George Walfrid Anderson was 90 when he peacefully joined his Lord and Savior on June 27, 2011. George was born in Marquette, MI on June 18, 1921. He had resided in Lansing since 1946.
George is survived by his wife Lucille, to whom he was married to for nearly 64 years. Also surviving are his daughter Nancy E. Anderson, son Paul W. (Joanne) Anderson, and two grandchildren, Aaron and Katie, all of Lansing, and nieces Ann (Walter) Eschtruth of Grand Ledge and Mary (George) Matey of Arvada, CO. He was preceded in death by father Oscar, mother Edith, and sister Bernice.
George was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Northern Michigan Univ. and later his Master’s degree in Education at Michigan State College.
George was first greeted by Lucille Warner on his first day of employment at the Michigan School for the Blind in 1946. They married on July 26, 1947. Mr. A. taught Industrial Arts and Math there until 1984. He was awarded Michigan Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year in 1965. He approached woodworking with a sense of pride and true craftsmanship.
George was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, where he served for many years as Sunday School Superintendent, craft leader, and tutor. He was also involved with the United Cerebral Palsy Assoc. and Greater Lansing Scandinavian Society.
George had a passion for sports, and was an avid MSU, Detroit Tigers, and Red Wings fan. He was a football official for local high schools for 18 years, and was an active lunch time ice skater at Washington Park up until last year.
The family would like to express extreme gratitude to the care George received at the Hospice of Lansing – Stoneleigh Residence.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 1, 2011 at Grace Lutheran Church, 528 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing, MI with Pastor Dan R. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church.