Malcolm E. Anderson
departed this life on April 16, 2017, at Vibra Hospital in Crown Point,
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,
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
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.
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.
preceded in death by his parents, all siblings, and his wife Charlotte
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.
Memories may be