|Birth: ||Sep. 20, 1926|
|Death: ||Apr. 8, 2012|
Byron Anderson passed into the presence of his Lord early Easter morning, April 8, 2012. He was born September 20, 1926, in Winchester, Indiana, to Verlin and Mary Anderson. He was the oldest of three, his sister Sue Davis preceded him in death and his sister Joan Gasper of Indianapolis, IN, survives him. He grew up in Winchester, IN, until age 17 and began his faith journey at the Friends Church of Winchester. He served in the Navy during WWII and graduated from Purdue University in 1948 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He met Avis Mayer while at Purdue; they were married 51 years until her passing in 1999. Byron, or "Andy" as he was known to some, is survived by his two sons, Scott L. Anderson, of Chandler, AZ, and Craig S. Anderson, of Noblesville, IN, and his wife of the past 11 years, Irene (Mentzer) Anderson. He was a faithful family leader for his combined 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Byron was both a student of his Christian faith and ardent practitioner. Generosity, kindness, caring and serving others were all hallmarks of his life in the Layette area. His love for Purdue University and education began with the Housing Board of Directors of the Kappa Sigma fraternity in 1950 and later the Purdue Alumni Association, serving as President of both. He served on the Board of Trustees at Purdue University for 14 years ending as Vice Chairman and chair of the Physical Facilities Committee and he served on the President's Council. He gave to the Lafayette community through service as President of the Harrison Trails Council (now Sagamore) of the Boy Scouts of America, also as the BSA Area IV VP of Admin. He was awarded the distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards for his service to the Boy Scouts. He was president of the Home Hospital Board and a board member of North Central Health Services. He served on the boards of the United Way, Lafayette Country Club, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Lafayette Life Insurance Co., and Schwab Safe Co. He helped guide several foundations in the Lafayette area including the Purdue Research Foundation and the foundations for the Boy Scouts, Westminster Village and Central Presbyterian Church. He also served his church on the Board of Deacons and Board of Trustees. While in retirement in Florida he served both of the Homeowners Associations where he lived for portions of the past ten years. In 1961 he began the B.L. Anderson Co. which continues to this day providing instrumentation and controls for the environmental engineering field. He served as President of the Indiana Water Pollution Control Assoc. and was a director of the Water Pollution Control Federation in Washington, D.C. The IWPCA honored him with the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award. Governors Orr and Bayh honored him with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award. His greatest accomplishment was a life faithful to his calling and his Lord over his 85+ years.
A family burial service will take place this Saturday, April 14th, at Grandview Cemetery and a public memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 26th, at 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church in Lafayette, IN. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Byron Anderson to the Sagamore Council, Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 6753, Lafayette, IN 47903. Hippensteel Funeral Home is assisting the family. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com.
Published in the Journal & Courier on April 12, 2012.
Avis Mayer Anderson (1926 - 1999)*
Grand View Cemetery
Created by: Sherry Salla
Record added: Apr 12, 2012
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