Gary James Anderson (1940 - 2016)

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Gary James Anderson was born Sept. 23, 1940, in St. Marys, Pennsylvania. He died suddenly on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, at age 75 from complications related to congestive heart failure.
He was the son of the late James and Sara Anderson and is survived by his college sweetheart and loving wife of 54 years, Nancy Dale Stitt Anderson, whom he married Nov. 11, 1961.
He was a 1958 graduate of DuBois High School and a 1962 graduate of Clarion State College.
Gary taught speech and American history for 36 years at the Butler Junior High School. He believed in making history come alive for his students. Known for his wit and tremendous sense of humor, "Mr. Anderson" was a staple of the yellow brick building for many years. Simply put, he was a born teacher who loved his profession.
Gary, a better-than-average golfer, was a member of the Triple S golf league for many years. He had many other interests. A long time genealogist who was in the midst of writing a book on his family history, he was also one of the founders of the Butler Genealogical Society. He enjoyed bicycling (Rails to Trails), watching sporting events, and going to the theater.
Gary enjoyed helping others and was an avid volunteer, especially for his church. For many years, he planned and helped with his church's community dinner and Senior Night Out. He was also an Elder and sang in the choir.
Gary volunteered for many years at Butler Memorial Hospital. A real "people person" he especially enjoyed the Ambassador Program where he could interact with the patients.
He and his wife Dale loved traveling and visited China, Thailand, Central America, and most of the European countries. The two of them had been to most of the states and National Parks. Many of their trips were made with their beloved grandchildren.
Anyone who knew Gary knew that he had a unique sense of humor. He was especially fond of writing funny letters with the sole intention of making people laugh. He was truly the king of satire, something his daughters learned early in life. They can all fondly recall his practical jokes and elaborate pranks.
Surviving are three daughters: Mrs. Jill Williams and her husband Mark, Mrs. Joy Ostaffe and her husband Jay, both of West Palm Beach, Florida and Mrs. Amy Baxter and her husband John of Gibsonia. Gary also leaves behind five grandchildren that lovingly referred to him as "Pop": Brent DeFillippo and his wife Madison, Lara and Chloe Williams, and Hunter and Maren Baxter. He also leaves behind two sisters, Gail Broniszewski and her husband Wally of North Tonawanda, New York and Brenda Saricks and her husband Joe of DuBois, Pennsylvania as well as six nieces and eight nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Sara Borland; his father, James L. Anderson; and his step-father, J. Hobart-Borland.
Following cremation, there will be a Celebration of Life, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at Hill United Presbyterian Church, 501 2nd Street, Butler, Pa. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. with a service to follow at 6 p.m. Gary's signature every-day look was always one of his many t-shirts, collected from around the world. To that end, the family asks that you please wear your favorite t-shirt as Gary would not want his Celebration of Life to be a formal occasion.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Butler Ambulance Service, 106 1st Street, Butler, PA 16001, the Hill United Presbyterian Church's Carol Swank Youth Education Fund, 501 2nd Street, Butler, PA or Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, P.O. Box 567, Kanab, UT.
Arrangements are being handled by Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, Inc, 124 East North Street, Butler, PA 16001
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Published in The Courier Express on Sept. 14, 2016