December 5, 1922 ~ May 8, 2009
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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