Celebrating the life of William Anderson
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Bill was born in Flint MI on February 22, 1921 to William and Alice Fleming Anderson.
As a youth, he served in the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), earning money to send home to his mother and building facilities in Sequoia National Park that are still in use today.
At seventeen, he joined the Navy, serving for twenty-two years, through both World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded the Silver Star for his actions aboard the USS Minneapolis during the Battle of Tassafaronga. Several years after retiring from the Navy, he began his second career as Chief Engineer at Methodist Medical Center, overseeing much of its expansion during the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Bill served on the Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, where he was a member for almost 50 years.
An enthusiastic golfer, Bill will be remembered by his many friends in the WC Fields Golf League.
Bill is survived by his dearly loved wife of twenty-one years, Margaret “Suzy” Shippee Anderson; his children, Richard Hansen (Marcia) of San Diego CA; Larry Anderson (Linda) of Garden Grove CA,; Mary Beth Flachman of Apple Valley CA; Sherry Schwabacher (Huey Kenmar) of Fayetteville GA; Steven Anderson (Deborah) of Le Mars IA; and Vickie Tilev (Engin) of Marco Island FL; 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, David; his two sisters, Mary Beth and Ruth; his cherished wife of forty years, Anna Meyer Anderson; and a grandson, Steven Goodwin Anderson.
A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral at 11:00 am Monday, November 22, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Special Olympics
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