Dean Anderson

Obituary of Dean Anderson

Dean “Todd” Anderson, age 94, of Palmyra, Il. died at his home Thursday (February 8, 2018).

He was born September 29, 1923 to William Archie & Melvina Emmons Anderson.

Dean grew up in Modesto and married Mabeth Alderson in Macon, Georgia on August 18, 1944.  She preceded him in death on October 14, 1992.

Dean served in the U.S. Army during W.W. II.  He enjoyed the Lincoln Honor Flight and appreciated the programs at Northwestern High School honoring veterans.

Dean was a farmer in the Palmyra-Modesto area for 40 years.  In the past few years, he especially enjoyed watching the progress of planting and harvesting.  He was in awe of all the changes in agriculture that have occurred since his retirement.

As an avid horseshoe pitcher in Illinois and Florida, he made many friends and was thrilled when he got to pitch in the World Tournament, placing second in the Senior Division.  Dean also loved playing cards and enjoyed his card playing pals.

Dean was preceded by a son, Richard Dean; granddaughters, Jenny & Emma; siblings, Myrl, Coy, Dale, Erma and Reta.

His survivors are daughter Judy (Joe) Lovelace and son David (Gay) Anderson.  Grandchildren Lance (Gia) Lovelace; Amber (Cliff) Johnson; Logan (Jenny) Anderson; Seth Anderson; Patrick (Stefanie) Anderson; Greg Anderson; and Kimberly (Zach) Fagg; Great-grandchilden Rhett & Rylee Lovelace; Sam & Maggie Johnson; Annabelle & Kinnsley Anderson; and Orrin & Oakland Anderson.  Also surviving daughter-in-law Peggy Cooksey Anderson and special nephew, Jeff Alderson who had resided in the Anderson home.

Dean was a faithful member of the Modest Christian Church and previously served as a deacon.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday (February 17, 2018) at the Modesto Christian Church in Modesto, Il.  Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in rural Modesto.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church.  Memorials may be made to Modesto Christian Church c/o Stults-Neece Chapel, 349 Tanner, Waverly, Il. 62692.  Condolences may be sent to the family online at