Ivan George Anders

July 22, 1931 — July 9, 2014

Ivan George Anders, 82, of Sun Prairie, passed away July 9, 2014, in his home. Ivan was born on July 22, 1931, in Waukesha, to Pearl and Jessie Anders as the youngest of seven children.

Ivan graduated from Waukesha High School in 1950. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1951, after completing basic training, Ivan married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Curry, at the Mission of San Juan Capistrano, California.

Ivan was deployed immediately to Korea during the war as a tank commander with the 1st Marine Division. He completed his tour of duty in Portsmouth, N.H., and then returned home to Wisconsin. In 1956, Ivan became a trooper with the Wisconsin State Patrol. He rose through the ranks, eventually attaining the rank of captain and Commanding District 1 headquarters in Madison. During his time with the patrol, he became a firearms instructor and team leader of the State Patrol pistol team, winning many state and national competitions. Ivan was a distinguished graduate of the FBI National Academy. He was also a former alderman on the Sun Prairie City Council.

He retired from the State Patrol in 1982 after serving for 26 years. Ivan loved to golf, spending some of his retirement years playing and traveling around the U.S. He also worked with his son Stuart at his business, Allied Industries, from 1994 until he retired “again” in 2009.

Ivan is survived by his wife, Patricia, of 63 years; his five children, Steve (Sheryl) of Cottage Grove, Cathy, (Tom) Kabat of Manitowoc, Deb Turnell of Madison, Scott (Jean) of Flower Mound, Texas, and Stuart (Barb) of Sun Prairie; his sister, Betty (George) Venes of Waukesha; 13 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Ray, Virgil, Dean and Jesse; sister Doreen; and son-in-law Jon Turnell.

A celebration of his life will be held at the home of Stuart and Barb Anders in Sun Prairie on August 7 at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Sun Prairie Food Pantry.

Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Sun Prairie, 608-837-5400, is serving the family. For more information, visit online at