Dennis Dean Anderson(1926 - 2013)

Dennis Dean Anderson, 87, of Independence, Mo., passed away Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Rosewood Health Center.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. this morning, Oct. 22, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence; with cremation to follow. The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the chapel.

Donations may be made in his name to the Groves Community Hospice or to South Crysler Restoration Branch.

Dennis was born February 11, 1926, in Van Wert, Iowa, to Clarence and Mary (Fessler) Anderson.  He spent his early life in Iowa and graduated from Van Wert High School before entering the Marine Corps, where he proudly served during World War II in several battles in the South Pacific. He was married to Leota (Eliason) on June 8, 1947, in Leon, Iowa, and lived in Grinnell, Iowa, for 12 years before moving to Independence 39 years ago. He retired in 1992 after 45 years of utility work in Gas and Electric distribution. He left Missouri Public Service in Lee's Summit as manager of transmission, substation and construction. He was a very active member and elder of the South Crysler Restoration Branch.

Survivors include his loving wife of 66 years, Leota, of the home; two sons, Douglas Anderson and his wife, Linda, of Kingsville, Mo., and Gregory Anderson of Independence, Kan.; a sister, Berneta Foland of Temecula, Calif.; 8 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

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Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel, 816-373-3600.

Funeral Home

Speaks Suburban Chapel
18020 E. 39th St. S Independence, MO 64055
(816) 373-3600

Published in The Examiner on Oct. 22, 2013