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 Wednesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.