Thomas L. Anderson, 90, of Stockton, CA passed away of lung cancer on December 17, 2012 at home surrounded by his family. He was born on October 21, 1922 in Mattoon, Illinois to James and Martha Anderson. Tom served as a radio operator on the SS Mariscal Sucre and the SS Sinclair H C in the Merchant Marines during WWII including the Battle of Okinawa. He served on fueling tankers which he often referred to as "floating bombs". Tom worked as a Field Engineer and Telecommunication Engineer at Central Illinois Public Service (CIPS) in Springfield, Illinois for 29 years. In 1980 he began work as a Telecommunications Engineer at Southern California Edison in Rosemead, California before retiring in 1986. He continued working at a consultant for several years before he completely retired in 1990. Tom was an amateur ham radio operator for over 70 years, was a member of the Sacramento electric car club and the Veterans of the Battle of Okinawa. Tom enjoyed all his friends at St. Joseph's Medical Center Cardiac Rehab, having breakfast with the "old car" guys in Lodi and he couldn't pass up sharing a good joke.
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He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lucille (Yancy) Anderson, his children Charles (Linda) Anderson; Kim (Ron) Thompson; Doug (Jessica) Anderson; his grandchildren Thomas F. (Tina) Anderson; Chris Anderson; Zachary Thompson; Hunter and Regan Anderson; his great grandchildren Eli and Noah Anderson; Maliah Thompson; his sister Betilou Roy of Mattoon, Illinois and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside committal will be held on January 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm Cherokee Memorial Park in the Garden of Gospels, Hwy 99 & Harney Ln., Lodi.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Hospice of San Joaquin, especially Kimberly Martinsdias and Kristi Lobb for their exceptional care of Tom. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204-1953 or
, 207 E. Alpine, Stockton, CA 95204. Cherokee Memorial Funeral Home is honored to serve the Anderson Family. Please sign the guestbook at www.cherokeememorial.com
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Jan. 3 to Jan. 10, 2013