John K. Anderson, a long time resident of Redondo Beach, CA for 23 years, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 8, 2009 in Torrance, CA. John was born in Roseville, Michigan on December 5, 1922. He was the son of Rudolph and Albena Anderson, one of five children. John graduated college earning a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Detroit. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he married Esther Zoellner in November of 1947. John and Esther relocated to California in 1952 where he began his highly successful 25 year career as a Special Agent for the FBI. Retiring from the FBI, he continued his career as a Security Director for Hughes Tool and Aircraft. John was a devoted family man and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He thoroughly enjoyed reading the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Daily Breeze. In retirement, John and Esther spent their vacations in Laguna Beach and Sedona Arizona. He enjoyed playing bridge and discussing any topic you could imagine bringing his own special wisdom to the conversation. John was a long time and active member of the Society of Former FBI Agents, the Knights of Columbus and the Elks and was a regular usher at the 8 AM Sunday Mass at St. James Catholic Church. He was passionate about God, religion, life and his Family. He will be missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. John is survived by Esther his wife of 62 years, his children Gary and his wife of Marietta, GA, Kevin and his wife of Kagel Canyon, CA and Patricia and her husband of Ladera Heights, CA; as well as his sister Gertrude Strauss of Detroit MI; and 8 grandchildren. A Mass for John will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday May 16, 2009 at St James Catholic Church, 415 Vincent Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Memorial Services will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park with a reception to follow at St James Catholic Church.

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  1. Dearest Kevin and Jana, Grant, Dylan, Gabriel and I send our love and support to you and your family. What a wonderful, intersting man your father was! Please know we are thinking about you both. Lots of love, Arlene, Grant, Gabriel & Dylan Toronto, Ontario

  2. We have many fond memories of John and Esther. John and Esther, Grace and I worked the KC fish fries together for many years. We each had a apron made especially for us. John’s, because of being retired from the FBI had a fish holding a magnifying glass like a detective. Also,John and I played golf together for many years. One of our golf partners always had a problem giving the right score, so, because John was a retired FBI agent we knew he was the right man to keep an eye on this fellow’s score. John would say, “you were here in one”, “you were here in two”, etc. and give the cheater his correct score, “You are right”, the errant one admitted. He, and all of us, recognized that one one could cheat an retired FBT agent! Much Love – Jerry and Grace

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