Leonard D. Anderson, 87, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away at 12:20 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019 at his home after a long battle with Alzheimers.
He was born on April 15, 1932 in Mt. Pleasant, IA to Willis & Ina Maude Ensminger Anderson. He married Carolyn McCarl on June 22, 1955. They later divorced. He then married Phyllis Eicher Sargent on December 14, 1974 in Fort Madison, IA. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War & spent 1 year in Iceland. He worked at the State Mental Health Institute while attending Iowa Wesleyan College. He was a schoolteacher in Bonaparte, IA & coached girls basketball. He left teaching and was hired at McKesson Robbins Drug Company for the next 28 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church, the American Legion, Kiwanis Club, Eagles Club and the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, camping, traveling, wintering in Florida & family gatherings.
Leonard is survived by: his loving wife, Phyllis Anderson; daughters: Teresa (Don) Petersen of Miami, FL, Vickie Carter of Nauvoo, IL & Angela (Gary) Fowler of Batavia, IL; son: Lennie (Robin) Anderson of Hamilton, IL; step daughter: Angela (Kurt) Eaves of Grinnell, IA; step son: Doug (Kay) Sargent of Fort Madison, IA; 11-grandchildren: Donal, Cory, Shaeli, Bryan, Jim, David, Josh, Mandy, Brandy, Erica & Alyssa; 9-great grandchildren; brother: Ron (Nancy) Anderson of Citrus Heights, CA & cherished his many nieces, nephews & extended family. He was preceded in death by: his parents, 2-sons in infancy: Richard, with wife Carolyn, Andrew, with wife Phyllis & a brother: Larry from Englewood, CO.
Per his wishes, cremation has been entrusted to the care of King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at First Christian Church in Fort Madison, IA with Rev. Leslie Dalstra officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow the memorial service at the church. Burial will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the Grant Cemetery in Rome, IA with military rites. A memorial has been established for First Christian Church or the Hope Haven Ertz Home in Burlington, IA. Online condolences to the Anderson family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.