Donald Ivan Anderson, 82, a resident of the Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg, went home to live eternally with his Lord and Savior Sunday after a long illness.
He was born in Rices Landing, son of Meridith S. and Marna (Heddinger) Anderson. He lived most of his life in Westmoreland County in the areas around Greensburg and Apollo.
He is survived by and will be reunited someday in heaven with his best friend and wife of 60 years, Emma Jean "Jean" (Bish); and three sons: Alan and wife, Connie, of Duncansville, Ron and wife, Diane, of Manlius, N.Y., and Larry and wife, Sue, of West Monroe, La.
Don was grandfather to Alan's son, Nathanael, and daughter, Nikki; Ron's sons: Chris and Colin; and Larry's daughter, Kara, and son, Matthew; and great-grandfather to Alan's grandchildren: Alexis, Aeriabella, Aria and Anya. The grandkids knew Don as "Pup" or "Pa," and as time and distance permitted, he invested in their lives through fun and games and storytelling.
He was preceded in death by his older brother, Bob, and is survived by two sisters: Kathleen Leese of Lititz and Shirley Fink of Elgin, Ill.
Don graduated from Penn Township High School in 1949, where he and his brother, Bob, were known locally for their prowess in basketball and baseball. After high school, he enlisted in the National Guard, attained the rank of master sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served as a stateside drill instructor, teaching marksmanship with the Browning automatic rifle. During his service years, he courted Jeannie and made beautiful music with her as they began their lifelong devotion to each other and to singing duets. They married shortly after he was discharged from the service and two days after Jeannie graduated from Greensburg High School.
As his sons came of age, he guided them toward lives filled with music. He, Jean and the boys performed at local events and churches in western Pennsylvania as the Singing Anderson Family for many years.
Don began his career with the Oakford Natural Gas Storage facility in Delmont, and he retired from Prudential after 31 years as both an agent and sales manager. He was only the second agent in the New Kensington District to be recognized as a member of the Million Dollar Roundtable, and he also earned the distinction of certified life underwriter.
Don was passionate about his marriage and family, and he was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates and Pitt basketball. But the guiding principle in his life from 1973, when he accepted Jesus, until the day he departed his earthly body was his Christian walk. He was especially concerned that all should have the opportunity to hear the Good News of the Gospel, and he rarely missed the opportunity to testify to others about the work that God had done in his life. The Bible verse he referenced on his Pennsylvania license plate (I John 5:11) guided his interactions with everyone: "And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son."
Friends will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Liebegott-Brown Funeral Home Inc., 1218 Fourth Ave., Duncansville. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Hicks Memorial United Methodist Church, Duncansville. Military honors will be provided by the Blair County Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will take place at Twin Valley Cemetery in Delmont.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Presbyterian Village, 220 Newry St., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.