Joseph AndersonMr. Joseph N. Anderson, age 86 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., formerly of Edwardsville, Il., passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at the Capital Region Medical Center.
Mr. Joseph N. Anderson, age 86 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., formerly of Edwardsville, Il., passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at the Capital Region Medical Center.
Joe was born May 12, 1926 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Joseph E. and Helen L. Larson Anderson. He was married on September 6, 1952 in Portland, Oregon to Ruth E. Anderson.
He graduated from Dassel High School in Dassel, Mn. in 1944 and from the University of Minnesota in 1947.
Joe served as a Corporal in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was employed as the Assistant Treasurer and Credit Manager for Gamble Skogmo, Inc. in Minneapolis, Mn. (1950 - 1963); President and Chairman of the Board of National Bellas Hess in Kansas City, Mo. (1964 – 1974); President of Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota (1975 – 1983); President of Dakota Bake-n-Serve (1979 – 1985); Vice President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Kansas City, Mo. (1986 – 1988); and Business Manager for Southwest Illinois Orthopedics in Granite City, Il. from 1990 until his retirement in 2004.
Joe was an Elder and Deacon in the Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Jamestown, and Edwardsville and then later became a member of the Troy Methodist Church in Troy, Illinois. He was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies through the University of Minnesota and a member of the Rotary Club in Jamestown and Edwardsville.
Joe devoted his life to, in order: His Lord Jesus Christ; his wife of almost sixty years, Ruth; his seven children; and his seventeen grandchildren. He followed the athletic endeavors of his children and grandchildren with great passion, and while health allowed, he enjoyed playing golf. He was a voracious reader, who loved to read and study the Bible.
Survivors include: his wife, Ruth Anderson; five sons, Peter J. Anderson and his wife Jody of Frontenac, Mo., Timothy W. Anderson and his wife Debby of Jefferson City, Mo., Paul D. Anderson and his wife Robin of Minneapolis, Mn., Matthew T. Anderson and his wife Nan of Greeneville, Tn., and Charles S. Anderson and his wife Angie of Kirkwood, Mo.; two daughters, Robin E. Cooper and her husband Matt of Kansas City, Mo. and Kathryn A. Gunn and her husband Pat of Pleasanton, Ca.; one brother, Dwight L. Anderson and his wife Elaine of Minneapolis, Minnesota; one sister, Janet Magnuson and her husband Albert of Maple Grove, Minnesota; and seventeen grandchildren, Joseph R. Anderson, Katelyn M. Anderson, James P. Anderson, Jack W. Anderson, Matthew J. Anderson, Grace A. Anderson, Paul C. Anderson, Daniel W. Anderson, Rachel E. Anderson, David T. Anderson, William W. Anderson, Margaret R. Gunn, Sean P. Gunn, Ashley M. Anderson, Michael C. Anderson, Samuel E. Anderson, and Jacob T. Anderson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services and interment with military honors will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2012 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. with the Reverend Dennis Price officiating.
A memorial service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2012 at the Troy United Methodist Church in Troy, Il. with the Reverend Dennis Price officiating. A visitation will immediately follow the memorial service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jamestown College (Attn: Bill Robb, 6082 College Lane, Jamestown ND 58405) to fund a scholarship in the name of “J.N. Anderson;” or to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Attn: Fred Olson, 8701 Leeds Road, Kansas City, MO 64129) to fund a camp scholarship in the name of “Joe Anderson.”
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary in Jefferson City, Mo.
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