INLAND TOWNSHIP — Bruce H. Andersen, 87, of Inland Twp., passed away surrounded by loved ones at his home on Nov. 18, 2013. Bruce was born July 21, 1926, in Redford, the son of Jence and Bertha (Rehbine) Andersen.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lana (Eversole); and brother, Ronald (Patricia) Andersen, of Michigan. Also surviving are his children, Eric Andersen, of Kaleva, Brian Andersen, of Grayling, David Andersen, of Arizona, Christian Andersen, of Falmouth, Kristina Andersen-Singer, of South Carolina, and Bruce Andersen Jr., of Interlochen; stepson, Scott Rowe, of Florida; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Earl.
Bruce graduated from Redford High and immediately joined the U.S. Army, serving in World War II.
Bruce worked for 23 years as a tool and dye maker, retiring from United Technologies of Traverse City. He went on to be a Benzie County Commissioner for Inland and Lake Ann Townships for 12 years.
He sat on many boards throughout the Grand Traverse and Benzie County areas, such as the Area Agency on Aging, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, Maples, Housing Commission of Benzie County, veterans counselor for “soldiers and sailors relief,” Benzie County Department of Veterans Affairs and Benzie County Commission of Aging.
He was post member of the VFW Post #7493 of Interlochen, VFW District Commander 13 (‘94 to ’95), VFW Post Commander (‘90 to ‘93) and a lifetime VFW member.
Bruce’s favorite activities in life were politics, gardening, nature, his family and any excuse for a joyous gathering.
Per Bruce’s wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at noon Friday, Nov. 22, at the Jowett Family Funeral Homes in Benzonia. Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.
Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Benzonia and Frankfort.