Robert “Andy” Anderson, 83, of Jackson, passed away Friday, November 4, 2016, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home.
He was born December 9, 1932, in Orchard, Iowa, to David and Rosa Britton Anderson. He and Linda R. Brown-Sterling were married December 11, 1992, in Columbia, Missouri.
Andy was raised in Iowa and was a graduate of Charles City High School in Charles City, Iowa. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from April 11, 1952 to August 5, 1954. His area of expertise was air traffic control, earning his credentials at Biggs AFB and Keesler AFB. He later attended college in Arkansas, earning a BS in administration.
Andy was employed 42 years with the Federal Aviation Administration, primarily working in the states of Iowa, Missouri, and Arkansas. He was a flight instructor and a computer operator in air traffic control. Andy built several airplanes and was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
He retired in 1993, shortly after he and Linda were married. From the mid-1990’s to 2007, he and Linda enjoyed RV travel and primarily resided in the Rockport, Texas area. They moved to Jackson in 2007 and became members of the Cape County Cowboy Church in Oak Ridge and were active in the prayer posse. Over the years, Andy had picked up a knack for wood working and enjoyed serving as a volunteer carpenter when the Cowboy Church was in its construction phase. Until recently, Andy served as a volunteer at the Jackson Senior Center and continued to enjoy working with computers.
Survivors include his wife and best friend of nearly 24 years, Linda of Jackson; three children, Rose (Michael) Altom of the Western U.S., Roy (Christel) Anderson of Kansas City, Missouri, and Russell (Julie) Anderson of Cape Girardeau; Linda’s children, Jerry (Sheri) Sterling and daughter Hailey of Jackson, Melissa (Phillip) Wilson and daughter, Miranda of Sikeston, Missouri; and Max Johnston of Creston, Iowa, the husband of a much beloved niece, the late Kae Johnston.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and three siblings, Eugene Anderson, Mary Bjorgo, and Irene Lyons.
A memorial visitation will be held Tuesday, November 8, 2016, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at 5:30 p.m., with the Rev. Jim Matthews officiating.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Jackson Senior Center.
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