Fred Anderson


September 5, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Fred Ellis Anderson, 90, Iola, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at his home.

Fred was born July 24, 1922, in Sedgwick County, the only child of James Henry and Marie Agnes (Grant) Anderson. The family moved to Seymour, Mo., before settling in Iola where Fred graduated from high school and worked for Pet Milk. He attended one year at Iola Junior College before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed in the South Pacific and was awarded two Bronze Stars before he was honorably discharged.

On Nov. 10, 1945, Fred married Norma L. Meredith in Iola. They made their home in Iola where he worked as a bookkeeper for Bud White Motors and Cyrus Truck Line. Norma preceded him in death Jan. 19, 2005.

He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Iola, and the Iola American Legion Post No. 15. Fred enjoyed quail hunting and operating his ham radio.

He is survived by two sons, Jim Anderson and wife Clarita, Naples, Fla., and John Anderson and wife Jo Carol, Mesa, Colo.; three grandchildren, Jesse, Emily and Meredith; and a great-granddaughter, Naomi.

Parish rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Catholic Church, Iola, followed by the celebration of Mass at 10:30. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

Memorials  may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project and left with the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, which is in charge of arrangements.

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