Jerry Russell Anderson of Delta, Colo., died on April 30, 2013, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 73 years old.
Jerry was born on Feb. 4, 1940, to the late Elmer and Charlotte Anderson in Spokane, Wash. He has been reunited with his late wife, Ingrid Anderson, who died in 1998.
Jerry was the oldest of six children. He served his country for 22 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a first sergeant in 1978. He did a tour in Vietnam in 1968, where he earned two bronze medals and a Purple Heart. After he retired from the military, he became a diesel mechanic and worked for an additional 20 years. His company commander referred to him as a “man’s man.” His last employer said that he was one of the most “elite” mechanics in this country.
Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Ingrid Anderson; parents, Elmer and Charlotte Anderson; and a brother, Dennis Anderson.
He is survived by four siblings, John Anderson of Delta, Colo., Morris Anderson of Cheyenne, Wyo., Tom Anderson of Grand Junction, Colo., and Jenny Anderson of Montrose, Colo.; his five children, daughters Leone Anderson and husband Dennis Bennett of Delta, Colo., and Stephanie Anderson of Santa Fe, N.M., and sons Tommy Anderson and Michael Anderson, both of El Centro, Calif., and Dennis Anderson and wife Melissa of Delta, Colo. He is also survived by his 11 grandchildren, Victoria Anderson, Jher Anderson, Nicole Bennett, Michael Anderson, Josh Anderson, Matthew Anderson, Alexandria Anderson, Hunter Anderson, Cori Anderson, Isaiah Anderson and Jon Anderson. Jerry and Ingrid also had two great grandchildren, Landon and Joey Fulcher.
A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday May 10, 2013, at
St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Delta, followed by a funeral dinner at St. Michael’s Parish Hall. Burial with military honors will be held at Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2830 Riverside Parkway in Grand Junction at 3 p.m. that day.
Crippin Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.