Jerry "Andy" Anderson, 86, Topeka, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
He was born May 30, 1934, in Greenleaf, Kansas, the son of Leon and Ellen (McClaughry) Anderson and graduated from Greenleaf High School.
He was an Air Force veteran, stationed in Guam, serving as flight mechanic on the RB-36 Peacemaker.
Jerry was a maintenance mechanic at DuPont (later Flexel), retiring in 1995. He always cherished his DuPont family.
Jerry married Marcine Ann Hatesohl on August 25, 1957 in Greenleaf, Kansas. She preceded him in death on August 28, 2012. He was also preceded in death by parents and sister, Bonnie Kohlmeyer.
Survivors include three children, Kent (Susan) Anderson and their children, Chase, Cally, Cade, and Carstyn; Jay (Chris) Anderson and their children, Ethan and Ryan (Melissa); and Jerri Ann (Randy) Shields and their children, Brady and Alex (Tammy); two great-grandchildren, Maverick and Cruz. He is also survived by his sister, Marilyn “Red” Waterman; sister-in-law, Janet Hatesohl; brothers-in-law, Bob Kohlmeyer, Roland Tiemeyer; and many nieces and nephews.
Dad and Mom were inseparable; you could never talk about one without mentioning the other. They loved their family and were very generous, humble, and hard working. Together they enjoyed many friendships throughout their years.
While growing up on a farm he learned many mechanical skills. Jerry was the go to mechanic, anywhere from cars to lawnmowers – if it had a motor he could fix it.
Dad helped coach many of our Ken Berry baseball teams, where life-long friendships were developed.
In his spare time he enjoyed golfing with his buddies, family vacations with the Golden’s, spending time with his family, attending grandkids activities, going back home on the weekends, and walking at the mall.
After Mom passed, Dad looked forward to spending Sunday afternoons with Jerri Ann and Randy, relaxing and enjoying her cooking; eating lunch on Thursday with Jay, arguing whose turn it was to buy; playing cards with Kent, Susan, and the grandkids; and fishing with all the kids at Jay and Chris’s pond.
“Always work on being happy” ~ Dad
Jerry will lie in state after 12 noon on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Parker-Price Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 5-7 pm. A graveside service with military honors will be 11am Friday, October 9, 2020 at Prairie Home Cemetery.
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