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Donald T. Anderson

January 19th, 1937 – January 16th, 2017

Donald T. Anderson, age 79, of Springfield, IL, passed away at 4:55 am on Monday, January 16, 2017 at his home. He was born on January 19, 1937 in Springfield, IL, the son of Donald T. and Lucille A. (Leonard) Anderson. They preceded him in death.

He married Judith Skiles on October 28, 1967 at Central Baptist Church in Springfield, IL. She survives. Also surviving are his two children, Lori (and Rich) McDonald of Girard, IL and Brian Anderson of Springfield, IL, their “Purdue” son, Chris (and Bethany) Clopton of Lafayette, IN and their four children and several nieces and nephews.

He graduated from Ridgeley Grade School, Lanphier High School, Purdue University with a B.S. Degree in 1959, Sangamon State University (now UIS) with a M.A. in 1975, and SIU Carbondale with a Ph.D. in 1984.

Donald served in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Reserve.

He served on the staff at Georgia tech in Atlanta, GA as an Adjunct Professor.

Donald was employed by School District 186 of Springfield, IL. He also worked at Simplex Engine Generator Control Systems, Motorola, ISBE, IDPH, Asbestos Professional Services in Breese, IL, the Environmental Institute of Marietta, GA, and served as a consultant to the USEPA in Washington, DC. He also taught asbestos related courses both nationally and internationally.

He was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Springfield and had served on many boards and committees. He was previously a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Club, ANSAR Shrine, was a 32nd degree Mason, the Scottish Rite Bodies, Legion of Honor, and the Firefighter’s Club. He was also Chief of the Springfield Auxiliary Police Department when it was disbanded.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 18th from 5-7 pm at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Full military rites will be accorded at 7:00 pm by the Astoria American Legion Post #25. Additional visitation will be held on Sunday, January 22nd from 5-8 pm at the Central Baptist Church in Springfield, IL Services will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, January 23rd at Central Baptist Church. Reverend Mary Ellen Sharp will be officiating. Interment will be in the Ridgeville Cemetery, Browning IL at 3:00 p.m on the 23rd. Memorials may be made to the Donald and Judith Anderson Football Scholarship at Purdue University or the Shriners Children’s Hospital.


January 17th, 2017

So sorry for your loss. In God love. Jim and Connie Dodd.

January 18th, 2017

So sorry to hear this. Prayers for comfort and peace during this time of grief. God bless you and the family. Kathy and Maurice Cox.

January 18th, 2017


January 18th, 2017

Thinking of you at this time. May God surround you with peace and love. What a great life Donald has lived, and I'm sure he has touched many lives of others. ~ Judy Beaird

January 18th, 2017

So sorry for you loss, Judith.
Pamela and Myron

January 18th, 2017

So sorry for your loss. Joe & Donna Mudra

January 18th, 2017

Saddened to hear of Don's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Don & Joyce Corrigan, Anna, IL.

January 18th, 2017

Don was a great friend and inspired many friends at the fit club.He will be missed by many.

January 19th, 2017

Judy, so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you. Mary and Ron Herrera

January 19th, 2017

So sorry for your loss. He was a great guy; we shared a lot of war stories at fit club.
To Don: May you have clear skies and tailwinds as you "head west". Semper Fi, Marine!
Roger Riggs, USAF retired

January 19th, 2017

So sorry that Don wasn't more connected with the "55er's" from LHS. Our condolences.

January 20th, 2017

Our deepest condolences to you Judith and to your Family.
May you draw comfort from God's Love and from the Love and Support of Family and Friends to give you strength and peace during your time of sorrow. Sincerely Your Computerman - Call Keith aka Keith & Jo Allen

January 21st, 2017

Sorry about Don s passing Judith I wanted to ask him one more time "Are you a turtle"? Audrey & Ralph Ressler Melbourne Fl

January 22nd, 2017

So sorry to learn of the passing of my fellow football official and friend. Don served as a groomsman in my wedding. Peace be with you. Jim Cox, Oxford Ms.

January 22nd, 2017

He was good man ,always friendly with a smile for everybody. I knew him at ISBE. May God comfort you at this difficult time.

January 23rd, 2017

So sorry to hear about Dons passing. Our Son Sean played football at Purdue & Don was s good about calling & sending letters to keep up with Seans football life. We really appreciated that. I met Don At Fit Club years ago. Again ou deepest sympathy. Dave & Lori Robinson

January 23rd, 2017

Sorry to hear about Don's passing. He was my seventh grade homeroom teacher at Hay-Edwards and you both were great neighbors to my parents. Dick Gunning