PRINCETON — Thomas Herschel Anderson Jr., 87, of Princeton passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.
He was born Oct. 17, 1926, in Farmington to Thomas Herschel Sr. and Edith M. (Garner) Anderson. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1944 and attended one semester at the University of Illinois. He attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, graduating in 1947.
He served in the U.S. Army Infantry during World War II from 1945 to 1946. After the fighting he played the trumpet with the 86th Infantry Band. He married A. Jean (Sprowls) Halberg on April 3. 1977. She survives.
He owned and operated Anderson Funeral Home in Farmington, retiring in 1977. He later worked at Bureau Service Company in Princeton until November 1988. He was a member of Farmington American Legion Post 140 and the United Methodist Church in Princeton.
Also surviving are two daughters, Sundra Edwards of Vera Beach, Fla., and Carla Anderson of Farmington; two stepchildren, Sherry Halberg Kownacki of Normal and William Halberg Jr. of Oglesby; one sister, Mary Lou Record of Edwardsville; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Marta Jean Gasparovich; and one sister, Patsy Jean Stewart.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, in the Anderson Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington with Pastor Rick Atchley of the United Methodist Church in Canton officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, and from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington.
Thomas request no flower or plants. Memorials may be directed to the Veterans Honor Flights.
Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.