Roy Taylor Anderson

July 17, 1927 – Jan. 17, 2010

Roy Taylor Anderson, born July 17, 1927, in Chicago, passed away Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in Oconomowoc. He leaves behind his wife, Nancy of Dousman; sons, Roger (Kitty) of Lake Villa Ill., and Donald of Boulder, Colo.; daughters, Laura (Layne) Pitt of Menomonie, Mary (Brett) Harrison of Santa Barba, Calif., and Susan Loreth of Menomonie; grandchildren, Tom, Mary and Patrick Anderson, Elizabeth, Tegan, Taylor and Ali Pitt and Alexandra, Sarah and Jessica Loreth; as well as his great-granddaughter, Laela Marie Anderson.

Roy spent his early years, with his brother Dick and sister Mary in Winnetka, Ill., where he attended school through high school. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Philippines, entering Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., at the end of the war and graduated in 1949. It was while he was at Colgate that he and two friends left the winter of Hamilton and traveled to Florida during spring break, starting a tradition which is still followed in many schools.

In 1953, he answered an ad in the Chicago Tribune offering a job in the mailroom the Patterson Publishing Company, publishers of Restaurant Hospitality magazine. He accepted the position with the condition that he was given the next most appropriate position that appeared, and he stayed with the company until he retired in 1989.

In 1954, he and Nancy Liedtke of LaGrange Park, Ill., were married and moved to Deerfield, Ill., where their children grew up. The First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield became a major part of the family’s life and Roy became and elder.

The opportunity to fulfill a lifelong wish presented itself in 1993 when Roy and Nancy bought a house on Pretty Lake in Dousman. Fishing and gardening were favorite activities and their children were frequent visitors. At this time, Roy became a very active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ottawa. The day before his final illness, he read scripture as a liturgist, an activity he felt privileged to be able to do.

Roy entered the hospital Jan. 11, and in spite of excellent medical care, passed away Jan. 17.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the First Presbyterian Church of Ottawa, Dousman.

For more information, contact the church at http://1stpreschurchtripod.com.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home, 567-4457, is serving the family. Visit online at www.pagenkopf.com.