Roy W. Anderson, age 90, was called home to the Lord on Sunday, December 21, 2014.
Roy was born in Clintonville, Wisconsin, on August 7, 1924, the son of the late Iva and Robert Anderson. Roy married his true love, Jean Blumke on June 22, 1945 when he was home on leave from the Navy during WWII. They moved from Clintonville to Weyauwega in 1950. He worked at Wolf River Sausage Company until they closed the plant in 1972, then worked for New York Life for two years before his 13-year employment with Hillshire Farms until retirement in 1988. He then worked part time for nine years at Fleet Farm in Waupaca. Roy and Jean were members of the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Weyauwega since 1950. Roy was a very proud and active military Veteran. He served on the troop transport ship USS Doyen in the Pacific during WWII from 1943-1945. A recent special highlight was going on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. with his son Gary in 2012. After the war Roy joined the Wisconsin National Guard 32nd Division, and was called to active duty in 1961 for a year at Fort Lewis, Washington, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He was also a member/life member of the Weyauwega VFW and American Legion, and served as Commander for both. He served on the Weyauwega Fire Department for 30 years, was a City Alderman, and was a charter member of the Wisconsin Ambulance Service for 12 years as an EMT. For many years he supervised and enjoyed ringing the Salvation Army bell at Christmas, along with his good friend Gordy Niemuth. Roy has six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Roy and Jean also took care of 41 foster babies and children throughout the years, many staying with them for long periods. They also rescued and enjoyed many loving dogs and cats through the years. Roy was certainly Mr. Congeniality, always friendly and everyone enjoyed his great sense of humor. He enjoyed hunting deer, going to their cabin near Phillips, and camping and fishing around Wisconsin and Canada with many special friends. He especially liked ice fishing with his buddies and family, and many a hamburger was enjoyed and poker hands were played at the ice shack. Roy was also a big Brewers and Packer fan and watched every game, but sometimes less of a fan when they were losing.
Survived by daughter Sandy (Jim) Merchant, Theresa, granddaughter Jennifer (Ben) Sheets, step-grandson Isaac, and great-granddaughter Iva Grace, in Ohio, and extended family Scott, Cheryl, Eric and Susie and their families; daughter Diane Anderson, Amherst, grandson Jesse (Becky) Landre, great-granddaughter Allison Landre, Waupaca; granddaughter Lacy (Eric) Sanford Milwaukee, and extended family Dan, Mary, and John, Nancy and Tom Landre and their families; Denise Anderson, the mother of Gary’s daughters, Weyauwega; granddaughter Kimberly (Brian) Roach and great-grandson Garrison, Stevens Point; and granddaughter Kristen Anderson and great-granddaughter Julia, Manawa, and Kristen’s special friend Clint and his children Jackson and Everly; brother Bob Mathews and wife Mary and their children, nieces, Marie, Margie and Michelle and families; nephews, Dan, Bob, and Tony Krysiak, and Jim Philbrick, Jr., and their families; Anderson nieces and nephews Don (Sharon), Jerry, Tommy, Roger (Pam), and Chris; nieces and nephews, Susie (Jim) Bartels, Wayne Smith, Carolee (Terry) Schandorf, Daryl (Mindy) Smith and all their families from the Rochester, MN, area; special foster children from the Waupaca area, Richard (Fran) Engle, David (Pam) Engle, and Carol (Steve) Buck, and their families. Roy is preceded in death by his loving wife and companion, Jean, who passed away in February of this year, a few months shy of their 69th wedding anniversary. Their son, Gary, also preceded them in death in September of 2013. A grandson, Jason Merchant, passed away in June of 1995. He is also preceded in death by his sister, Gert Krysiak/Philbrick, and brother Charles Anderson, parents and grandparents.
Special thanks goes to Dr. Jay Rust, Jody and the ThedaCare and AMC staff for their wonderful care and concern. Also many thanks to Butch and Carole Ponto for watching out for both Roy and Jean through the years when the family couldn’t always be there. A gathering of family and friends will be held directly at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Weyauwega on Monday, December 29, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Newlin Schafer officiating. Full Military Honors will be held immediately after the service, with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, any memorials will be given to the Veteran’s Honor Flight program in Roy’s name, and also to the Waupaca County Humane Society. The Cline-Hanson-Dahlke Funeral Home, Weyauwega is serving the family.