Kenneth L. Anderson, 90, of 2323 Edinboro Road, Erie, PA passed away on August 7, 2013 at the VA hospital in Erie. Mr. Anderson was a resident of Springhill Retirement Village for the past two years and for the previous 63 years a resident of Waterford. He had been a long time member of Calvary Covenant Church, and more recently, Waterford Presbyterian and Edinboro United Methodist.
He is a Bronze Star decorated veteran of WWII and is credited, along with one of his fellow soldiers, with capturing 24 German soldiers at one time while serving in combat.
He is survived by Jeanne Potter Anderson, his wife of 68 years and four children – Kathy (Rick) Hammer of Wisconsin; Larry (Diann) of Illinois; Diana (Mike) Corner of Edinboro; and Dan (Kathy) of Illinois. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, David in 1976 and three brothers – Frances, Paul and Rolland, each serving in WWII together.
Kenneth was born in Kane, Pa on July 16, 1923, son of the late William H. Anderson and Viola Johnson Anderson. After graduation, he spent three years in the U.S. Army and moved his family from Warren to Waterford in 1950. He worked for Northwest Electric Company for 38 years as a master electrician, retiring in1982. He was a member of IBEW Local #56. He served on both the Waterford Township and Fort LeBoeuf school boards during a time of great growth. He was also known for his passion for singing and over the years performed as a soloist for over 50 area churches and several times sang the National Anthem for the Erie Sea Wolves professional baseball team.
Visitation will be held from 7-9 pm on Friday, August 9th at the Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford. Visitation will also be at Edinboro United Methodist Church at 10 a.m on Saturday August 10th, followed by services at 11 a.m with Reverend Lisa Grant, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Waterford Cemetery at 2:30.
Kenneth’s family is grateful for the wonderful care he received from the VA, especially the entire unit 5 team.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be sent to Mission Meadows Camp in Dewitteville, NY.