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PEKIN ~ William Randolph Anderson, 89, of Pekin, passed away at 3:47 a.m. Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Morningside of Pekin, where he was a resident.

Born November 23, 1926 in New Bedford to Arthur W. and Katie E. (Young) Anderson, he married Isabelle Mae Gaunt on December 2, 1949 on a radio show called the Bride & Groom in Hollywood, California.  She died January 13, 1996 in Pekin.  He also was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Ronald Anderson, Richard Anderson, Gail Anderson and his twin, Jim Anderson.

Surviving are four children, William R. “Randy” (Debbie) Anderson, II, J. Douglas (Patty) Anderson, Linda Sue (Ron) Ledger, all of Pekin and Kathy Jo (Dave Nelson)Loftus of Bertram, Texas; thirteen grandchildren, William R. “Bill” (Angie) Anderson, III, Stephen (Meredith Duke) Anderson, Jeremy (Beth) Anderson, David Shallenberger, Justin Wheeler, Kerrie (Dennis) Hansen, Ryan (Karmen) Mayberry, Jordan (Tina) Ledger, Brandon (Kelsey) Ledger, Andersa (Ryan) Nair, Kendra Loftus, Page (Erin) Nelson and Lydia Nelson; sixteen great-grandchildren, Madeline Anderson, William R. Anderson, IV, Lance Anderson, Isabelle Anderson, Drake Wheeler, Morgan (Michael) Gillespie, Maddie Blanch, Josh Blanch, Shawn Mayberry, Samantha Mayberry, Sidney Mayberry, Chase Hansen, Chloee Hansen, Ryleigh Ledger, Connor Nair and Camden Nair.

A World War II Army veteran, Bill was a 1950 graduate of Eureka College. He worked at Pekin Insurance for 46 years as a claims adjuster.

He was a member of First Christian Church in Pekin.  He also was a member of Pekin Moose Family Center 916 and Pekin Elks Lodge #1271.

Bill loved spending time with family and his interests included: antiquing, buying & selling on EBay, watching sports, playing poker and Bingo at Morningside.  He also enjoyed travel and was fortunate to have traveled to China, Europe, Australia, Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and the Panama Canal, all in one year.  He had traveled everywhere but to Russia and South America.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, October 17, 2016 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Johnny Creasong will officiate.  Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin, with military rites accorded by the United States Army and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pekin First Church of God, 2520 Maywood Avenue, Pekin, IL 61554 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Midwest Affiliate, 4722 North Sheridan Road, Peoria, IL 61614.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com