|#1-Published in the Omaha World Herald December 6, 2018|
Anderson, Roy I. Oct 29, 1919 - Dec 3, 2018 Age 99 of Blair, NE, passed away at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Charles Anderson and Anastasia Aggelaki of San Marcos; grandchildren: Chelsea and Blake Bowen of Carrollton, TX, and Laurel Anderson and Laura Fuller of Blair. FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, December 7, 10:30am, at First United Methodist Church in Blair. Graveside services will follow at the Blair Cemetery. VISITATION: Thursday, December 6, with family receiving friends from 6-8pm, at Campbell Aman Funeral Home in Blair. Campbell Aman Funeral Home 444 S. 17th Street, Blair, NE 68008
#2-Published in the Enterprise December 7, 2018
Roy I. Anderson, 99, of Blair passed away Dec. 3, 2018, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Blair. Graveside services will follow at the Blair Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, at Campbell Aman Funeral Home in Blair, with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. At 7 p.m., a Masonic service will be held.
Roy was born on Oct. 29, 1919, the son of Elmer and Anna Anderson. He was raised in the Craig/Oakland area. He graduated from high school and joined the United States Army and served his country in World War II. When he returned home from WWII, he attended the University of Nebraska. After graduation from college, he began teaching and later attended law school. While he was in law school, he was united in marriage to Esther Calhoun in 1946. The couple moved to Blair in the 1950s where he worked as a lawyer and also served as the Washington County Attorney for several years. He shared a practice with Greg Drew in Blair until Roy's retirement in 2005. He was always active in the community through several service organizations and with the First United Methodist Church.
Roy is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Charles Anderson and Anastasia Aggelaki of San Marcos; grandchildren, Chelsea and Blake Bowen of Carrollton, Texas, Laurel Anderson and Laura Fuller, both of Blair.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Esther; daughter, Betsy Anderson; son, Frank Anderson; sisters, Gladys Jack and Lucille Thorndike; and brothers, Clifford and Charles Anderson.
Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church or Memorial Community Hospital & Health Systems in Blair.
# 3-Published in the Enterprise December 14, 2018
Roy I. Anderson will be remembered as a man who always followed through on his word.
"He was very personable and also very reliable, basically did what he said he was going to do," said Greg Drew, a Blair attorney who shared a legal practice with Anderson for 30 years.
Anderson, 99, passed away Dec. 3 at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.
According to the “Washington County, Nebraska History” book, Anderson was born to Swedish parents on a farm in Burt County in 1919. He moved to Blair in 1949 with wife, Esther, and son, Charles Peter, after graduating from law school at the University of Nebraska. The next few years saw the births of Francis Calhoun and Elizabeth May, growing the family from three to five at the same time Anderson was cultivating a law career.
He opened his own legal practice when he moved to Blair, and a couple years later he became the Washington County Attorney, a position he held for nearly 25 years from 1951-1975. It was around the time Anderson left his county position that he joined Drew in his practice.
Drew saw a lot of Anderson's personality and professionalism during the three decades the two practiced law in proximity. From the start of his career in the early 1950s to when he retired in 2005, Anderson was attentive to the legal needs of local care organizations like retirement homes and the hospital, Drew said. Often, he would provide his legal expertise for free.
"They needed help, and I'm reasonably certain for most things, (he) didn't charge them," Drew said. "It was a community service."
Anderson showed an aiding spirit before moving to Blair, too. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In addition to the goodwill he showed to care organizations in his professional life, Anderson was also active in several social groups, civic groups and First United Methodist Church of Blair.
In his personal life, Anderson showed an interest for the outdoors and travel, according the Washington County Nebraska History book. He tended farm land during his legal career and into retirement, and Anderson and his wife would also take their three children on camping trips when they were young. In later years, the couple would take their own trips around Europe and the United States.
Anderson is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Charles Anderson and Anastasia Aggelaki of San Marcos; grandchildren, Chelsea and Blake Bowen of Carrollton, Texas, and Laurel Anderson and Laura Fuller of Blair.
He was preceded in death by his parents wife Esther, daughter Betsy Anderson, son Frank Anderson, sisters Gladys Jack and Lucille Thorndike and brothers Clifford and Charles Anderson.
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Obituaries courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file at the Blair Public Library.