DONALD LESLIE ANDERSON, 88 ROCKFORD - Donald Leslie Anderson, 88, son of Alfilda (Charlson) and Leslie Anderson, was born Dec. 11, 1922, in Galesburg. He died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, surrounded by close family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Donald married Velma Marie Spencer on Feb. 25, 1950, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Galesburg. Don was a longtime member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rockford. He was an extremely talented woodworker and draftsman. He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad in Galesburg as a brakeman, then moved to Rockford to work for National Lock as a draftsman. He later moved to Fort Atkinson, Wis., to work for Moe Light as a lighting designer. Don returned to Rockford and worked for Amerock as a design engineer, and then moved to Owatonna, Minn., where he retired from Truth Hardware after 17 years of service as senior design engineer. He returned once again to Rockford in 1999. He devoted his life to his children and grandchildren, for whom no sacrifice was too great. He touched the lives of all who knew him and will be dearly missed. Survived by his loving children, Donald S. (Joni) Anderson of Rockford, Susan Anderson and Brian (Rebecca Broton) Anderson, both of Owatonna, Minn.; his adoring grandchildren, Jayde, Max, Nathan and Maddie; and sister-in-law, Betty Spencer. Predeceased by his dear wife, Velma, in 2009. The family would like to express appreciation to the incredible support of family members, especially Dave (Betsy) Spencer, Carol (Mike) Rogers, Leonard and Mildred Ann Swedlund, Bonnie Carlson, Romona Stickell and Alice Thurman, as well as the caring staff of OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Your love, support and faith have lifted us and enriched our lives, and we thank you. Service at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park, with visitation from 1 p.m. to time of service. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. For more information, visit sunsetfhmemgardens.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from July 13 to July 14, 2011