Allen Edward “Moe”
Anderson, born August 3, 1925, in Liberty Township, died peacefully on
Sunday, Feb. 12, after a short, sharp decline in his health due to heart
resident of Liberty Township, he lived for the last 4 years as an active
part of the community at Pines Village in Valparaiso.
As everyone who
knew him lately would know, Moe enlisted at age 17 in the U.S. Navy, and
served on an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific during World War II.
Afterwards, he attended Valparaiso and Purdue Universities, graduating from
Purdue in civil engineering.
He married Donna
Ruth Linderman in 1951, and after working briefly for the New York Central
Railroad, Moe joined his wife’s family business, Linderman’s Nursery, with
Donna and her parents Roy F. and Lilah (Hineline) Linderman, all of whom
preceded him in death. He grew trees and shrubs for decades, and landscaped
many of the homes and businesses of northwest Indiana.
He and his wife
raised two sons, Scott Allen and Kelly Dale Anderson, of Vancouver, BC and
Grand Junction, CO, respectively. Over his life, he served as a founding
member and fire chief of the Liberty Township Fire Department, cub master,
little-league coach, member of the Porter County Plan Commission, crew
member in several Mackinac sailboat races, and was active in three churches,
most recently Heritage Lutheran Church of Valparaiso. Hobbies included
rock-collecting and lapidary arts, woodworking, gardening, antique
restoration, and building and fixing machines, autos, and tractors. He even
learned to enjoy opera, especially when son Kelly was singing it. Later in
life he enjoyed reunions with shipmates from the U.S.S. Petrof Bay, and
became an avid computer user in his 70s until his death.
He was preceded in
death by his parents Edward and Grace (Dillingham) Anderson, four siblings,
Edith Anderson, Anagrace DeHaven, Doris Gaines, and Myron Anderson, and by
nephews Richard Gaines and Paul DeHaven.
He is survived by
his sons, their wives, Mary Catherine Kropinski and Elise Helmke Anderson,
nieces Jean DeHaven, Barbara (Gaines) Graham, Deloris (Gaines) Martin, Joyce
(Gaines) Dugas, John Gaines, Mike Anderson, Pegg Anderson, Jody (Anderson)
Nelson, and numerous grand-nephews and nieces.
Visitation is at
Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso, on Wednesday from 3-7 p.m., followed by
funeral services on Thursday, 10:30 a.m. at Moeller’s, followed by burial at
may be made to the Grand Junction Symphony Foundation.