OBITUARY

Russell Virgil Anderson

November 3, 1928January 16, 2012

Russell V. "Andy" Anderson Russell V (Andy) Anderson left his loving family Monday morning, January 16, 2012 to be with God, family and friends who passed before him. Andy was born November 3, 1928 to Chris and Laura Anderson in Chebanse, Illinois. Andy attended school in Chebanse, Ill and then The Rockville Township School. He worked for Kankakee Hay Co, Florence Stove Co then A. O. Smith in Kankakee before being drafted into the Army In 1951. Andy served his country for 20 years in the US Army and got to see many places around the world. While in the Army, Andy served 1 tour in the Korean War and 2 tours in the Vietnam War. While serving he received The Bronze Star for Ground Operations in the Republic of Vietnam from July 1964 to June 1965, he retired as a Sergeant. Upon settling in Yuma in 1980 Andy displayed his pride of service to his country by respectfully flying the American Flag at his home every day. Andy married Maggie Blair in 1991 and became a first time father of 4 adults and 4 grandchildren at the ripe young age of 63. Andy and Maggie are both active members of the Elks where Andy was recognized as Elk of the Year in 2001-02 and Officer of the Year 1997-98. In addition to these honors he was a Trustee for 5 years and was Chairman of the Investigations Committee for 17 years. Andy and Maggie also loved Jazz and would travel to San Diego every fall for the Annual Jazz Festival. Andy is survived by Maggie his wife of 21 years, daughters Diane ( Mark) Hansberger, Lynne (Mike) Pancrazi, Danelle (Dane) Palmer, son Dan Blair, and 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; brother, Don (Alice) Anderson, sister Marlene Ann Anderson, nephew Don (Elizabeth) Anderson. Services will be held January 28, 2012 at the Elks Lodge, 10 am with a reception to follow at the Lodge. Remembrances may be made to the Elks National Foundation or Hospice of Yuma in his name. Please sign the guestbook at www.yumasun.com/obituaries. Published in The Yuma Sun on January 19, 2012 Arrangements under the direction of Johnson Mortuary & Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Yuma, AZ.

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Linda Goertz

January 24, 2012

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

January 23, 2012

Maggie and family. Andy was such a wonderful person. I will miss him in church and I will miss hearing about his grandchildren. He was so proud of them. Marilynn Orman

Bernadine Nutt

January 23, 2012

We lost contact with you but have fond memories of you and have thought and wondered about you many times over the years, You will be missed and the world is a better place having you in it.
Bernadine (Schultz) and Bill Nutt of Sun City west, AZ.

laura woodman

January 22, 2012

WE are saddened to hear of this. Condolence to all of Andy's family.

Laura and Bob Woodman

N. Benoit

January 22, 2012

I am sorry to hear about your loss. I hope the love from your family and friends help you cope through this difficult moment. Remember that one day God will reunite us with the love ones we have lost and we will live forever in a beautiful paradise. Please have hope. Your family will be kept in my prayers. “May the God of all comfort grant your family peace at this time 1 Cor. 1:3, 4

Jean Stevens

January 21, 2012

Sympathies to you Maggie and family. He was such a nice man. Jean Stevens

Don and Liz Anderson

January 20, 2012

Aunt Maggie,

Liz, myself, and Hayden will be thinking of you. We all know that Uncle Russ is in a better place and looking down upon us smiling at us.

W Kent Foree

January 19, 2012

Maggie, we were very sorry to hear of your loss.

FROM THE FAMILY