Barry Anderson, 78, of Carthage, Ill., died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at the Quincy Healthcare and Senior Living Center.
He was born June 16, 1943, in Rockford, Ill., the son of George Herman and Lorraine Shirley Jones Anderson.
Barry graduated from East Rockford High School with the class of 1961. He earned his B.A. degree in 1965 from Grinnell College, his Juris Doctorate in 1968 from the University of Iowa Law School, and his M.A. degree in law enforcement and justice administration in 1994 from Western Illinois University.
On Aug. 26, 1967, he was united in marriage with Phyllis Lichtenberg. To this union, three children were born, Robb, Seth and Kiersten. They later divorced. He married Portia Washburn on Oct. 28, 1999, in Hamilton, Ill. She survives.
Barry practiced law in Keokuk for over 30 years. He was elected Lee County Attorney and served as a magistrate judge in Lee County. He had been the chairperson of the Iowa Criminal Law Section of the Iowa Bar Association and an active member of the Indigent Defense Task Force in Iowa. In 1988 he became an adjunct professor at WIU until his hiring as an assistant professor in the LEJA School in 1993. He retired from WIU on May 31, 2015.
Barry enjoyed baseball and coached several different teams over the years. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and when it came to NASCAR he was a Jimmy Johnson fan. Barry had a strong interest in the death penalty and wrote an article "The Death Penalty in Iowa" for the book, "Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: Shaping Tomorrow's System."
Most of all, the time he spent with his grandchildren was priceless and the memories that were made will be forever treasured.
He is also survived by two sons, Robb Anderson (Ana) of Tepoztlan Morelos, Mexico, and Seth Anderson (Marcy) of St. Louis, Mo.; one daughter Kiersten Hensley (Shane) of St. Peter, Minn.; two bonus daughters, Gracia Murphy (Dan) of Keokuk and Tiffany Roller of Carthage; 11 grandchildren, Matias, Santiago, Agustin, Fletcher, Parker, Kennedy, Savannah, Georgia, Nolan, Harper and Ruby. He is also survived by two sisters, Judy Larson (Randy) of Rockford, and Sally Cordova (David) of Colorado, Springs, Colo.; several nieces and nephews; and his four legged companion, Addie Lou.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one grandson Teddy Murphy.
A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 at Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, with the Rev. Jerry Bown officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton, Ill.
Visitation will be held prior to the service Thursday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home with family meeting with friends at that time.
Memorials may be made to Keokuk Little League.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com.
Published by Daily Gate from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2021.