Gerald "Jerry" F. Anderson, 77, of the Illinois Veterans Home, formerly of Ursa, passed away in his sleep after a short illness Thursday (June 27, 2013) in Blessing Hospital.
Jerry was born Feb. 9, 1936, in a farmhouse in Brooklyn, Ill., a son of Herschel and Edith Anderson. Jerry married the late Judy Bozarth on Dec. 26, 1953.
Jerry was a retired truck driver for Dot Foods and Ursa Farmers Co-Op.
He was in the Army, 1952-53, and served in the Korean War
He loved spending time with his family and visiting with his friends at the Ursa coffee shop. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife, especially to many square dance events worldwide.
Survivors include a daughter, Kristina "Tina" Hartman and husband, Mike, of Keokuk, Iowa; a son, Karl Anderson and wife, Amy, of Mendon; four granddaughters, Jessica Marie Cate and her husband, George, of Quincy, Kaitlin Anderson and her fiancÃ©, Brandon Shakespeare, of Jefferson City, Mo., Kelsey Anderson and her fiancÃ©, Gavin Harper, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Megan Anderson of Mendon; a great-grandson, Nolan Anderson Martin; and great-granddaughters, Jovi Marie and Rory Judith Cate; a sister, Pauline Oliver, of Albuquerque, N.M.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Judy; his parents; his sisters, Imogene Stewart and Marie Phillips; and a daughter, Karen.
SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the First Congregational Church in Mendon with the Rev. Dennis Gartung and the Rev. Jack Perdue conducting. Cremation rites have been accorded.
VISITATION: Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service Saturday in the church.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.