|Birth: ||Dec. 9, 1927|
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 2008|
Jess D. Anders, 80, of Stevensville, loving husband and father, passed away Monday, while surrounded by his family. He was born on a farm northwest of Cascade to Elmer and Lulu Anders.
At 15 he moved to Missoula and lived with Bob and Bubbles Johnson, owners of Johnson Flying Service, whom he worked for during World War II dropping firefighters, cargo and mail; on his 16th birthday he soloed in a Piper Cub. Jess enlisted in the Navy in June 1945 and spent his 18th birthday in the Philippines on island duty.
In 1962 he opened Anders Office Machines in Missoula. He married Arlene in 1968 and together they operated the business until its sale in 1978. Jess and Arlene later opened and operated Jess' Office Equipment in 1983 until it sold and their retirement in 1987.
His parents of Boise, Idaho; his brother Willis of San Diego; and his son Scott of Palm Springs preceded him.
Survivors include his wife Arlene of 39 years, Stevensville; son Steve and daughter-in-law Pam of Culbertson, son Jess W., Sisters, Ore. and son Jeff, Oakland, Calif.; and granddaughters Erin and Tracy, of Ronan and Jackson, Wyo. Jess is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-laws; Robert and Kathy Polanchek, Medical Lake, Wash.; Alvin and Geri Polanchek, High River, Alberta, and Arnie and Jan Polanchek, Stevensville, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His stepmother, Mary of Boise, Idaho also survives.
Per his request, no services will be held. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will be held later this summer.
The family suggests memorials in Jess' name to be sent to American Legion Post No. 94, c/o Ed Sperry, 5163 Eastside Highway, Stevensville, MT 59870 for the Blue Star Memorial at Veterans Park in Stevensville.
The Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville is in charge of cremation arrangements.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: Teresa Taramasso
Record added: Feb 07, 2010
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