OTTUMWA — Gene R. Anderson, 86 of Marion, formerly of Ottumwa, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.
Gene Richard Anderson was born Dec. 12, 1926, in Iowa City, the son of Eric Hans and Elizabeth Campbell Lambert Anderson. He married Lorraine Ruth Waldemer on Dec. 23, 1948, at Jordan’s Grove Baptist Church in rural Central City. They were married for 55 years. In his early years, Gene worked at multiple jobs, including farmhand, custom farming, trucking, blacksmithing, etc., until he landed a job on the railroad in 1951 and bought his own farm in 1959. He loved his career as an engineer on the Milwaukee Road and a farmer. Many of his great stories were from these years. Gene had a great allegiance to the ideals of the American Legion. He was a longtime and dedicated member (since 1958) of the Toddville American Legion Post # 674.
After retirement, Gene and Lorraine spent many years wintering in Arizona following the trap shooting circuit. Gene was a founding member of the Faith Christian Fellowship in Whittier/Springville. He often spoke of his faith in Jesus as his Savior and quoted his favorite verse – John 14:6 “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” Gene, with his perpetual smile and stories, will be greatly missed.
Survivors include three children, daughter Cheryl (Carl) Kissling of Toddville, daughter Cindy Bowers and son Wayne (Jodie) Anderson, both of Center Point; grandchildren, Sara Kissling (Steven Prochaska) of Cedar Rapids, Josh (Elisabeth) Kissling of Marion, J.W. (Bridget) Kissling of Toddville, Hannah (Charlie) Lydon of Belchertown, Mass., Laura (Andrew) Laird of Cedar Rapids and Jesse Anderson of Toddville; and great-grandchildren, Cuinn, Shea, Fionn and Isabelle Lydon, Liam Kissling, Wyatt and Zoey Kissling and Coralynne Laird.
Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine (2004), and their son and daughter-in-law, Wesley and Doris Koelker Anderson (1969).