James R. Anderson

James R. Anderson, a lifelong resident of Stow, died in Boulder, Colorado on November 21st after a brief illness. He was 94. At the time of his death he and his wife of 66 years, Janet (Beidler) Anderson, were visiting their daughter Joan in Colorado.

Mr. Anderson, a decorated World War II veteran, served as a forward observer in the 1st Armored Division in North Africa and Italy. He was a familiar face around Stow, loved by all for his ready sense of humor, down-to-earth kindness, and irresistible good looks. Jim worked for many years as a well driller for J.R. Anderson Well Drilling, started by his father in 1919. Both Jim and Janet have been active for decades at the First Christian Church in Stow; after many years of community service, they were honored as Grand Marshalls for Stow's 4th of July parade in 2001.

Besides his beloved wife, Janet, Jim leaves his two daughters, Joyce Anderson Becker and her husband Larry Becker of Derwood, Maryland, Joan Anderson and her husband Robert Spellman of Boulder, Colorado; grand-daughters, Katie Becker of Gaithersburg, Maryland and Maggie Macomber and her husband Steve Macomber of Charlotte, North Carolina; a great-granddaughter, Zoë Macomber; a great-grandson, James Becker Macomber of Charlotte; a favorite niece and cookie enabler, Kristine Fischer Romano of Stow, along with many nieces, nephews, and beloved friends in Ohio, Texas, Montana, Florida, and Arizona.

There will be a memorial service at the First Christian Church in Stow to be announced in 2012. Please share thoughts, memories, and condolences and sign the guestbook at:


Funeral Home

Crist Mortuary
3395 Penrose Place Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 442-4411

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Nov. 24, 2011