Verl Dean Anderson 1922 - 2010 Abilene
A celebration of the life of Verl Dean “Andy” Anderson, 88, Abilene, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Abilene, with the Revs. Jim Edwards and Merle “Bones” Nay officiating. Burial with military graveside honors will be in the Abilene Cemetery.
Mr. Anderson died Friday, March 26, 2010, at the Village Manor in Abilene.
He was born Feb. 7, 1922, in Agenda, the son of Henry Oscar and Gladys Laurel Pentico Anderson. He grew up and attended the schools in Agenda, and later attended the College of Emporia.
He entered the Army Air Corps and served with the 8th Air Force.
Mr. Anderson received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Kansas University. He taught at WaKeeney for one year, then served at USD 407 Russell from 1949-1976 as teacher, coach, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools. He served as assistant superintendent of schools at USD 435 Abilene from 1976-1988.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Abilene, a life member of the National Education Association and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Abilene and Russell. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Abilene and Russell, American Association and Kansas Association of School Administrators, United School Ad-ministrators, Elks Lodge in Abilene and Russell, and the Abilene Country Club.
He married Catherine McHugh. They later divorced. He married Dorothy Glenda Phillips in 1975 in Lawrence. She survives, of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Doug and wife Brenda, Belton, Mo.; a daughter, Vicki Cathey and husband Steve, Casper, Wyo; a stepson, Mark Hall, Topeka; a stepdaughter, Debra Rhoton and husband Bob, Lawrence; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; four great-grandsons; two stepgreat-grandsons; an aunt, Juanita Pentico Beneda and husband Frank, Agenda; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home in Abilene. Friends may call at the funeral home until the time of service.
The family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church in Abilene or the Hospice of Dickinson County, sent in care of Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW Third St., Abilene, KS 67410.
Online condolences may be sent at mbcfh.com.