Edwin Lee “Ed” Anderson, 66, New Strawn, KS, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Newman Hospital in Emporia.
He was born January 4, 1946, in Emporia, the son of Ernest Otto and Marjorie June (Garrett) Anderson.
Ed grew up on the family farm northeast of Burlington and attended Martindale rural school. He graduated from Burlington High School and then entered the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Hornet at the end of the Vietnam War. Following his discharge he returned home and worked for his Uncle Clarence Anderson in the two-way radio business. He purchased the business and operated Ed’s Radio Service for a number of years. From 2001 to 2011 he was employed by Mobile Radio Service in Great Bend until his retirement.
On September 23, 1973, Ed and Patricia Sue Mahar were married at Waverly. They became the parents of two sons and suffered the loss of their oldest son, Mitchell Anderson, on June 10, 1994.
Ed was a 37 year member of Hull-Cromwell Post #119, American Legion at Waverly; was a Charter Member of the New Strawn Station of Coffey County Fire District #1; served on the New Strawn City Council from 1976 to 1983; was recently appointed to the Coffey County Airport Board; had served on the Stringtown Cemetery Board; and was a long-time member of the N.R.A. He was a licensed amateur radio operator for many years and was a member of the Emporia Amateur Radio Club.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and two infant brothers, Stephen and William Ernest.
He leaves his wife, Patty, of the home in New Strawn; his son, Matthew Anderson and wife Jennifer, New Strawn; three brothers, Ray Anderson and wife Maria, Topeka, KS, Jim Anderson and wife Tami, Phoenix, AZ, and Joe Anderson and wife Liz, Glasco, KS; a sister, Barbara Schmidt and husband Ron, Puyallup, WA; and many other relatives.
Services will be held 1:30 P.M. Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington. Burial will follow in Stringtown Cemetery northeast of Burlington. The family will meet with friends from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. Monday at the Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hull-Cromwell Post #119, American Legion, and may be sent in care of Jones Funeral Home, PO Box 277, Burlington, KS 66839.