Andrew “Andy” Anderson, 76, of Highland died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 13 and and from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 14 at the Meridith Funeral Home in Highland. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 14 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, with Father Charles A. Edwards, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland.
He was born April 8, 1938 in Agana, Guam, to Arthur and Felisa (Perez) Anderson. On Oct. 3, 1959, he married Roberta “Bobbie” Stimson at Scott Air Force Base. She survives in Highland.
After graduating high school, Mr. Anderson spent four years in the U.S. Air Force, serving all over the world before being assigned to Scott Air Force Base. He also worked for Volkswagen as a mechanic/service writer for more than 20 years.
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Mr. Anderson was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 1580 in Highland, 4th Degree Assembly, and the Knight Time Singers. He also attended Cursillo.
He was a member of the Midwest Coinshooters and Historical Club for metal-detecting, which he loved.
He was involved for more than 40 years in Boy Scouts of America. He served as a scoutmaster for Troop 63 and a committeeman for Troop 1040. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow and had received the Silver Beaver Award.
He loved playing the ukulele and collecting them. He loved to grow hot peppers. He really enjoyed teaching T’ai Chi Chih with his wife and had done so for the past 15 years. He loved being a grandpa. He loved to tease. He always had a big smile on his face.
Other survivors include sons, Andrew “Drew” Anderson of Godfrey and Alan (Karen) Anderson of Edwardsville; grandchildren, Ethan and Owen Anderson; a sister, Julia Medina Anderson of Long Beach, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Patricia (Delbert) Henderson of Troy, Rose Manibusan Anderson, Maria Salas Anderson and Elizabeth Blas Alderson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Arthur Gifford Anderson, Anthony Lucian Anderson and Franklin George Anderson; and sisters, Evangeline Anderson and Rosa Perez Anderson.