Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 13, 2013

George W. Anderson

NORTHPORT — George W. Anderson, 84, of Northport, passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at Munson Medical Center.

George was born on Jan. 22, 1929, in Northport, the son of Louis and Murial (Wrisley) Anderson. On Oct. 25, 1960, in Detroit, he married Carolyn Travis, who survives.

George served our nation during the Korean War in the U.S. Army as a Transport Sergeant. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery at the battle of Pork Chop Hill.

After an honorable discharge George spent the rest of his life as a businessman and entrepreneur in Northport.

The Andersons had the Village store in Northport, Country Store at Sugarloaf Mountain, the Depot restaurant in Northport and the George W. Anderson insurance agency in Northport.

George was active with many, many community organizations and activities, including Trinity church, the Masonic lodge, S.C.O.R.E., Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Northport Farmers Market, Run for Fun cancer race, voters board, volunteer fire fighter and many others.

In addition to his loving wife of 53 years, George is survived by his sons, Charles W. and Andrew T. Anderson; grandchildren, Rachel and Jared; great-granddaughter, Lyla; cousin, Albert Wrisley; and brother-in-law, George Basta.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Eloise Basta.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, until the start of the noon funeral service, at Trinity Church of the United Church of Christ in Northport. The Rev. Karen Fenne will officiate. Burial will follow at Leelanau Township Cemetery. A luncheon will be held after the service at the Leelanau Township Firehall in Northport.

Memorials may be directed to the Boy Scouts of America, Scenic Trails Council, 1499 Business Park Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686-8741.

Please share memories with George’s family at their online obituary at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

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