Joseph N. Anderson
May 12, 1926 - July 04, 2012
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Troy United Methodist Church in Troy, Illinois
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Joseph N. Anderson, age 86 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., formerly of Edwardsville,
Il., passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at the Capital Region Medical Center.
was born May 12, 1926 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Joseph E. and Helen
L. Larson Anderson. He was married on September
6, 1952 in Portland, Oregon to Ruth E. Anderson.
graduated from Dassel High School in Dassel, Mn. in 1944 and from the
University of Minnesota in 1947.
served as a Corporal in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
was employed as the Assistant Treasurer and Credit Manager for Gamble Skogmo,
Inc. in Minneapolis, Mn. (1950 - 1963); President and Chairman of the Board of
National Bellas Hess in Kansas City, Mo. (1964 – 1974); President of Jamestown
College in Jamestown, North Dakota (1975 – 1983); President of Dakota
Bake-n-Serve (1979 – 1985); Vice President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
in Kansas City, Mo. (1986 – 1988); and Business Manager for Southwest Illinois
Orthopedics in Granite City, Il. from 1990 until his retirement in 2004.
was an Elder and Deacon in the Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Jamestown,
and Edwardsville and then later became a member of the Troy Methodist Church in
Troy, Illinois. He was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma
honor societies through the University of Minnesota and a member of the Rotary
Club in Jamestown and Edwardsville.
devoted his life to, in order: His Lord Jesus Christ; his wife of almost sixty
years, Ruth; his seven children; and his seventeen grandchildren. He followed the athletic endeavors of his
children and grandchildren with great passion, and while health allowed, he
enjoyed playing golf. He was a voracious
reader, who loved to read and study the Bible.
include: his wife, Ruth Anderson; five sons, Peter J. Anderson and his wife
Jody of Frontenac, Mo., Timothy W. Anderson and his wife Debby of Jefferson
City, Mo., Paul D. Anderson and his wife Robin of Minneapolis, Mn., Matthew T.
Anderson and his wife Nan of Greeneville, Tn., and Charles S. Anderson and his
wife Angie of Kirkwood, Mo.; two daughters, Robin E. Cooper and her husband
Matt of Kansas City, Mo. and Kathryn A. Gunn and her husband Pat of Pleasanton,
Ca.; one brother, Dwight L. Anderson and his wife Elaine of Minneapolis,
Minnesota; one sister, Janet Magnuson and her husband Albert of Maple Grove,
Minnesota; and seventeen grandchildren, Joseph R. Anderson, Katelyn M.
Anderson, James P. Anderson, Jack W. Anderson, Matthew J. Anderson, Grace A.
Anderson, Paul C. Anderson, , Daniel W. Anderson, Rachel E. Anderson, David T.
Anderson, William W. Anderson, Margaret R. Gunn, Sean P. Gunn, Ashley M.
Anderson, Michael C. Anderson, Samuel E. Anderson, and Jacob T. Anderson.
was preceded in death by his parents.
services and interment with military honors will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Monday,
July 16, 2012 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. with
the Reverend Dennis Price officiating.
memorial service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2012 at the Troy
United Methodist Church in Troy, Il. with the Reverend Dennis Price
officiating. A visitation will immediately follow the memorial service at the
lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jamestown College
(Attn: Bill Robb, 6082 College Lane, Jamestown ND 58405) to fund a
scholarship in the name of "J.N. Anderson;" or to the Fellowship
of Christian Athletes (Attn: Fred Olson, 8701 Leeds Road, Kansas City, MO
64129) to fund a camp scholarship in the name of "Joe Anderson.”
arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
Jefferson City, MO
Jul 15, 2012 13:12 PM
|Tim--My heart goes out to you and your family on the loss of your dad. I know well how much you loved and respected your father. I remember talking to him on the phone on several occasions. My thoughts and prayers are with you. "Weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning." Psalm 30:5
Julie Barron-Arneson family
Jul 14, 2012 22:46 PM
|To Paul, Robin and family: We are sorry for you loss and hope that good memories lift your hearts. Your Dad will no doubt be watching over you all, remember the best of times and forget the rest. May God's Peace encompass you all at this difficult time.
Julie and Dave Arneson and family
Linda and Ron Jones
Kansas City, MO
Jul 12, 2012 21:06 PM
|Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Anderson family; with special thoughts for Robin, Kathy and Charles as they prepare for a difficult day. Your father was a wonderful role model and respected by many. Love you!
(From the Oak Park High School days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Jul 09, 2012 18:54 PM
|I loved the occasional opportunity to visit the Anderson home in Kansas City, Missouri as a child. Sitting around the large family table Joes's presence was large ... he was demanding, sharp, funny. What I remember most was how his genuine pride and love of his family was evident. It struck me as such a wonderful combination -- firmness with such deep care. I will always hold in my heart how surprised and delighted I was that his affection was also available for me, a friend of one of his children. I hold these memories of Joe in my heart and I'm thankful.
Bradley & Phyllis Harris
Jul 09, 2012 11:27 AM
|Dearest Ruth, Anderson Children & Grandchildren,
We want to express our deepest sympathy and love at the passing of your dear husband, father and grandfather. We love Joe and thank the Lord Jesus for saving Him, and for taking him Home. Our hearts are broken for you and you will be in our prayers day and night for our Lord's peace, comfort, strength and assurance.
This moment of sorrow can never be compared with the joy in the reunion which is coming soon.
"Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven; inasmuch as we, having put it on, shall not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed, but to be clothed, in order that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight)-- we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord." 2 Cor 4:16 - 5:8
We have this promise from Jesus...
"I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:25-26
We love you our precious friends, and we are praying for you and your family.
In Jesus Love & Life,
Bradley & Phyllis Harris
OVERLAND PARK, KS
Jul 09, 2012 09:08 AM
|What Hope for Dead Loved Ones?
“If a man die, shall he live again?” asked the man Job long ago. (Job 14:14, King James Version) Perhaps you, too, have wondered about this. How would you feel if you knew that a reunion with your loved ones was possible right here on earth under the best of conditions?
Well, the Bible makes the promise: “Your dead ones will live. . . . They will rise up.” And the Bible also says: “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.”—Isaiah 26:19; Psalm 37:29.
To have real confidence in such promises, we need to answer some basic questions: Why do people die? Where are the dead? And how can we be sure they can live again?
Death, and What Happens When We Die
The Bible makes it clear that God did not originally intend for humans to die. He created the first human pair Adam and Eve, placed them in an earthly paradise called Eden, and instructed them to have children and extend their Paradise home earth wide. They would die only if they disobeyed his instructions.—Genesis 1:28; 2:15-17.
Lacking appreciation for God’s kindness, Adam and Eve did disobey and were made to pay the prescribed penalty. “You [will] return to the ground,” God told Adam, “for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19) Before his creation Adam did not exist; he was dust. And for his disobedience, or sin, Adam was sentenced to return to dust, to a state of nonexistence.
Death is thus an absence of life. The Bible draws the contrast: “The wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life.” (Romans 6:23) Showing that death is a state of total unconsciousness, the Bible says: “For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5) When a person dies, the Bible explains: “His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; in that day his thoughts do perish.”—Psalm 146:3, 4.
However, since only Adam and Eve disobeyed that command in Eden, why do we all die? It is because all of us were born after Adam’s disobedience, and so we all inherited sin and death from him. As the Bible explains: “Through one man [Adam] sin entered into the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men.”—Romans 5:12; Job 14:4.
Yet someone may ask: ‘Don’t humans have an immortal soul that survives death?’ Many have taught this, even saying that death is a doorway to another life. But that idea does not come from the Bible. Rather, God’s Word teaches that you are a soul, that your soul is really you, with all your physical and mental qualities. (Genesis 2:7; Jeremiah 2:34; Proverbs 2:10) Also, the Bible says: “The soul that is sinning—it itself will die.” (Ezekiel 18:4) Nowhere does the Bible teach that man has an immortal soul that survives the death of the body.
How Humans Can Live Again
After sin and death entered the world, God revealed that it was his purpose that the dead be restored to life by means of a resurrection. Thus the Bible explains: “Abraham . . . reckoned that God was able to raise [his son Isaac] up even from the dead.” (Hebrews 11:17-19) Abraham’s confidence was not misplaced, for the Bible says of the Almighty: “He is a God, not of the dead, but of the living, for they are all living to him.”—Luke 20:37, 38.
Yes, Almighty God has not only the power but also the desire to resurrect persons whom he chooses. Jesus Christ himself said: “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”—John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15.
Not long after saying this, Jesus met a funeral procession coming out of the Israelite city of Nain. The dead young man was the only child of a widow. On seeing her extreme grief, Jesus was moved with pity. So, addressing the corpse, he commanded: “Young man, I say to you, Get up!” And the man sat up, and Jesus gave him to his mother.—Luke 7:11-17.
As in the case of that widow, there was also great ecstasy when Jesus visited the home of Jairus, a presiding officer of the Jewish synagogue. His 12-year-old daughter had died. But when Jesus arrived at Jairus’ home, he went over to the dead child and said: “Girl, get up!” And she did!—Luke 8:40-56.
Later, Jesus’ friend Lazarus died. When Jesus arrived at his home, Lazarus had been dead for four days. Although deeply grieved, his sister Martha expressed hope, saying: “I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” But Jesus went to the tomb, ordered the stone to be removed, and called: “Lazarus, come on out!” And he did!—John 11:11-44.
Now think about this: What was Lazarus’ condition during those four days he was dead? Lazarus did not say anything about being in a heaven of bliss or a hell of torment, which surely he would have done if he had been there. No, Lazarus was completely unconscious in death and would have remained so until “the resurrection on the last day” if Jesus had not then restored him to life.
It is true that these miracles of Jesus were of only temporary benefit, since those that he resurrected died again. However, he gave proof 1,900 years ago that, with God’s power, the dead really can live again! So by his miracles Jesus showed on a small scale what will take place on earth under the Kingdom of God.
When a Loved One Dies
When the enemy death strikes, your grief can be great, even though you may hope in the resurrection. Abraham had faith his wife would live again, yet we read that “Abraham came in to bewail Sarah and to weep over her.” (Genesis 23:2) And what about Jesus? When Lazarus died, he “groaned in the spirit and became troubled,” and shortly afterward he “gave way to tears.” (John 11:33, 35) So, when someone you love dies, it does not show weakness to cry.
When a child dies, it is particularly hard for the mother. Thus the Bible acknowledges the bitter grief that a mother can feel. (2 Kings 4:27) Of course, it is difficult for the bereaved father as well. “O that I might have died, I myself, instead of you,” lamented King David when his son Absalom died.—2 Samuel 18:33.
Yet, because you have confidence in the resurrection, your sorrow will not be unrelenting. As the Bible says, you will “not sorrow just as the rest also do who have no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13) Rather, you will draw close to God in prayer, and the Bible promises that “he himself will sustain you.”—Psalm 55:22.
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Paul and Lorie Anderson family
Jul 08, 2012 15:44 PM
|Our condolences to Joe's wife Ruth and their family in this time of bereavement.
Joe was a kindly man and wonderful brother-in-law and uncle who "walked-the-walk" of his Christian testimony.
It is sad that Joe was not healthy in his last years but we are thankful that he is no longer in pain and at home with his heavenly Father
Our entire family sends our love to our sister and aunt, Ruth, and her family. May God comfort them in this time of loss.
Awad & Yvonne Ismir
Overland park, KS
Jul 08, 2012 11:44 AM
|Our deepest sympathy at the passing of your dear husband, father, grandfather & friend.
May God bless you with His Peace & Comfort.
Awad & Yvonne Ismir