Ronald Wayne Anderson, 78, of Dixon, Ill., died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at his son's home in Etna, Calif. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, followed by a 2 p.m. memorial service, with the Rev. Mike Jones, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Dixon, officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Madrone Hospice, 255 Collier Circle, Yreka, CA 96097 or Dixon Gyro's. Ronald was born Jan. 22, 1934, in Hampton, the son of Raleigh and Mabel Dorothy Hofesetter Anderson. He married Carol Gillespie Blattner on July 9, 1967, in Moline. She preceded him in death on July 2, 2001. He worked for the Rock Island County Illinois Sheriff's Department from 1965-1966, the Milan, Ill., Police Department from 1958-1965, and retired as a lieutenant from the Illinois Secretary of State Police on Jan. 1, 1991, after 25 years of service. He was a member of the Dixon Gyro's and the Dixon Elks Club BPOE No. 779. Survivors include two sons, Rickie Carl (Teresa) Anderson of Etna, and Daniel Thomas Anderson of Rock Island; two daughters, Kris (Joe) Burns-Anderson of Muscatine, Iowa, and Catherine "Cathy" Webb of Silvis; 10 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Brian Anderson; one granddaughter, Jennifer Larson; and one sister, Shirley Nice. Condolences may be sent to www.prestonschillingfuneralhome.com or www.girdnerfuneralchapel.com
Today is Saturday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2013. There are 24 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Some excitement was created in our corn market today by two new buyers who ran the price up to 62 cents per bushel. 1888 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Connelly sold the Johnson property at the corner of 2nd Ave. and 15th St. to A.C. Schafer for $1,800. 1913 -- 100 years ago: O.W. Billings and George P. Herzog have opened a new ready-to-wear shop at 1611-13 2nd Ave. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Farmers in this section of Illinois are preparing to seal part of their 1938 corn crop and receive government loans on it up to 57 cents per bushel, depending on the quality and storage conditions. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Dohrn Transfer Co. is displaying its new general headquarters for its nine-state operations at 4016 9th St., Rock Island, today to its employees and tomorrow to its customers. 1988 -- 25 years ago: In 30 minutes under a Tuesday afternoon sun at the Kmart store in Moline, millionaire columnist Percy Ross raised $1,400 for the Salvation Army.