV. Also three great grandchildren: Meadow Duffin, Charles Blake III and Briseis Gregorich. There are a large number of cousins and many friends who also survive. All will miss his contagious laugh and interesting stories! Friends may call at the Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc, 2502 Sassafras St. Erie, PA 16502 on Monday, February 4th, with calling hours from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11:30 a.m., burial will be at Erie County Memorial Gardens with full military honors. The family requests flowers through the Floral Gallery 815 State St or in lieu of flowers memorials to; The Korean War Memorial Fund, c/o Robert Southard 601 Oregon Ave. Erie, PA 16505. Send condolences to www.kloeckerfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 2, 2013