William James Anderson, Jr., known affectionately as Bill, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 16, 2023, at the age of 77, in Kissimmee, Florida. He was born on June 1, 1946, in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania to his late loving parents, William J. Anderson, Sr. and Ada Burke Anderson.
Bill had a diverse and accomplished career. He dedicated many years of service to the federal government as an accountant. His attention to detail and dedication earned him the respect of his colleagues and peers. Bill's contributions to the field of accounting will be remembered by all who worked with him.
In addition to his successful career, Bill valued education and was a proud graduate of Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. He further pursued knowledge and received a Bachelor's degree from Widener University. His commitment to continuous learning and personal growth was evident throughout his life.
Bill also served his country with honor as a member of the United States Army. His military service was an important chapter in his life that shaped his character and instilled in him values of loyalty and patriotism.
Outside of work, Bill embraced numerous hobbies and interests. However, above all else, he cherished his role as a family man. Bill was a devoted father to his two daughters, Heather L. Anderson of Frederick and Kelly L. Anderson of Walkersville. He adored spending time with them and created lasting memories together.
Music held a special place in Bill's heart, and he often indulged himself by attending concerts. He particularly enjoyed watching the Eagles and Commanders.
Bill's presence at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Walkersville was felt deeply throughout the years. He served as a dedicated member of the congregation in various capacities, demonstrating his unwavering faith and commitment to enriching the community through spiritual guidance.
His involvement extended beyond religious affiliations; Bill also made substantial contributions to the community through his volunteer work with the American Red Cross. His compassionate nature shone brightly, touching the lives of those in need.
Bill was a man of admirable achievements, but he always remained humble and true to himself. He felt immense pride in being the president of AGA (Association of Government Accountants) and previously served as their past president. His leadership skills and dedication to his profession were exemplary.
The love he had for his grandchildren was immeasurable. Jacob M. Dietzel, Lexi N. Anderson, Taylor N. Dietzel, Jamey M. Gannon, Riley J. Gannon, and Cameron S. Gannon will remember their adoring grandfather with fondness throughout their lives.
In addition to his beloved family, Bill leaves behind a long-time girlfriend, Eva J. Williams, who provided him with love and companionship over the years. He maintained a close relationship with Merle J. Anderson, the mother of his daughters, showing unwavering support for their family unit.
Bill's family also comprised numerous cousins whom he cherished deeply. They formed an inseparable bond that brought warmth and laughter into his life.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at Stauffer Funeral Home, 40 Fulton Avenue in Walkersville.
A Celebration of Life service will follow at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2023, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Walkersville. Rev. Philip Beck will officiate. Burial will follow, with military honors, at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Frederick.
In lieu of flowers, an account for Bill's daughter, Kelly, is in the process of being started. Please check back for further details.