John Edwin Anderson, 89, of Normal, Illinois, passed away November 1st, in Normal, Illinois. Per John’s requests, cremation rites have been completed, and there will be no services. Immediate family will gather in early December. An informal open house is being planned for other family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements. John’s ashes will be buried at the Hinthorn Cemetery, Lake Bloomington.
John was born on January 26, 1933, in Saybrook, Illinois. He was the son of Enos B. Anderson and Lettie Jane Scarbeary Anderson. He married Helen J. Charles on June 15, 1954, in the U.S. Navel Chapel at U.S. Navel Air Station, Alameda, California. Helen died February 18th, 2003. They were married over 48 years.
Surviving are his children, John C. (Mary) Anderson of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Jane E. (Nigel Keen) Chamberlain of Downs, Illinois. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Katheryn (Mark) Tilley of Normal, Rachel L Hradecky of Chicago, Lucas (Veronica) Chamberlain of Chicago, Michael (Sascha) Anderson of Santa Fe, and Dr. Jennifer (Dr. Michael) Smith of Dayton, Ohio.
Also surviving are five (and one on the way!) great-grandchildren. They are Harrison C.A. Tilley, Winifred E. Anderson, Georgette B. Anderson, Hildegard R. Anderson, and Walter John Smith. John was extremely proud of his family. He is survived by his sister, Dorothy (Ron) Stewart, of Bloomington. His parents and two sisters Patsy and Donna preceded him in death.
John graduated from University High School in 1951. He played football and basketball, earning All Conference and Intercity selections. After graduation, John joined the Navy and served on Naval Aircraft Carriers USS Yorktown and USS Essex. After his service he was employed by State Farm Insurance as Manager in Statistics/Accounting for 35 years. He was a sports enthusiast and volunteered as an announcer, scorekeeper, and bookkeeper at Champion Fields in Normal. He was also a football and basketball official, and he volunteered for many years at ISU and IHSA volleyball and basketball tournaments. Most notably, he volunteered at Advocate/Bromenn for 27 years, with over 11,800 hours of service.
Memorials can be made to Carle Health Center for Philanthropy – Volunteer Services or University High School General Fund #7105267 - Athletics. His journey in life had taken him halfway around the world, twice, and to all 50 states, yet he always said, “I can’t think of a better place to live than where I am.” A very special thank you to his many friends, work associates, and neighbors.