James “Big Jim” W. Anderson, 89, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Medina surrounded by family and friends. He was born March 29, 1923 in Sheldon, North Dakota, to the late Andy and Mabel Anderson.
He was a school teacher for eight years, teaching in Drake, North Dakota and Norwayne High School in Ohio, and then worked for Hallock Properties for over 25 years, retiring at 62. Jim was an American patriot and a U.S. Army Sergeant. He served his country during WWII all over Europe, was a member of the U.S. Army in the Occupation of Germany, and was in the Battle of the Bulge. As a member of the 78th Infantry Division, 309th Regiment Jim earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Star. He holds lifetime memberships in the local chapters of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the 78th “Lightning” Division Association, and has held leadership roles in those organizations. Jim was a longtime board member of Veterans Memorial Hall and the Medina County. Veterans Service Commission, where he was proud to assist local veterans in his community and was instrumental in bringing the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery to Medina County. He was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2005.
Jim was the loving father of Judy Sleek of Douglasville, Georgia, George Anderson of Meriden, Connecticut and Patti (Marc) Randolph of Seville; dear grandfather of Brittany (Wes) Sleek, Joanna (Torre) Langley, Caroline Sleek, George (Donna) Anderson, Jr., Jamie Anderson, Kristen Anderson and James Rohrer; great grandfather of Annabelle and Savannah Langley, Andy Sleek, and Nicholas and Jeffrey Anderson; and brother, Robert (Janie) Anderson.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Georgana in 2011; grandsons, Steven Andrew “Andy” Sleek and Jeffrey Daniel Anderson; and his sister, Ardys Swanson.
Service will be held 12:30 P.M., Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the Waite & Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina. Pastor Jeffery Kolodziej will officiate. Burial with full military honors will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 and 9 P.M., Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
Contributions may be made to, the Veteran Memorial Hall, attn: Jim Thornberg, P.O. Box 204, Medina, OH 44258.