Bruce E. Anderson


DIXON — Bruce E. Anderson, 82, of Dixon, died suddenly on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

Bruce was born at home in Chicago on Nov. 21 to Roscoe C. and Mildred O. Anderson, Thanksgiving Day, 1940. Bruce started his schooling in Amboy, attending a one room school house for the first four years, and graduated from Amboy High School in 1957. He attended the University of Illinois for one year and then served in the Air Force from 1958 through 1962.  Bruce met Patricia L. Walker while visiting his mother at the Princeton Hospital while he was on leave. They were married on May 30, 1964 and enjoyed 59 years together.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, William and John Anderson.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of Dixon; daughters, Amy A. (Eric) Gard, of La Grange, and Elizabeth A. (Patrick) Bushman, of Dixon; and two granddaughters, Maggie Bushman (William Cooper) of Madison, Wis., and Gretchen Bushman of Knoxville, Tenn. He is also survived by his brother, Robert and sisters, Betty and Nancy Anderson, of Amboy, sister-in-law, Sandy Anderson, of Henry, and many nieces and nephews.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he served on the Council and committees for several years. Bruce also served on the Dixon Police Pension Board. Bruce obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Illinois University in business and worked at Borg Warner where he was plant controller. He later worked for Thermos in Freeport, Sensient Flavors in Amboy and Quebecor Printing in Mt. Morris before retiring in 2006. Bruce was a lifelong Cubs fan and enjoyed frequent trips through Lowell Park and Nachusa Grasslands to watch the wildlife. While he loved to fish, his stories about fishing outnumbered the fish caught. His day was not complete without finishing the Wordle and Nerdle and outscoring his family in Words with Friends. He will be missed.

Visitation will be from 9 – 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 11, Immanuel Lutheran Church, with the funeral service to be held at 11 a.m. Private graveside service for family only to follow.  Memorials can be made to either Dixon In Bloom, PO Box 127, Dixon, IL 61021 or Pavilion Memorial Fund, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1013 Franklin Grove Rd., Dixon, IL 61021. Arrangements by the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon.

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