Virgil Dean Anderson

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Virgil Dean Anderson went to be with Jesus on November 14 at Delmar Gardens in Lenexa, Kansas. Virgil was born in Adams County, Iowa, to Guy E. and Merle Enid (Farris) Anderson on April 12, 1937. His great-grandfather, Gideon Farris, was one of the founding members of Adams County in 1853. Virgil was graduated from Corning High School he served in Germany. After leaving the Army, he attended Junior College in Corning IA, where he enjoyed singing in both a quartet and choir. He and his wife, Sylvia Lynn Moyer, celebrated 61 years of marriage with their family on October 15.
Virgil worked for several years as head bookkeeper for the Mission State Bank in Kansas City. During this time, he was graduated from the American Institute of Banking. He then worked at McPike Drug Company as traffic manager for several years before becoming a plumber. His company, Admiral Plumbing and Heating, served many Kansas City area residents for over 30 years. After retiring, he worked at Hen House in Fairway, Kansas, where he enjoyed his encounters with the community. Nothing made him happier than sharing one of his favorite jokes to Make America Laugh Again.
Virgil’s ingenuity was evident in his creation of over 50 unique bikes which brought Evangelistic Center Church campers much joy for several years and were also highlighted by Wendall Anschutz’s TV feature on Place to Place in 1975. Virgil’s love of Christmas was evidenced by the beautiful carolers and light concepts he arranged annually in his front yard.
Virgil always found a way to fix anything brought to him needing repair. So his grandchildren never fretted about something being broken, as they would confidently announce, “Grandpa fix!” He spent his entire life helping others (including many widows) with their practical needs.
Virgil is survived by his wife: Sylvia Anderson, daughters: Stephanie Rutledge (Stan Rutledge) of Independence, MO and Kimberly Cortez (Dr. Derek Cortez) of Onalaska, WI; five grandchildren: Eric Peterson, Aimee Espy, Devin Cortez, Colin Cortez, and Lauren Douglas; and six great grandchildren: Michael and Everleigh Peterson, Miles, Marley and Reagan Espy, and Ada Cortez.
Preceding Virgil in death were his parents, brother: William Anderson; and sisters: Genevieve Robertson, Laurena Herzberg, and Leona Gourd.
Services will be held at Evangelistic Center Church, 5650 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS on Saturday November 20 at 10:00 AM. Burial will be Monday, November 22, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.