Frederick J. Anderson — UPDATED
Frederick J. Anderson, 64, rural Peru, died at 1 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, at his home in Peru. He was born Oct. 28, 1958, in Wabash, to Herbert James and Mary Jane (Purdy) Anderson.
Fred was a 1976 graduate of Northfield High School and received his associate degree from Ivy Tech. He married Debra Hostetler on June 6, 1986, in Mexico. Fred had a lifetime career that he loved, working with his hands as a tool and die maker. This began while he was in high school, and he was nicknamed “The Wizard” by some. He ventured into his own business, Anderson Machine & Tool, in the early 90s and made many friends during this journey. He was a member of the North American Pool Shooters Association and enjoyed participating and playing in pool leagues in Wabash and North Manchester. He won several awards but was most proud for achieving the Newman Award for Sportsmanship. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, but especially loved spending time with his family, including his five dogs, and his friends
He is survived by his wife, Debra Anderson, Peru; three children, Valerie Parsons, De Leon Springs, Fla., Becky Anderson, Roann and Eli Anderson, Mexico; two grandchildren, Libby Parsons and Anna Parsons, both of De Leon Springs, Fla.; father and stepmother, Herbert (Beth) Anderson, North Manchester; sister, Barb (Tim) Mowery, Warsaw; and two half brothers, Gary (Charlotte) Anderson, Urbana and Mark Anderson, Wabash. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jane Anderson.
There will be a celebration of Fred’s life from 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2023, at Garden Gate Greenhouse, 3415 East CR 500S, Peru. Arrangements are by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heartland Career Center Precision Machining Program.
The memorial guest book for Fred may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.