Allen A. “Andy” Anderson

February 01, 1925 ‒ May 12, 2005

Lucas, Ohio

LUCAS: Allen A. “Andy” Anderson, 80, of Moffett Road, Lucas, died Thursday morning May 12, 2005 in his home following a long illness.

He was born February 1, 1925 in Pickaway County to William Arthur and Estella (Payne) Anderson, and was graduated from Clarksburg High School there in 1943. He attended both The Ohio State University and Kent State University.

During WWII, Andy served as an aviation cadet with the Army Air Corps’ squadron W 3701st Air Force Base Unit.

Following the war, he settled in Mansfield and worked with the G.L. Rogers International Harvester Dealership. Hence began his career with heavy-duty trucks. In 1959 Andy bought A&B Truck Sales in Mansfield, another IH dealership, which he operated for five years.

He retired in 1982, with more than ten years of service to Graham Chevrolet as a salesman for their heavy-duty truck line.

Andy believed in investing in his local community. He served on the Lucas School Board for 20 years from 1972 to 1992, acting as president most of those years. When consolidation threatened what Andy felt was the better interest of the Lucas School District, he functioned as president of “Lucas Concerned Citizens”, to successfully stave off school consolidation.

He was honored at the All Regional School Board Conference by the Ohio School Boards Association in 1988.

Andy was past president of Lucas Lions Club, as well as past president of Lucas Music Boosters.

In 1982 he contracted “Q-fever”. The non-contagious disease baffled area doctors for three years before he was finally diagnosed at The Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, a first for the hospital. Andy was one of only five in the nation, and ten worldwide to survive the illness. The now common drug Cipro was then imported to the U.S. specifically to treat him.

While hospitalized, he formed a mutual admiration society with then OSU football coach Woody Hayes.

Outspoken in his conservative political viewpoints, Andy was a former chairman of the Richland County Republican Party, and served as chairman of George Herbert Walker Bush’s 1988 Presidential Campaign in Richland County.

He was honored with a private counsel with then president George H.W. Bush, as well as then Vice President Dan Quayle.

Andy was also a gentleman farmer, at various times raising cattle, sheep and chickens, and dedicating nearly half an acre to hundreds of varieties of daffodils.

In a nod to his Air Corps days, Andy had a commercial pilots license, and enjoyed traveling with his wife. Their favorite mode of travel was cruising ~ notably to Alaska, trans Panama Canal, and around the Caribbean. Since 1991 they have wintered in Venice, Florida.

He was a member of Clear Fork Alliance Church.

Andy made significant contributions to the Lucas Community and the entire Richland County area.

He will be remembered for his Love for the Lord ~ his undying Devotion to his Family ~ and his unswerving Allegiance to the GOP!

He is survived by his wife Marian L. (Friend) Anderson, whom he married March 14, 1953; their children Eva Jo and Steve Mihnovets of Hudson, Edward and Tanya Anderson of Lakeville, William and Jennifer Anderson of Lucas, and Margaret and Scott Freeman of Butler; ten grandchildren Jonathan Mihnovets, Michael Mihnovets, Jennifer and Collin Aurand, Eric Anderson, Jennelle Vance, Katy Anderson, Aubrey Anderson, Heidi and Clayton Enzor, Amy Jo and Rick Weemhoff and Drew Freeman and his fiancée Heather Smith; four great grandchildren Garret Aurand, Mia Enzor, and Christopher and Cody Weemhoff; a brother and sister-in-law Arthur and Velma Anderson of Oakridge, Tennessee; three sisters and a brother-in-law Virginia Woodward of Medina, Mary Carrigan of Marion and Norma Jean and Dale Hoffman of Marion; numerous nieces and nephews; and a wide circle of friends.

A sister Erma Anderson preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends Sunday, May 15, 2005 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The worship service, giving Glory to God and celebrating the life of Allen Anderson will be held Monday at 10:30 in Clear Fork Alliance Church, 1008 State Route 97, Bellville, with the Rev. Dr. Michael V. Stine officiating. The Richland County Joint Veterans Council will provide military honors. Burial will follow on his private property.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions to the Anderson Memorial Fund may be made at the funeral home.