Alan R. Anderson, age 86, passed away Sunday, September 28, 2008, at his residence. Alan was born in Rockford, IL, September 30, 1921, son of the late Charles and Ruth Ninon (Nee: Arvidson) Anderson.
Alan graduated from Rockford High School in 1939, served in the United States Navy during World War II and graduated from Carthage College in 1950. On June 5, 1950, in Quincy, IL, he was united in marriage to Irma L. Niekamp from Ursa, IL. Alan and Irma began their life together in Carthage, IL, when he was employed by Carthage College in 1951. He served the college as Director of Admissions and then moved to Racine in 1962 to continue his work when the college was moved to Kenosha. Alan was appointed as the Administrative Assistant to the President in 1964, and also served as the Vice President of Development. After thirty five years of employment, he retired as President of Carthage in 1989. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree in 1988. As an active and longtime member of Bethania Lutheran Church, he also was involved with the Illinois Lutheran School of Theology and with the church synod work.
Alan was devoted to Kiwanis, being privileged to be one of the founders and charter members of the first Circle K Club in 1947. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club in Carthage, IL, and in Racine, and was elected Lt Governor in 1973. His civic activities in Carthage, IL, and Racine were numerous, including time as President of the board of the Red Cross and the board chairman of the Lincoln Lutheran Home. Alan loved the outdoors, his “hearts” group and traveling. Above all he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who will be dearly missed by them and numerous friends.
Survivors include his wife, Irma; his three children, Ross (Heidi) Anderson of West Bend, WI, Jolene (Michael) Morris of Palatine, IL, Jane (Jack) Spencer of Bristol, WI; his grandchildren, Peter (Emily) Anderson, Nicholas Anderson, Benjamin Anderson, Lise (Dana) McCarthy, Aaron Morris, Glenn Morris, Annika Nielsen, Erick Nielsen, Greg Spencer, Jeff Spencer; his three great-granddaughters, Maggie Mae and Delaney McCarthy and Clare Anderson. He is also survived by two nephews, Culver Smith of Rockford, IL and Charles Carlin of Northfield, MN; along with family members in Jonkoping, Sweden; and his sister-in-law Christine Fisher of Panoma, IL. There are other nephews and nieces that also will miss him.
A Celebration of his life will be held at Carthage College Siebert Chapel, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, WI, on Friday, October 3, 2008, at 3 p.m. A time of fellowship will follow the service at the college. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Bethania Lutheran Church, Carthage College-Alan and Irma Anderson Scholarship Fund or to the Kiwanis International Foundation have been suggested.
The family wishes to extend a special word of thanks to Dr. James Tierney and Wheaton Franciscan Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888