DIXON – Ronald Wayne Anderson, 78, of Dixon, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at his son’s home in Etna, Calif. He worked for the Rock Island County Illinois Sheriff’s Department from 1965 to 1966, the Milan Illinois Police Department from 1958 to 1965, and retired as a lieutenant from the Illinois Secretary of State Police on Jan. 1, 1991, after 25 years of service.
Ronald was born Jan. 22, 1934, in Hampton, the son of Raleigh and Mabel Dorothy (Hofesetter) Anderson. He married Carol (Gillespie) Blattner on July 9, 1967, in Moline. She preceded him in death on July 2, 2001. He was a member of the Dixon Gyro’s and the Dixon Elks Club B.P.O.E. No. 779.
Survivors include two sons, Rickie Carl (Teresa) Anderson of Etna and Daniel Thomas Anderson of Rock Island; two daughters, Kris (Joe) Burns-Anderson of Muscatine, Iowa, and Catherine “Cathy” Webb of Silvis; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; one son, Brian Anderson; one granddaughter, Jennifer Larson; and one sister, Shirley Nice.
Visitation will be at noon, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon, with the Rev. Mike Jones, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Dixon, officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Madrone Hospice, 255 Collier Circle, Yreka, CA 96097 or Dixon Gyro’s.