John 'Jack' Anderson


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Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2013, 6:01 pm
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John T. "Jack" Anderson, 86, of Moline, formerly of Rock Island, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church, Rock Island. Burial is at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island. Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, Rock Island.
Jack was born on March 28, 1926, in Oak Park, Ill., the son of Thomas and Anna Larson Anderson. He married Joyce M. Peterson on June 21, 1952, in Rock Island.
He graduated from Rock Island High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College and a master's degree in education and counseling from Northern Illinois University. After teaching for one year in Pekin, Ill., he started a 38-year career with the Rock Island Public School District in 1953. He was a teacher, coach and later, a counselor, at the former Central Junior High School. He retired as a counselor from Washington Junior High School.
Jack spent many summers working for the Rock Island Park Board and was recreation director for the summer programs. He spent several years as the recreation director of the former Camp Augustana at Lake Geneva, Wis.
Jack was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church, Rock Island, where he taught Sunday school, served on the church council and was a member of the senior choir. He was a past president of the men's organization of the church and played on the church's softball and basketball teams. He enjoyed art and was an avid sports enthusiast.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce; son, Tim Anderson, Rock Island; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Terry Lamansky, Brighton, Mich., and Cherie and Joe Payne, Rock Island; grandchildren, Nikolai (Katie) Lamansky, Alexey Lamansky, Katrina Lamansky, Ryan Anderson, Matthew Anderson, Kristin Anderson, Samuel Payne and Benjamin Payne; and his sister, Helen Johnson, Minneapolis, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Online condolences may be left at www.wheelanpressly.com.












 



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