Lewis Glick Anderson passed away September 3, 2021. He was the son of Frederic and Alice (Schultz) Anderson, and was preceded in death by his brother, George, and his daughter, Laura. In spite of being born on Valentine’s Day, 1941, he was a rational and logical person who would engage enthusiastically on topics that mattered. He lived a full life that included serving in the US Army where he was stationed in Verdun, France. There he learned to speak fluent French, a gift he would use for the rest of his life on his travels. He loved learning, but not the classroom. He was fond to say that he spent more time in the pool halls than studying his major of math, and the University of Missouri can probably attest to that. He was a proud Mizzou alum, even though he told his family he was probably the last alum to graduate on probation (we never fact checked that, we just believed him). He loved tinkering and fixing things, especially repairing pinballs and jukeboxes, which he provided to many people over his lifetime. His love of pinballs lasted his entire life, and his love for his era of music was something he successfully passed on to his children. His love of learning and technical skills led to his passion for computers and his professional career, where he excelled working at Firestone Tire and Rubber Company as a Computer Programmer for 30 years, starting in Decatur, IL, then Noblesville, IN, before spending the last 25 years of his professional career at the Firestone Computer Center in Akron, OH. The people that he met there enriched his life and his family would like to thank those colleagues, several who were his lifelong friends. The family would also like to say thank you to his extended family, whose impact on his life was profound, as well as a special thanks to all the teachers, both formal and informal, he met on his journey and impacted his life, as there were many. In addition to his technical knowledge, he also loved to learn and explore, a gift he shared and inspired in his family, having provided them with many ‘firsts’ in learning and exploring our beautiful world. His son, Steven, was happy to share several new adventures with his father later in life, including their last big trip, which was to Russia, a place Lewis’s father traveled to during his lifetime when it was known as the Soviet Union. It was a small way to give a little back to dad for all the sacrifices he had made for his family. The last few years of his life were spent living through aging and dementia, where he enjoyed adventures only he could tell us about. His family is thankful for the life lessons he taught us: to apply ourselves, to learn and be inquisitive, to understand the value of dialogue around difference, facts, and ideas, to spend quality time engaged in good dinner conversations, and the value of a dollar-and more important the value of saving a dollar and sacrifice. While these lessons might not have been appreciated all our lives, they have served us well, and lessons we hope his grandchildren learn. If you would like to do something in his memory, give, in deed or dollar, to someone or some organization in need or near and dear to your own heart. The family would recommend the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association, but any effort doing good in our world is worthwhile. And make the world a kinder and gentler place each day by loving those living in it.
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