Jack Anderson, 88, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2010 in Tallahassee, Fla. Services were held Wednesday, February 24 at Overton Funeral Home in Dysart with burial at Dysart Cemetery, also in Dysart.
Jack was born March 23, 1921 in Omaha, Nebraska, son of Ida Carlos Anderson and Andrew Anderson . Jack graduated from Benson High School in Omaha in 1939 where he was involved in band and baseball and served as the Senior Class President. He and his brother, Bob, joined the Iowa National Guard in 1938. After graduating from High School Jack attended Drake University in Des Moines on a Scholarship. His education was interrupted however because he joined the army in 1943. He was stationed at Fort Sill, Okla. where he served as a Gunnery Sergeant in a Field Artillery Unit, later he was assigned to the Fort Sill Army Band. He was discharged from the army in 1946. Jack received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Drake University, Des Moines in 1947. Received his Master of Arts Degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 1948 and received his Ph D in Education from the University of Tulsa, Okla. in 1965. Jack was a member of Phi Delta Kappa. He held lifetime memberships in the American Legion and Masons.
Jack served as a teacher, band director and then Principal at Pocahontas. He moved to Cedar Rapids where he taught for two years and was then appointed principal at Buchanan School in Cedar Rapids. He left education and joined the FBI where he completed training and became a field agent. He operated as a Field Agent in the Midwest briefly and then chose to return to the field of education and earned his Doctorate of Education degree. After receiving his Ph. D he taught at universities in Tulsa, Okla., Killeen, Texas, and Miami, Fla. In 1979 he took a position with the office of Educational Facilities in the State Department of Education in Tallahassee, Fla. He retired from that position in May of 1994. Jack married Ramona Reimer from Dysart in February 1945. They lived in the Killearn area until suffering a massive stroke in April, 2005. He had been the care-giver for his wife who had a genetic bone disease and became an invalid later in life. Jack was a devoted husband to Ramona throughout their lives. They moved into a suite in Westminster Health Center where his wife passed away on February 18, 2006. They had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on February 9.
Jack is survived by his son- Scott Anderson of Tallahassee, Fla. and brother, Bob Anderson of Stamford, Conn. and his sister-In-law , Maria Anderson, (Bob's wife) and Gloria Love (Ramona's sister) and her husband John Love and one niece and two nephews. Florida Funeral: A memorial service was held Thursday, February 18, 2010 in the Frances Chapel at Westminster Oaks.