NEW STRAWN — Edwin Lee “Ed” Anderson, 66, died June 7 at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. Born Jan. 4, 1946, in Emporia, he was the son of Ernest Otto and Marjorie June (Garrett) Anderson. He grew up on the family farm, northeast of Burlington, and attended Martindale rural school. He graduated from Burlington High School. He then entered the United States Navy, serving aboard the USS Hornet at the end of the Vietnam War.
Following his discharge, he returned home and worked for his uncle, Clarence Anderson, in the two-way radio business. He purchased the business and operated Ed’s Radio Service for a number of years. From 2001 to 2011, he was employed by Mobile Radio Service in Great Bend until his retirement. He commuted to New Strawn on weekends. On Sept. 23, 1973 he married Patricia Sue Mahar at Waverly. They became the parents of two sons and suffered the loss of their oldest son, Mitchell Anderson, on June 10, 1994.
Mr. Anderson was a 37-year member of Hull-Cromwell Post No. 119, American Legion at Waverly, a charter member of the New Strawn Fire Station of Coffey County Fire District No. 1; served on the New Strawn City Council from 1976 to 1983; was recently appointed to the Coffey County Airport Board; had served on the Stringtown Cemetery Board, and was a longtime member of the National Rifle Association. He was a licensed amateur radio operator for many years, was a member of the Emporia Amateur Radio Club and attended the Golden Belt Amateur Radio Club in Great Bend.
Survivors include his wife, Patty, of the home in New Strawn; a son, Matthew Anderson and his wife, Jennifer of New Strawn; three brothers, Ray Anderson and his wife, Maria of Topeka, Jim Anderson and his wife, Tami of Phoenix, Ariz., and Joe Anderson and his wife, Liz, Glasco; a sister, Barbara Schmidt and her husband, Ron of Puyallup, Wash.; two sisters-in-law, Jackie Clarkson of Waverly, and Peggy Burkdoll and her husband, Dave of Melvern; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son Mitchell Anderson; his parents; and two infant brothers, Stephen and William Ernest.
Services were held on June 12 at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington. Burial followed in Stringtown Cemetery, northeast of Burlington. Memorial contributions may be made to Hull-Cromwell Post No. 119, American Legion, and sent in care of Jones Funeral Home, P.O. Box 277, Burlington, KS 66839.