Jerry Anderson


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December 20th

Jerry E. Anderson, 80, of Leesburg, IN passed away on December 20, 2011 from the effects of prostate cancer.  He was born on April 18, 1931 on Kokomo, IN to Frances & Ed Anderson.  He spent most of his life in Kokomo, IN where he attended Palmer Grade School, he was stage manager of the dramatic club, president of the junior class, Director of the 1949 Hullaballoo, and member of the National Honor Society.  He attended and graduated from Culver Summer Naval School during his high school years.  While there, he earned the bronze, silver, and gold Tuxus medals.  He earned the highest award for shooting, by the NRA – Distinguished Rifleman.  He was an excellent competition swimmer and diver and won numerous events in those sports over the years.  He was president of his class at Culver and had to turn down an automatic appointment to Annapolis so that he could attend General Motors Institute.  He graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He spent his entire working life at Delco Electronics in Kokomo.  During the Korean War, he spent 2 years in the US Army.  He was active in civic affairs.  During his lifetime, he coached church league basketball and flag football.  He was a baseball umpire for 30 years,  a director of the Kokomo Humane Society and Exalted Ruler of the Kokomo BPO Elks in 1965.  In 1953 he married Nancy Hill who preceded him in death.  They celebrated life through 55 happy years together.  Surviving him are his brother Charles Thomas, his daughter Kathy (Mark) Clary, son Jim (Mary) Anderson, son Tom (Joan) Anderson and 5 grandchildren- Jonathan, Melissa, Courtney (Kile) Brown, Stephanie and Joe.  In 2010 he and his grade school girlfriend Jerry Hardy were married in Estero, Florida.  They had several happy years together and Mrs. Jerry Hardy-Anderson survives.  A memorial service will be Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 3:00 PM at the Eastlund Funeral Home. Pastor Denny Wilson of the Warsaw Community Church will officiate.  Calling hours will be from 1-3 pm prior to the service.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Welfare League.


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