Tom proudly served our country as a Vietnam Veteran for four years in the U.S. Navy where he earned several medals and commendations. After his duty to his country, Tom spent the next 24 years in law enforcement in Liberal, Kansas. He was the youngest officer to ever be appointed Sergeant in that department. Tom progressed to the rank of Captain and second in command before leaving Liberal. He earned his associates degree in criminal justice and attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He was a member of the Lakeland Christian Church in Shell Knob, Missouri. In his spare time, he enjoyed sports, travel, fishing, camping and discussing politics but, most of all, Tom loved and was proud of his family and took particular pride in his 7 grandchildren. Tom’s straightforward yet genuinely pleasant approach to life along with his humor and playful attitudes will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
In heaven, he will be greeted by his parents; a brother, James Anderson; three sisters, Barbara Anderson Sharp, Wilma Anderson Meyer, and Ruby Anderson French; two brothers-in-law, Terry and Kenneth Barnes.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Shirley Anderson of the home; two daughters, Glenna Mechelle Anderson Fletcher (husband Harlen Ray Fletcher); Tanya Denise Anderson; a son, Scott DeWayne Anderson; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Earl Anderson and Danny Anderson; two sisters-in-law, Debbie Thompson and Lesa Barnes as well as 17 nieces and nephews.
A short service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday May 2nd 2017. at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri. Pastor Dow Escalante will be officiating. Full military honors and inurnment will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org.