R L Anderson Jr.
September 6, 1925 – November 28, 2017
R. L. Anderson Jr. passed away at Sulphur Veterans Home in Sulphur, Oklahoma on Tuesday evening, November 28, 2017, at the age of 92 years .
R. L. was the son of Robert L. Anderson Sr. & Ethel (Dunahe) Anderson, born on September 6, 1925, in Panther Creek, Oklahoma. He attended Gerty schools until the eighth grade, when his dad’s health failed and he had to drop out of school to take care of the family farm and his younger sisters.
He joined the U.S. Army during World War II and served for two years in Germany, in a tank and as a sharpshooter. He spoke fluent German and helped free many people from German concentration camps. During his military service he earned several medals including the EAME Campaign Ribbon with two bronze stars, Army Occupational Ribbon (Germany), and two Overseas Service Bars. From an original group of seventy-six men, he was one of only six to return to the States.
Following military service he returned to Oklahoma, where he married Mary Frances Maxwell on May 14, 1949, in the company of a couple of their close friends who were married at the same time. R. L. & Frances lived in Calvin for several years before moving to Holdenville, where they made their home since the late 1950s. He worked at Kingsberry Homes, and also in maintenance at Holdenville General Hospital, as well as an evening job at a furniture store. He was intensely patriotic and a very active member of the American Legion, where he loved to serve with the Honor Guard team. He enjoyed going to the Holdenville Senior Citizen Center and after his retirement was there almost every day, playing dominoes and helping with the Meals On Wheels program for seniors who were shut-ins. He and Frances loved going to a singing in Calvin on Thursday nights, and going dancing in Holdenville, Ada, Tecumseh and Wewoka. Frances passed away on July 20, 2012, after sixty-three years together. R. L. continued their activities with friends, and had a busy social life until his health failed not long before he passed away.
He is preceded in death by his parents, R. L. & Ethel Anderson; his beloved wife of sixty-three years, Frances; three children: Linda Anderson, Gary Anderson, and Cathy Anderson; four sisters: Pearl Timmons, Gertrude Tucker, Levada Conditt, and Josie Marie Murrell; three brothers: Earl Anderson, Oran Anderson, and Floyd Anderson.
He is survived by one son, Roy Lee Anderson (Diana) of Mississippi; seven grandchildren: Greg Owens (Molly) of California, Stephanie Jennings of Shawnee, Paul Heffley (Erica) of Yukon, Leslie Vasquez (Steev) of Kansas, Andy Anderson of Mississippi, Sunni Reed of Holdenville, and Tina Kleman of Mississippi; ten great-grandchildren: Lauren Brittany Jennings of Wewoka, Natalie Grace Jennings of Shawnee, Emily Owens, Reagan Owens, Maren Owens, all of California, Cooper Heffley of Yukon, Alexis Dacunha, Matthew Dacunha, Joshua Rivas, all of Kansas, and Brandon Anderson of Mississippi; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Funeral services will be Monday, December 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at Fisher Funeral Home’s Lillye Chapel, and R. L. will be laid to rest at Calvin Cemetery. Rev. Dane Robinson is the officiating minister. Pallbearers are Keith Jennings, Rob Morris, Greg Owens, Paul Heffley, and Steev Vasquez. Tony Morrow will serve as honorary pallbearer.
There will be viewing at the funeral home on Friday, December 1, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Saturday, December 2, 10:00 AM to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 3, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.