|Birth: ||Dec. 9, 1927|
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 2008|
I am not a relative but this is a copy of his obituary that was published in the Ravalli Republic newspaper in Hamilton, Ravalli County, Montana on March 13, 2008. Also there are other postings of this memorial and it appears that his middle name was Donald:
STEVENSVILLE - Jess D. Anders, 80, of Stevensville, loving husband and father, passed away Monday, March 10, 2008 while surrounded by his family.Jess was born on a farm northwest of Cascade, Idaho Dec. 9, 1927 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.
After World War II, Jess returned to Missoula and used his GI bill to learn the office machine business. In 1952 he became a charter member of the Missoula Sheriff's Posse, which won numerous horsemanship competitions and performed in parades across Montana. His love of horses often took him on pack trips into the Bob Marshall and other wilderness areas.
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.
After retirement Jess and Arlene bought a cabin in the East Fork where they spent many years entertaining family and dear friends. Jess loved playing pinochle and doing crossword puzzles.
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.
At Jess' 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 family also wishes to thank Dr. Lemire and the ICU nurses and staff at Community Hospital for their care and consideration. The Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville is in charge of cremation arrangements.
Created by: William Yates
Record added: Sep 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59289235
Rest in peace.|
Added: Mar. 13, 2008