Chesterton Tribune

Richard 'Dick' Anderson at 88

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Dick Anderson, long time Chesterton barber, passed away Monday March 30, 2009 after a brief illness. He was 88.

He was born on March 12, 1921 along with his twin brother to Elizabeth (Schweir) and William Anderson at their home in Liberty Township.

In 1958 he married Joann Kiessel in Lake Leelanau Michigan. They spent 34 years together before her death in 1992.

He is survived by four loving children, sons Kevin (Nancy) of Chesterton, Keith of Valparaiso, daughters Jeanne (Bill) Bruner of Muncie and Kristine (Joseph) Trustey of Wenham, Mass.

Dick is also survived by his brother Howard of Vero Beach, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Phil, Emily, and Mike Anderson of Chesterton, Whitney, Lauren and Mallory Bruner of Muncie, Ind., and Andrew, Caroline, Anna and Claire Trustey of Wenham, Mass.

He was also preceded in death by his twin brother Robert Anderson, brother Charles Anderson, and sisters Mary Heydorn, Florence Dillon and Elizabeth Martinal.

Dick graduated from Liberty High School in 1939. In 1944 he entered the Merchant Marines and was assigned to a Victory ship working to resupply Europe after World War II. Upon returning to Chesterton in 1947 he trained and then opened Anderson’s Barber shop at Broadway and Calumet.

Richard owned Anderson’s Barber shop for 47 years when he retired and spent his days playing pinochle with his many friends. He was a member of the Liberty Volunteer Fire Department and served on the Liberty Township Advisory Board. He was also a member of the Chesterton Moose Lodge.

For the last five years he lived at Clare Bridge Cottage Assisted Living in Valparaiso. His thoughts were always of Chesterton, often asking his family, “What’s new in town?”

A Mass of Christian Burial, Father James Meade officiating, will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday April 2, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Road, Chesterton. Interment will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery, Chesterton.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton with a prayer service at 7:30 pm.

Memorials can be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church or to VNA Hospice of Porter County, 501 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383.



Posted 3/31/2009