Edward Carl Anderson, 98, of Tuscon, Ariz., formerly of the Leland, Ill., area, passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 27, 2009, at the Northwoods Care Center, Belvidere, Ill., where he had recently become a resident.
He was born April 17, 1910, the son of Carl and Betty (Carlson) Anderson in Batavia.
Edward grew up in Elburn and attended local schools, graduating from Elburn High School in 1928.
Edward married Lillian Lindvall on June 14, 1941. They farmed for many years in the Elburn and Leland area, and for 16 years, Edward worked as a mechanic for a Leland implement dealer. In 1980, they retired and moved to Tucson, Ariz. Following Lillian’s passing in 2004, Ed continued to make his home there until a battle with cancer in 2008.
Edward was a faithful member and trustee at the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sandwich, Ill., and was a 32nd degree Mason in the Earlville Masonic Lodge. He was also a 50-year member of the Benevolent Protector of the Elks in DeKalb (B.P.O.E), as well as a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose lodges in Sandwich and Tucson.
Edward was a man of many talents. He was well read in many areas, but also was a sports fan and was especially devoted to the Chicago Cubs and was an avid fisherman.
He is survived by one son, Rodney (Rosemary) Anderson of Wakefield, Kan.; two daughters, Evelyn (Ron) Prasse of Freeport, Ill., and Susan Anderson of Chicago; four grandchildren, Kirsten (Jon) Schwartz and their children, Annika and Alaina and Amelia of Utah; Karen (John) Swalwell and their children, Linnea, Carl and Gretchen of Iowa; Rob (Julia) Prasse of Chicago, and Nate (Emily) Prasse and their daughter, Stella, of Pearl City, Ill.; one sister, Florence Lehman of Naperville; one brother-in-law, Fred Proctor of Elburn; many nieces and nephews and a family of friends from Illinois to Arizona.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Lillian; his parents, Carl and Betty Anderson; four brothers, Gunnar and Oliver Anderson, and Paul and Harold Anderson in infancy; and one sister, Alice Proctor of Elburn.
Visitation will be held Saturday, April 4, from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1022 N. Main St., Sandwich, followed by the funeral service at noon. The Rev. Gene Peiske will officiate.
View service webcast live at www.conleycare.com or as on-demand video in 48 hours. Cremation will follow and private interment services will later take place at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.
A memorial has been established in his name to benefit the American Cancer Society, the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church and other favorite charities. Checks may be made to the Edward Anderson Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL, 60119. Tributes and condolences may be mailed to the same address or e-mailed to the family through his obituary at www.conleycare.com. For information, call (630) 365-6414.