Age 86, of Lansing, Michigan, passed away July 15, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Merlee (Vaughan) Anderson. Merle was born January 7, 1929, in Sullivan, IN, the only child of Charles and Maxine (Rusk) Anderson. He served as a U.S. Marine; retired from the U.S. Army reserves attaining the rank of major; and after 33 years with the City of Lansing Fire Department, he retired as Deputy Fire Chief.
He is survived by 4 children: Gayle (Gerald) Hulbert, Donald (Mary) Anderson, James (Melody) Anderson and Edward (Julie) Anderson, and loved being a grandfather to his 7 grandchildren Sharla, Andrew, Brian, Jennifer, Allen, Scott and Karen and 7 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at Faith United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive family and friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel and one hour prior to services at the church. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Faith United Methodist Church or to Sparrow Hospice Services in his honor.