Friday, July 15, 2011


AGE: 88

ADDRESS: Mink Capital Terrace #50 Medford City of Medford Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:55 A.M. Wednesday, July 13 at the Memorial Nursing and Rehab. Center, Medford surrounded by his loving family

A MEMORIAL RECEPTION: will be held at Florena Supper Club on Highway 13 in Medford from 1 to 4 p.m. on August 13

PLACE OF BURIAL: Cremainal Inurnment will take place in Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby, Minnesota

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 25, 1922 in Crosby, Minnesota

EDUCATION: Graduate of Crosby-Ironton High School Crosby, Minnesota

MARRIAGE INFORMATION: January 3, 1948 in Crosby, Minnesota to Margaret “Peg” M. LeBlanc

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE/MILITARY INFORMATION: WWII Veteran. Air Offensive Europe, Normandy and Rhineland campaigns: B-17 waist gunner. Medals including Distinguished Service Cross, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters. Flew 28 combat missions. Encountered the first German jet aircraft; participated in the famous Poltava mission where virtually all B-17 aircraft were lost in Russia. One mission saw his aircraft return to England with over 1,000 holes. On his first mission 5 aircraft of his 21 plane formation were lost: “50 men gone in one afternoon”. Ended active duty September, 1945. Moved to Medford in 1975 to be Publisher and General Manager of The Star News, retiring in 1992. A lifelong newspaperman, he worked with his father on the Crosby Minnesota Courier after the war and owned newspapers in Menomonee Falls and Sauk-Prairie Wisconsin through 1962, then owned the Gulf Beach Journal in St. Pete Beach, Fla, until 1964, before serving with the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce. He became foreman of the production department of the Wisconsin State Journal and The Capital Times in 1967, before moving to Medford. Golf enthusiast and Tee-Hi member for many years

MEMBER OF: Chamber of Commerce, Wisconsin Newspaper Association, VFW, American Legion, Kiwanis

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Margaret “Peg” M. Anderson of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Tom (Marcy) Anderson of St. Louis, Missouri, Paul (Lisa) Anderson of Harper Ferry, Iowa, James (Cindy) Anderson of Sauk City, WI, Susan (Significant Other: Chris Ryan) Anderson of Kealakekua, Hawaii, Carol (Dan) Brost of Medford, Jeff (Karla) Anderson of Silt, Colorado and Greg (Dawn) Anderson of Medford
Daughter-In-Law: Susan Anderson of Madison, WI

CHILDREN DECEASED: Son: Tim Anderson in 2010
Grandson: Lance Corporal Nicholas Anderson in 2006


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: 1 Brother: Richard Anderson of Crosby, Minnesota
1 Sister: Elizabeth Hanley of St. Louis, Missouri


DECEASED FATHER: Elmer L. Anderson DECEASED MOTHER: Alice M. Cunningham
As an old-school newspaperman, he always championed local community issues and never compromised editorial or news integrity. As a result his papers were always at the forefront of open discussion and debate, for the betterment of the community.

OTHER INFORMATION: Memorials and Donations can be made to the Medford Public Library
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford is assisting the family with arrangements
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