James Weldon "Jack" Anderson, born March 13, 1925 to Tilden and Clara Anderson in San Antonio, Texas, passed away March 17, 2012 in Bellaire, Texas. Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Dorothy Sagebiel, and brother, Thomas Anderson. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Ruth Anderson; children, Catherine Pett and husband, Richard, June Gonzales and husband, David, Betty Jones and husband, Steven, Jim Anderson and wife, Dawn, and Helen Watson and husband, Carl; eleven grandchildren, Jesse Gonzales and wife, Urvi, Courtney Pett, Elizabeth Gonzales, Matthew Jones, Austin Pett, Eva Jones, Julia Jones, Joseph Anderson, Collin Watson, Susanna Anderson, and Evan Watson; one great-grandchild, Riya Gonzales, many nieces and nephews, and numerous other family and friends.
Mr. Anderson served his country proudly in the Marines during WWII and the Korean War. He received officer training at Texas A&M and Arkansas A&M. Jack graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, and University of Houston with an MBA.
He was a longtime faithful member of Faith Lutheran Church, serving as President of the Congregation in 1962, and in many other capacities. Jack worked his entire career for Exxon, taking his family overseas on assignments to Tripoli, Libya for seven years, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for three years.
During his teenage summers, Jack worked his uncle's ranch near Pottsville, TX, where he also enjoyed hunting, fishing and hosting family and friends during his retirement years. Over the years he enjoyed tennis, squash, racquetball, softball, golf, dominoes, bridge, barbequing and cheering on the UT Longhorns and Houston Astros.
Jack will always be remembered as a very loving husband, wonderful father, grandfather, and faithful friend.
Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Faith Lutheran Church, 4600 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire, Texas 77401, where the funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012 in OK and TK Rea Cemetery, Pottsville, Texas.