Roger Louis 'Andy' Anderson

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic

Roger Louis “Andy” Anderson, 79, of Lake Villa, passed suddenly but peacefully on Nov. 14, 2016.

He was born Oct. 15, 1937, in Galva, to Herbert and Marjorie (Johnson) Anderson.

Roger was a proud descendant of original settlers from Sweden who formed Bishop Hill.

He was in the Galva High School Class of 1955.

Roger worked as a farm hand until joining the U.S. Air Force. He enlisted as a Private, and retired as a Captain. Among his many postings were as a radar operator aboard a Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star based out of Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts, and a radar operator in Japan. As an officer, he worked at the Pentagon, and later taught computer science at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

After his retirement from the Air Force, Roger returned to teaching as an instructor at College of Lake County, retiring after over 20 years of service.

While serving in the Air Force, he received his BA from Michigan State University, and his Master of Science degree in Computer Science from University of Missouri. He was ABD for a PhD from Northern Illinois University.

Roger met Patricia Moore near her home in the Bronx – their first conversation was “Hello, Tab” and “Hello, Ava.” Roger and Pat married in 1959 in Yonkers, N.Y., and for the next 16 years moved from base to base over 20 times. Their son, Kevin, was born at Richards-Gebaur AFB in 1961, and their daughter, Karen, was born in 1962 at Keesler AFB.

Roger is survived by wife Pat; son Kevin and his partner Lorel Janiszewski; daughter Karen and her husband Timothy Kelley; sister Sharon; brother Perry and his wife Kathie; nephew John and his wife Erin; niece Krysty and her husband Jeff Esser; and great-niece Kysa Mae Esser; Aunt Irene; Aunt Eleanor; and numerous cousins and friends.

Roger was preceded in death by father Herbert (1955), mother Marjorie (1979), Uncle Mike and Aunt Joyce, Uncle Louis, Uncle Earl and Aunt Margaret, Aunt Erica and Uncle Chester, Aunt Eva and Uncle Bud, Aunt Mynette and Uncle Otto, Aunt Martha and Uncle Richard, Aunt Inez and Uncle Francis, and Aunt Eleanor.

Known for his outgoing nature, he could talk to anybody and made friends with almost everybody he met. When asked by anybody if he needed anything, Roger always replied “World Peace.”