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“Bev and family, My Deepest and Sincere Sympathy to everyone. It was a shock to hear of his passing. You are in my prayers and thoughts at this...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Barbara Wolf - Grinnell, IA

“So sorry for ur loss, sending prayers to the Anderson family... ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Gail Ferguson - waterford, MI

“Marla and Family, sorry for your loss.Prayers to you and your family Dianne Overturf Bidwell ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: Dianne Overturf Bidwell - Tama, IA

“Sorry to hear of Edgar's passing. So glad we got to see him recently at the reunion. My thoughts and prayers go to Bev and his family. ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Sara Clayton - Relative

“Sending our condolences to your family on the loss of your father. Praying for comfort and strength. ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Julie and Hutch Kracht

“Our sympathies go out to the entire Anderson family at this difficult time. ”
6 of 20 | Posted by: Richard Berman and Family

“Sorry to hear of your loss. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this difficult time. ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Theda May - Friend

“Sorry I could not be at the services today. Having cataract surgery in Marshalltown. I so much enjoyed greeting you on the back row when we were...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Jolene Jones - Grinnell, IA

“So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful man. We will miss him at sports events! ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: David, Crystal and Dallas DeNeve

“So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful man. We will miss him at sports events! ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: David, Crystal and Dallas DeNeve

“Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. My your memories always linger in your hearts! Cathy and family ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Cathy Keenan - Friend

“It has been so good to have known the Anderson famiy for many year. The faithfulness to GCC will be remembered. The peace of God, which passeth...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Don and Jane Thompson - friends

“Denny, Jackie and Mike, I am so sorry to read of the passing of your father. My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you and your family on...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Dr. Brad Boeke - Dallas, TX

“Marla and Shari, so sorry for your loss. Betty (Anderson) Broders ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Betty Broders - Grinnell, IA

“Mike & Saundy: David & I send our deepest sympathies at this difficult time. We will be praying for comfort, peace, and strength for you and the...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: BJ Allen Daniels - MO

“Bev, I am so sorry for your loss! You two had a wonderful marriage and fantastic children, so hold on to all those good memories! Kay ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Kay Jack - Ankeny, IA

“so sorry for your loss, your father was a good friend of my grandparents and I know he will be missed by many. your all in my prayers. ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Vickey McDowell Benshoof - Bangs , TX

“My thoughts and prayers are with all you as you say farewell to your father. ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: CAROL ANTHONY ZHORNE - friend

“We send heartfelt condolences to all the Anderson family. Thinking of you all and pray you are finding comfort in your faith and the memories of this...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Pat Dobelis - ogden, IA - friends

“I talked to Mike after his eulogy to Dickie Clark and mentioned that I knew his dad, Edgar, and his mom, Bev. His dad from his teen years as a...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Dave Adkins - Corpus Christi, TX


Edgar Clark Anderson, 82, of Grinnell died September 12, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, September 16, at the Grinnell Christian Church with Rev. John Epperson, retired, officiating. Pianist will be his granddaughter, Joryn Anderson. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Jason Anderson, Sara Nielsen, Nikki Lucero, Brett Van Soelen, Ryan Mertens, Lexie Roderick and Christopher Jones. Honorary Pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Burial with military honors will be in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Smith Funeral Home with the family present from 3:00 to 5:00 Sunday afternoon.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Grinnell Christian Church or Mayflower Human Needs Fund.

Edgar was born July 29, 1931, in Grinnell, the son of Clark and Areatha Shill Anderson. He was raised in Grinnell and attended school in the Grinnell School District. Following his education he was employed at the Grinnell Shoe Company. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in combat infantry during the Korean Conflict.

On July 31, 1954, he was united in marriage to Beverly Long, in Cedar Rapids. The couple made their home in Grinnell and he was employed for over 42 years at the Donaldson Company in Grinnell. He retired in 1996.

He was a member of the Grinnell Christian Church.

Edgar held a great love and devotion for his family. Through his actions, he instilled a great work ethic and strong family values. He enjoyed all sports and especially playing golf. He also enjoyed card games on the computer. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. More important was his passion for following all his children's and grandchildren's activities. He was their biggest fan! He loved music, dancing, snacking on cashews and drinking Pepsi.

Survivors include his wife, Bev of Grinnell; seven children, Mike (Saundy) Anderson of Grinnell, Jackie (Jack) Morrison of Grinnell, Denny (Robin) Anderson of Evergreen, Colorado, Marla (Rod) Van Soelen of Pella, Shari (Mike) Mertens, Julie (Mike) Roderick and Jennifer (John) Williams , all of Grinnell; one brother, Wilbur "Webb" (Bev) Anderson of Grinnell; 34 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Margaret Walker and Lucille Anderson; and four brothers, Robert, Harold, Everett and William Anderson.

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