John I. Anderson, 79, of New Windsor, Illinois died Sunday, February 26, 2017 at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Private graveside services, with military rites, were held at New Windsor Petrie Cemetery. Memorials may be left in his name to Mercer County Relay for Life and forwarded to Dennison Funeral Home, PO Box 194, Viola, IL 61486.
John was born October 5, 1937 in Indianola, Iowa a son of Herbert and Kathryn Gustafson Anderson. He married Marigene Johnson on March 6, 1955 in New Windsor. She passed away Feb. 13, 2017. From 1956-1960, John served in the United States Air Force with Strategic Air Command as a Tail Gunner on the B-36 and B-52. For over 30 years, he worked as an assembler at John Deere Harvester, East Moline, IL, retiring in 1988. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, New Windsor, Mercer County 911 Board and Rivoli Township Fire Protection District, where he served as Chief for several years. John was an avid duck hunter as well as an accomplished pistol marksman and trap-shooter.
Those left to cherish his memory are his children: James (Deb) Anderson, Aledo, IL, John (Jason Epp) Anderson, Brighton, CO and Amy (Jason) Molburg, New Windsor, IL; grandchildren: Amanda (Brock) Bormann, Aaron Anderson, Andrew (Ashley) Anderson, Jonathan Molburg and Emma Molburg; great grandchildren: Addison Bormann, Kellen Bormann, Briley Jo Anderson and Cohen Anderson; brother: Dick Anderson, Sherrard, IL and 4 nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and brother: Bob Anderson.
Online condolences may be left at www.dennisonfuneralhome.com.