James N. Anderson, 86, of Lombard, formerly of Abingdon and Tampa, Florida, died peacefully at 1:30 a.m. Friday, June 1, 2018, at Sunrise of Fountain Square in Lombard, Illinois.
Jim was born March 3, 1932, in Galesburg to George E. and Mildred M. (Jacobs) Anderson. He was raised in Abingdon. He played football, basketball, and competed in track for Abingdon High School.
After high school, he attended Monmouth College, before graduating from Knox College in 1954.
Jim married Grace M. Jensen on June 14, 1958, in Galesburg. She preceded him in death on January 21, 2007.
After college Jim served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957 in an artillery unit in Germany.
He then went to work as a packaging designer and salesman for Alton Boxboard, before becoming a salesman for Marbon Chemical (later known as Borg Warner Plastics). At Borg Warner, Jim became a marketing manager and during his time with Borg Warner, he and his family lived in Michigan, West Virginia, Holland, and Belgium. After returning from Europe, Jim worked for a division of Occidental Petroleum, and he and his family resided in Port Jefferson, New York. They relocated to Dover, Delaware, when Jim worked for Dentsply. Jim went on to own his own business, JAF Plastics in Florida, before finally retiring and returning to Abingdon to attend to his family.
Jim was a member of many professional organizations, including time as a Florida Chapter President for the Society of Plastics Engineers. He was a member of Abingdon United Methodist Church. He enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, and was an avid golfer.
He is survived by his sons, Steven (Suzanne) Anderson of Wheaton, Illinois and Eric (Patricia) Anderson of Dade City, Florida; and three grandchildren, David, Natalie and Nicolle.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2018 at the Abingdon United Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Nancy Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Abingdon Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Knox College, Alzheimers Association, or the American Cancer Society. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Abingdon Chapel is handling arrangements for the family. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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