GRAND LEDGE — JD’s impact while on this earth is unparalleled. He shared his wisdom and values with young and old. He is remembered for his generosity, humor, intellect and contributions to so many lives.
JD was born in St. Johns to Don and Thelma Anderson. JD was the quarterback of Grand Ledge’s first undefeated football team and class president in 1941.
JD served as a lieutenant in World War II, piloting the B-29 bomber. He served in the Michigan National Guard for many years after the war.
After graduating from General Motors Institute he founded Anderson Archery in 1952. He was a pioneer in worldwide distribution and retail sales of archery products.
JD was past president and a Paul Harris fellow of the Grand Ledge Rotary Club, with 35 years of perfect attendance. He was former chief of the Grand Ledge volunteer Fire Department. JD often volunteered with local charities and food banks. He was a generous supporter of MSU and a member of the football TV broadcast team for many years. He was recognized as an honorary alumnus and a varsity S club member of Michigan State University.
A multifaceted individual, JD was an engaging storyteller, avid outdoorsman, golfer and taught each of his nine children to sail and downhill ski. JD was an avid collector of rare antiques, boats, cars and fire engines. He collected and assembled the only complete collection of Department 56 snow village.
JD’s greatest legacy is his large family, his nine children, Mike (Carol), Pat (Betsy), Michele (Shea) Bonhag, Bill (Dawn), Linda (Jim) King, Cindy (Evan), John (Mary Jo), Carol Jenks and Nancy (Rob) Deno; 27 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; his brother, Jim Anderson; the mother of his children, Shirley Toaz; and his wonderful caregivers, Helen Hautz, Rose Mills and Trudy Rose.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be today, Aug. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. Both will be held at Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.