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Milo Anderson

November 9, 1921 — July 7, 2016

Milo Roger Anderson, 94, of Ursa passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016 in Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

Milo was born on November 9, 1921 in Ursa to the late Chester Wayne and Hazel (Lewis) Anderson. He married Billie Peters on June 12, 1999 in the Ursa Christian Church in Ursa. Billie survives of Quincy.

Milo Graduated from the Mendon Township High School in 1940 and graduated from the Gem City Business College in Quincy. He took a civil service position in Washington D.C at the Beginning of World War II and on October 3, 1942, Milo, enlisted in the Navy Reserve. The navy sent Milo to California, where he intercepted radio messages sent from our Enemy, Japan. He also served in Washington and Guam. He was discharged on February 26, 1946 and returned to Washington and worked for the government for about a year.

Milo’s love for Ursa and his family brought him back to the Midwest and in 1946 he purchased a small café and service station along the highway. His success with his business led him to build a new café across the street in 1949. Milo owned and operated Anderson’s Café for over 21 years and it is still a favorite place to gather for not only the local Ursa residents, but also for those passing through. In 1959 he was elected and served as Justice of the Peace for Ursa Township. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for a short time and then began a 14 year career with Prairie Farmers Magazine, selling Insurance. He traveled from coast to coast with his mother, Hazel in their motorhome.

Milo was a lifetime and very active member of the Ursa Christian Church in Ursa, Bear Creek American Legion, a charter member of the Ursa Lions Club, where he was a Kevin Jones Fellow. Milo had a keen interest in the history and genealogy of his family as well as the history of the Ursa area and its residents. He, along with his wife Billie organized the North Adams Historical Society. He researched and wrote a book on his mother’s family titled “My Mothers People” and another book titled “Ursa Township, It’s People and Neighbors.”

Milo is survived by his wife, Billie Anderson of Quincy, One sister, Vivian Cannell of Mendon, one niece, Susan (Merle) Kenady of Timewell, Brent (Vickie) Cannell of Mendon, Bruce (Mary)Cannell of Quincy, Curtis (Lois) Cannell of Laramie, WY, two first Cousins, David (Emily) Lewis of Quincy, Larry Lewis of Quincy, several nieces and nephews and Billie’s sons, Kent, Mark and Craig Peters and their families all of the Chicago area.

He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Henry Cannell.

Services will be 11:00 A.M. on Monday, July 11, 2016 in the Ursa Christian Church in Ursa with Reverend Bill Mitchell officiating. Interment will be in New Providence Cemetery near Ursa with military honors conducted by the Bear Creek American Legion and Taps played by David Lewis. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services on Monday in the Church. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Ursa Christian Church or the North Adams Historical Society. You are invited to share memories and leave condolences at www.hunterfuneralhomes.com

Milo Roger Anderson, 94, of Ursa passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016 in Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

Milo was born on November 9, 1921 in Ursa to the late Chester Wayne and Hazel (Lewis) Anderson. He married Billie Peters on June 12, 1999 in the Ursa Christian Church in Ursa. Billie survives of Quincy.

Milo Graduated from the Mendon Township High School in 1940 and graduated from the Gem City Business College in Quincy. He took a civil service position in Washington D.C at the Beginning of World War II and on October 3, 1942, Milo, enlisted in the Navy Reserve. The navy sent Milo to California, where he intercepted radio messages sent from our Enemy, Japan. He also served in Washington and Guam. He was discharged on February 26, 1946 and returned to Washington and worked for the government for about a year.

Milo’s love for Ursa and his family brought him back to the Midwest and in 1946 he purchased a small café and service station along the highway. His success with his business led him to build a new café across the street in 1949. Milo owned and operated Anderson’s Café for over 21 years and is still a favorite place to gather for not only the local Ursa residents, but also for those passing through. In 1959 he was elected and served as Justice of the Peace for Ursa Township. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for a short time and then began a 14 year career with Prairie Farmers Magazine, selling Insurance. He traveled extensively with his mother in their motorhome.

Milo was a lifetime and very active member of the Ursa Christian Church in Ursa, Bear Creek American Legion, a charter member of the Ursa Lions Club, where he was a Kevin Jones Fellow and Milo along with his wife Billie organized the North Adams Historical Society. He researched and wrote a book on his mother’s family titled “My Mothers People” and another book titled “Ursa Township, It’s People and Neighbors.”

Milo is survived by his wife, Billie Anderson of Quincy and her children, Kent, Mark and Craig Peters, One sister, Vivian Cannell of Mendon, one niece, Susan (Merle) Kenady of Timewell, Brent (Vickie) Cannell of Mendon, Bruce (Mary) of Quincy, Curtis (Lois) Cannell of Laramie, WY, two first Cousins, David (Emily) Lewis of Quincy, Larry Lewis of Quincy and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Henry Cannell.

Services will be 11:00 A.M. on Monday, July 11, 2016 in the Ursa Christian Church in Ursa with Reverend Bill Mitchell officiating. Interment will be in New Providence Cemetery near Ursa. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services on Monday in the Church. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Ursa Christian Church or the North Adams Historical Society. You are invited to share memories and leave condolences at www.hunterfuneralhomes.com


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