He was born Feb. 13, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., to Rudolph C. and Viola Fern (Longenecker) Anderson. On June 11, 1981, he married Marcia Colleen Marlatt in Milford, Ind.
He began working as a general laborer at Sun Metal Products and retired 43 years later in 1998 as vice president/general manager; was able to travel extensively throughout the United States and Europe for the company; went to China during the last part of his career. One of his high moments came when he drove a BMW motorcycle at 180 mph on a test track in Germany.
Anderson spent the first 12 years of his life in Chicago helping run his dad’s filling station and parking garage – which catered to ritzy customers. This was the beginning of his lifelong affection for cars. He and his mother moved to Warsaw where he attended eighth grade at Atwood, graduated salutatorian in Warsaw High School’s class of 1953, attended Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Indiana. He spent summers on his uncle’s farm near Rossville and was a member of Dutchtown Brethren Church where he served as treasurer. He was a former member of Warsaw Brethren Church where he served as a moderator, trustee and taught Sunday School. He loaned his beautiful voice and sang bass with Praisegiving Quartet for several years, was a faithful prayer warrior, had a love for motorcycles from the age of 17 and continued owning and riding Harley’s and lastly his Honda Gold Wing.
He was a charter Life member of American Motorcycle Association; bowled on teams for over 25 years; avid reader and domino player; jack of all trades (and master of none according to him); was one of the faithful Breadings Bums; die hard Cubs fan; he and Marcia enjoyed 31 great years going to Brown County and were blessed to have a vacation home there for many of those years. It was indeed their favorite place to go; looked forward to attending the Indianapolis 500 for nearly 50 years consecutively. Mario Andretti was his favorite driver; for many years he and Marcia collected vintage cars and travelled to many car auctions. As his disease progressed he became content to sit in his recliner watching sports and Fox News.
Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife: Marcia Anderson, Warsaw; a daughter: JoLynn (Rick) Mylin, Warsaw; a son: Michael (Stacey) Anderson, Warsaw; five grandchildren: Logan Anderson, Brad Anderson, Shelby Anderson, Kyler Mylin and Tayler Mylin; a sister-in-law: Ann Baldridge, Warsaw; two nieces: Danielle Brown and RoseAnn Brown, both of Elkhart, Ind.; a nephew: John Ford: Springfield, Ohio; three great-nephews: T.J., LaVon, Dominique; six great-nieces: Daitriona, Destiny, Makayla, Ariel, Destiny and Faith; several cousins and many friends, as well as Marcia’s Aunt Gwen and Aunt Edie; and his beloved cats: Betty Rose and Martha.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Rudolph C. and Viola Fern Anderson; mother-in-law: Rose Margaret Marlatt; and friend: (Uncle) George Zajicek.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Dutchtown Brethren Church, Warsaw, with Pastor Jack Worth. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Memorials may be made to Dutchtown Brethren Church, 4057 E. 300 N., Warsaw, IN 46582, OR Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN, 46581.