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Services Friday for Malcolm E. Anderson

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Malcolm E. Anderson departed this life on April 16, 2017, at Vibra Hospital in Crown Point, Indiana.

He was born in Burdick, Indiana, on July 2, 1919, the first of five children of Ernest E. Anderson and Martha I. (Olson) Anderson. His parents were both born in Porter County in 1892. His later born siblings were Eleanor I. Anderson, who married Charles Minugh of California; Reginald Anderson, who married Fern Nicholson, of Chesterton; Anna Anderson, who married R. Walter Erickson of Chesterton; and Elaine Anderson, who married Richard M. Smith of Dunkirk, Indiana.

Malcolm's first four grades were at Burdick School where one teacher taught 8 grades in a one-room building. In May of 1929, a tornado blew down the Jackson Center School building on the same spot for the second time. It was then decided to consolidate all Jackson Township schools into one and build a new school building on a new site. That was completed for the 1930-1931 school year. He went there through 10th grade and completed 11th and 12th grades at Chesterton High School, graduating in 1937. His first job was on the farm and his second job was at Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company in East Chicago.

He enlisted in the United States Army in April 1941. He was in the Army for nearly 5 years before and during World War II, serving in this country and in the European Theatre of Operations. He first set foot on Europe in Grennock, Scotland. His company was put in a cage near Weymouth, England for a few days to stage for crossing the English Channel on an LST to Utah Beach. They were in Hitlerís Germany when President Roosevelt died. They sailed for home from Le Havre after the successful campaign and got home three days before Christmas, 1945, coming through a hurricane on the Atlantic Ocean to get home.

His major for his B.A. Degree was Chemistry, before entering Valparaiso University School of Law, where he received a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Juris Doctor. Two of his chemistry professors worked on the Manhattan Project. When asked why a lawyer wanted a degree with a major in Chemistry he said that he wanted to know how to make a nuclear bomb in case he ever needed one for protection.

On October 14, A.D. 1951, at St. Marcus Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, he married Charlotte M. Jeske, with whom he has two sons, Douglas M. Anderson (Mary) and Eric J.S. Anderson, all of whom reside in Porter County.

Malcolm practiced law in Chesterton for over 50 years and even after retiring went to the office almost daily. Ill health haunted him for the past few years.

Malcolm was a member of Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod for most of his life, first at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, then, in the past 20 or more years, a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Chesterton. At both places he held offices in various positions, including two terms as elder at both places. At Immanuel, he also taught Sunday school for more than 15 years. He also took his turn at conducting Sunday Worship services at Chesterton Health Care, now called Waters, for more than 15 years.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the National Rifle Association, the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, and several other organizations. He held office in the VFW at post level for over 50 years as well as being a delegate to the VFW National Convention for 28 years and holding office at the State and National Organizations of VFW for several years. He was in the State Color Guard for the Military Parade at the National Convention for several years, including the last Military Parade that the VFW ever had.

Malcolm was preceded in death by his parents, all siblings, and his wife Charlotte Anderson.

He is survived by his sons, Douglas (Mary) Anderson of Valparaiso, and Eric Anderson of Chesterton, grandchildren Suzanne (Tim) Goheen of LaPorte, Thomas (Mary) Gaines of LaPorte, Matthew (Ellen) Gaines, of Plymouth, great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at the White-Love Funeral Home at 525 S 2nd St., Chesterton, IN, 46304, on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church,106 E 1100 N, Chesterton, IN, with a visitation from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery. He prepared his own funeral program including the hymns to be sung and chose the subject of the sermon.

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Posted 4/18/2017




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