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Richard C. “Dick” Anderson

Birth Date: March 13, 1942
Death Date: February 26, 2018

Richard C. “Dick” Anderson, 75, of Decatur, died February 26, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur. Dick was born and raised in Fairbury, IL on March 13, 1942. He was the son of A. Keith and Virginia (Nesler) Anderson. He was a veteran of the US Army National Guard. On July 5, 1969 he married, Glenda L. Atwell, in Fairbury, IL. She preceded him in death on December 9, 2006. Surviving are his lifelong companion, Sandra Sorensen; his children, Michael Anderson (Jeanmarie) of Oklahoma City, OK, Ann Margaret Thorp (Edward) of Streator, IL, Richard Anderson (Alytia) of Champaign, IL; step-children: Bill Sorensen (Jen) of Kansas City, MO, Kenny Sorensen of Decatur, Phillip Sorensen of Decatur, Veronica Sorensen (Kevin) of Decatur, Kristi Emme of Kansas City, MO, Natalee Plevritis (Lou) of Elmhurst, IL, Nicole Suddarth (Damon) of Decatur, IL; sister, Suzanne Hoover (David) of Boulder, CO; brother, Robert Anderson (Miriam) of Cleveland, TN; 22 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Dick began his professional career with the family printing business, Record Printing in Fairbury, IL. He continued working in the printing industry with Johnson Printing in Pontiac, IL, and then entered into a sales career with Illinois Graphics, Bloomington IL. He followed this experience by pursuing a sales career with Midwest Electronics, where he worked for many years. He enjoyed working with his customers, whom he considered friends. One of Dick’s greatest passions was supporting all facets of the Fairbury-Cropsey Band Program and school system, as a whole. Dick spent many years dedicating his time to being the official statistician for the football and basketball programs. Dick is well remembered for his booming voice, announcing high school basketball games and Saturday night stock car races to enthusiastic crowds. Dick was also a lifelong, diehard fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers. Over the span of several decades, Dick took pride in holding many leadership positions with several organizations, including, The American Legion, Moose and Elk’s Club. Dick proudly donated his tissue and organs to Gift of Hope to continue helping others. Dick will always be best remembered as a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, life companion and friend. Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Friday, March 2, 2018 at Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home. A second visitation will be from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, March 3, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple St, Fairbury, IL. Funeral service will follow visitation at 3:00 PM at the church. Condolences may be left to Dick’s family at

March 2, 2018
4:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. We were unable to attend the services for Dick, but would like to express our sympathy for his loss. As our family has been a recipient of a kidney donation, we were pleased to note that Dick designated his tissues and organs through Gift of Hope. His final act was a generous one. Blessings to all of his family.

  2. Dick was an outstanding athlete in high school; we "younger" students all looked
    up to him with his athletic, musical, and academic prowess. My thoughts of sympathy
    are with you, Suz and Bobby, (and other family members) as you celebrate a wonderful
    brother's life and memories shared with him.
    Jo Ellen Maurer Sandburg

  3. I worked with Dick in Pontiac at a printing co. I always enjoyed working with him. I am sorry for your loss. A lot of good memories of working with him.

  4. Janet and I send our deepest sympathy to the entire Anderson family. Dick was more than a dear friend, he was like family to us. His dedication to helping with our Fairbury-Cropsey H.S. Band benefited hundreds of youth. Anyone who ever met Dick Anderson found him to be friendly, a hard worker, and a loyal friend. He will be missed by many!!

  5. One of my favorite people in the world and a friend as well as my sales rep from midwest.
    He was 100% dedicated to taking care of his customers over and above anyone could expect.I will miss him.

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