Leo Anderson

June 17, 1941May 12, 2019

Leo Anderson, 77, of Davenport, passed away, Sunday, May 12, 2019 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Funeral services will be held at 12PM, Thursday, May 16, 2019 in The Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be held from 5-8 PM, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to The Davenport Fire Department Honor Guard or Davenport Fire Department Antique and Restoration Society. Burial with Military Honors will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Online tributes may be expressed at

Leo was born on June 17, 1941 in Davenport, the son of Edwin and Jane (Ade) Anderson. He was united in marriage to Laurel Gilbert in June 1966.

Leo was a proud veteran of the Navy Reserves and the Marine Corp. Because of this he was able to be part of two Honor Fights. He was also very proud to be part of the Davenport Fire Department. Leo made many lasting friendships with other members of the Fire Department and they could often be found at Hy-Vee for breakfast or their monthly dinners. During his younger years he coached Little League while his boys played. He was a Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes Fan. He enjoyed playing softball and bowling and making memories with his family on their yearly vacations around the US.

Those left to honor his memory include, children, Mike (Linda Sloan) Anderson, Kristina “Tina” (Kenneth Brown) Anderson, and Doug (Rachel) Anderson; grandchildren, Rachel and Hailey Anderson, Mitchell Midkiff, Josh (Celina Velez) Escobedo, and Ethan (Krisbel) Escobedo; sisters Donna Schebler and Wanda Hunnicutt; former spouse Laurel Anderson; and several special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Scott and sisters Linda Goff and Mary Miller.


  • Bob Sass, Pallbearer
  • Dave Helfrich, Pallbearer
  • Jerry Schulz, Pallbearer
  • Mike Anderson, Pallbearer
  • Doug Anderson, Pallbearer
  • Danny DeDecker, Pallbearer

  • Davenport Fire Department Honor Guard
  • Davenport Fire Department Antique and Restoration Society


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 16, 2019


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Mark Frese

May 16, 2019

Leo was one of those firefighters that every one liked and admired. Great firefighter, hard worker, never backed away until his injury prohibited him from remaining on a fire apparatus. The years I worked with Leo, Dick Radeach and Russ Andrews at Station Four were some my most memorable. Always had a good time. I always seemed to run in to him at Hyvee on West Locust and he would provide all the scuttlebutt from the previous monthly retiree breakfast. He would provide an update on his chronic back issues and was looking forward to getting some relief with the scheduled surgery in Iowa City. I was shocked when I heard the news that he passed .I am so sorry I was unable to attend the visitation and funeral.
I fill honored to know to have known him and will always call him a friend. He will be missed and he will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

Jeanita Harris

May 13, 2019

To Leo's Family

Your Dad and grandpa will be greatly missed. I will miss his dry sense of humor and his ability to irritate the devil out of me. He was there for me when I lost my husband along with all of our other friends from the department. We had great times at our weekly dinners. There will be a empty spot at the table that will not be filled. He cared so much for his family.

Take care remember him with love.