William R. Anders

William R. "Bill" Anders, 71, of Quincy, died at 6:05 p.m. Sunday (April 27, 2014) in his home.   Born Sept. 27, 1942, in Quincy, Bill was a son of Roy Earl and Mildred Ruth Klusmeyer Anders.

Bill was a 1960 graduate of Quincy High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force in January 1962 and served at bases in California, Ohio and Texas during his career. Bill served three tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He completed courses in jungle survival, water survival and aircraft loadmaster and attained 5,000 accident-free flying hours. He retired in 1981 as a master sergeant.

Bill then accepted an overseas civil service assignment that took him to Korea, where he managed golf courses on various military bases. He resigned in 1990 from the civil service to move back to Quincy to care for his parents. Bill was employed at the Illinois Veterans Home from 1997 until his retirement in 2003.

 A proud member of the Class of 1960, Bill enjoyed taking part in planning class reunions and hosting fellow classmates for golf outings at Cedar Crest Country Club during the reunion. He was an avid golfer who recorded five holes in one and enjoyed playing in the WIGA tournaments and many golf outings. He especially looked forward to playing the Private Joe Golf Tournament and the Alzheimer's Golf Tournament every year. Bill was a part of the "Cedar Crest Gang" who would play cards almost everyday. Bill loved life. He enjoyed a good cigar, going to Kelly's and the "Boat," and having a drink with friends.

Survivors include a brother, Gary Anders, of Quincy; a very special person to Bill, Donna Shields, of Quincy; an aunt, Blanche Klusmeyer of Quincy; and many loving cousins and friends. Mr. Anders was preceded in death by his parents.

Bill was a ART loadmaster at Rickenbacker.   I can recall many good times with Bill.   He was a pal that we all will miss. I found this out when a US Mail letter that I sent to Bill was returned to me today.

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