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
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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.