Funeral services for Skip Anderson, 81 year old Buffalo man who passed away Friday afternoon at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Thursday March 7th at 10:00 a.m. from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Reverend Tom Saur officiating. Visitation will be held from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with the American Legion and VFW in charge of military graveside services. Donations may be made to the Skip Anderson Memorial, a fund set up to help his family defray final expenses.
Roger Ray “Skip” Anderson was born on September 14, 1931 in Rockford, Illinois to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Anderson. He grew up and went to school in Rockford and graduated from Rockford East High School in 1948. After high school he attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where he studied Art. During college was married to Elizabeth Monti and in 1951 he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific. He was discharged from the Navy in 1955 he returned to Illinois and went through Peace Officer Training. He was a policeman from 1957 until 1966. He was divorced and moved to Colorado where he was the Chief Marshall of Delores County. Skip owned and operated a log home company in Pagosa Springs, Colorado from 1977 to 1985. He traveled and worked in various states for several years and in 1992 he became reacquainted with an old friend, Rita Jacobs and they were married on May 24, 1996 in Buffalo where they made their home. Skip worked for a time for Gerry Purcell remodeling homes. He remodeled the Occidental Bar and dining room and did private remodeling for several years. He retired in 2007 and continued living in Buffalo. He had been a resident at the Amie Holt Care Center for 3 weeks.
Skip was an accomplished artist; he trained and showed appaloosa horses. He enjoyed hiking and packing in the mountains, hunting and was a western history buff.
He is survived by his wife Rita of Buffalo; two sons, Will Anderson and his wife Mary of Rockford, Illinois and Monty Anderson and his wife Leslie of Ozark, Missouri; one daughter Tina Ree and her husband Glenn of Nixa, Missouri and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and Sister Darlene Lennon.