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 Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.