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21 S. Austin Road
Janesville, WI 53548
Phone: (608) 752-2444
Fax: (608) 754-7780
Donald Anderson

Donald F. Anderson

Monday, November 12th, 1934 - Sunday, February 17th, 2019
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Donald Francis Anderson, of Janesville Wisconsin, died February 17, 2019 at the age of 84. His pragmatic problem solving skill, quirky sense of humor, and sage advice will be missed. He believed in personal responsibility: be true to your word, complete what you start, and always-always do your best.
He was born November 4, 1934 in Janesville, WI, the third child of Alvin and Madeline (Tobin) Anderson. He married Frances Hull on July 22, 1960. They have 3 children: Brenda (Ken) Muth, Mark (Becky) Anderson and Matt (Kerri) Anderson; and 7 grandchildren: Joseph and Nathaniel Myatt, Jamie and Bryan Muth, Jacob, Hailey and Tyler Anderson
After he graduated from Janesville High School in 1952, he worked in his uncle’s plastering business until he turned 18, then began his career at GM. He retired as Supervisor of the Materials Department in 1987. After retirement he donated his talents to Faith Lutheran church.
He was truly a self-made man. His path to adulthood began at the age of 8 when his father died, and Don was responsible for keeping the furnace going, snow removal and learning home maintenance. He had an engineer’s innovative mind. At the age of 11, he outfitted an ironing board with wheels and a Maytag gas engine, and drove it around Washington school. He learned house drafting as a high school student, and designed houses that were built on East Memorial drive. For a period of time, Don would work at GM during the day and built houses with George Wait in the evening and on weekends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Nancy, Robert, Gerald, and Carole. He is survived by siblings, Richard, Sandra and Thomas; children, grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Don’s celebration of life will be held at 11:30 AM on February 21, 2019 with Rev. Felix Malpica officiating at FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2116 Mineral Point Ave. A visitation will be held at FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service at 11:30 A.M.
Don’s family would like to thank Dr. Harry Ramsey, and the staff of Agrace Hospice who were available through rain, sleet, snow and the polar vortex. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Agrace Hospice Foundation at 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711, or to Faith Lutheran Church.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:30am
    When
    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
    Location
    Faith Lutheran Church
    Address
    2116 Mineral Pt Ave
    JANESVILLE, WI 53548
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 | 11:30am
    When
    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 11:30am
    Location
    Faith Lutheran Church
    Address
    2116 Mineral Pt Ave
    JANESVILLE, WI 53548
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Felix Malpica

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Derek Montalvo

Posted at 03:05am
I will always remember Don Anderson, he was like a best friend to me since I was a kid. I remember the whole week when he had help me with my school Volcano project for school. Miss you Don you were like my second grandpa. Prayers to the whole Anderson family. Don was a really good person. You will still be in my heart and memories love Derek Montalvo
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Karleen McBride

Posted at 08:44pm
I will forever be grateful for Don “rescuing” my mom (Kris Scully), sister and I from a big ugly slimy caterpillar in the back of mom’s car when I was about 6 years old and living down the street from The Andersons. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.
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Rich Kennedy

Posted at 02:24pm
Fran and Anderson family and friends my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Rich Kennedy Palmetto Florida
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Gary & Kay Muth

Posted at 07:27pm
Fran &Brenda, We are sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We know Don will be greatly missed. Gary & Kay
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Jennifer Knutson

Posted at 01:37pm
Fran – I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Don. He was such warm, charismatic, fun-loving man! I know he will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Jennifer Knutson
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