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Kenneth Eugene Anderson
October 9, 1936 – January 12, 2021
Kenneth Eugene Anderson, 84, was born in Atchison, Kansas, to Willard and Ida (Schoenfeldt) Gier. He was three years old when his father Willard died, and age five when his mother married Leonard Anderson, “Swede,” who later adopted him. Ken grew up in northeast Kansas City and graduated from Northeast High School in 1954.
Ken proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1965 in communications. After his military service, Ken had a long career as a piping designer and designed many power plants and refineries for over 50 years, with a reputation for quality work. He also worked as a computer programmer in the early years of the industry, which contributed later to his computer- aided drafting.
An active member of Woods Chapel United Methodist Church for over 40 years, Ken also served on the HOA boards of Lakewood Homes and Drumm Farm Villas, and was President of the Board of the KC National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. He enjoyed fishing, golf, walking, reading and photography, and was active in his sons’ scouting and sports activities. He loved cars and could name the make, model and year of most. He had a great sense of humor, enjoyed people, and always had a new joke to tell.
Ken and Mary were married for 53 years and raised three sons. Ken was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, as well as a loyal friend.
The family thanks the staff at Rosewood Health Care at the Groves, and the staff of One Community Hospice for taking care of Ken, especially when his loved ones were not able to be with him.
He is survived by his wife Mary (Oliver), of the home, sons Mike Anderson (Terri) of Spencerport, NY; Jeff Anderson of Independence, MO; and Eric Anderson (Tracy) of Independence, MO; grandson Nate Dutcher of Phoenix, AZ; granddaughter Elisse Dutcher (Henry Santore) of Independence, MO; and great-grandsons, Mars, Luke and Liam Santore of Howard Beach, NY.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. You are invited to sign the guestbook and check back for more details on Ken’s page of the Heartland Funeral Home website www.heartlandcremation.com. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, or One Community Hospice, 15600 Woods Chapel Rd., Suite A, Kansas City, MO 64139.