Monday, March 11, 2013

Richard Anderson - Paxton Lodge

Richard Anderson

PAXTON – Richard D. "Dick" Anderson, 90, a lifelong Paxton farmer, died at 12:55 p.m. Saturday (March 9, 2013) at Heartland Healthcare Center, Paxton.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 260 S. Union, Paxton, with the Rev. Craig Pinley officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cemetery, Paxton.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the church. Baier Family Funeral Services, Paxton, is handling arrangements.
Mr. Anderson was born July 25, 1922, at Paxton, the son of Elmer C. and Ellen M. Burklund Anderson. He married Dorothy A. Johnson on March 8, 1943. She preceded him in death on April 3, 1979. He married Shirley Blaser Keyes on Aug. 29, 1980, at the United Methodist Chapel, Rantoul. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Mariellen (Keith) Anderson of Geneva, Ill.; two sons, James (Mary) Anderson of Tampa, Fla., and Mark (Pat) Anderson of rural Paxton; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three stepsons, Jay (Tammi) Keyes of Santa Margarita, Calif., Jeff (Debbie) Keyes of Rantoul and Mark (Lora) Keyes of Rantoul; one stepdaughter, Nancy (Dean) Roessler of Rantoul; eight step-grandchildren and nine step- great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother in infancy.
Mr. Anderson attended Pleasant View Country School eight years and graduated from Paxton High School in 1940. He farmed his entire life northwest of Paxton.
He was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Paxton, where he had served as chairman of the board one year; also as trustee and deacon. He was a 50-year member of the Paxton Masonic Lodge, No. 416 A.F. & A.M., a member of the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau, a former member of the Paxton School Board for nine years and a member of the Loda Sportsman's Club.
He and his wife wintered for several years in Florida and Arizona. His hobbies included hunting and fishing.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Evangelical Covenant Church, Paxton, Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton, or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
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