Gerald William “Jerry” Anson

Gerald William “Jerry” Anson was born on October 6, 1936, in New Truxton, Missouri, and unexpectedly departed his earthly life to live eternally with Jesus on August 6, 2020, in Springfield, Missouri.

He was the son of Donald B and Della E (Dieckman) Anson. He grew up around Warrenton, Missouri, and graduated from Warrenton High School in 1954. He met his wife Sharon Kay Jones in Fulton, Missouri while managing the local Mattingly Brothers store. They were married on August 12, 1960, and would have celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary this year.

He attended SMS (Missouri State University) and graduated from Central Missouri State where he was a basketball graduate assistant to coaches Gene Bartow and Joe B. Hall. In 1967, he moved to Springfield, Missouri where he was a long-time educator, having taught at SMS, Lebanon Vo-Tech, and Graff Vo-Tech (OTC). He was a past president of the Springfield Education Association and a member of MSTA before leaving teaching to start his own businesses.

Jerry had accepted Jesus as his Savior as a young man and had been a member of Grace United Methodist Church. Over the last 35 years, he was a member of Second Baptist Church where he was a past Sunday School teacher and member of the choir.

He was a life-long St Louis Cardinal Baseball fan and a dedicated supporter of the Missouri State Bears athletic programs, especially Lady Bear basketball. He did not miss a home game and enjoyed traveling to see them play many times over the years. He cherished the special relationships he made with many of the players and their families. He was a seasoned traveler and had visited all the lower 48 states, as well as most national parks and state capitals. He loved to take pictures and was an avid flower gardener.

Jerry never knew a stranger and had made many friends at church, school, his bank, the convenience store where he got his daily cappuccino, and in going about his daily life. He always had a smile on his face and liked to give a little ribbing and make you laugh. He was a generous person with his time, talent, and helping those less fortunate.

You could always find him in the stands or audience to watch the many activities of his children and grandchildren; he enjoyed spending time with them and offering his wisdom or advice. His love for his family was evident, and they will miss him greatly but look forward to the time when they will see him again.

He is survived by his wife Sharon, and his daughters, Janet Lee (Springfield, MO) and Linda Bedell (Wichita, KS); He is also survived by five grandchildren, Austin Bedell (London, England), Cameron Bedell, and his wife Anna (Nashville, TN), Ashlyn Bedell (Wichita, KS), Zachary Lee (Raleigh, NC) and Rachel Lee (Nashville, TN) as well as seven great-grandchildren, Jayce, Jaxyn and Jhett Small; Calvin, Anderson, and Kye Bedell, and Aniya Jay. He also leaves behind a cousin, Lorene McGee (O’Fallon, MO) and her children, as well as extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Donnie J Schowe and her husband Stanley, and his stepfather, Lester J Kamper.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital @ stjude.org/ 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105; the American Diabetes Association @ diabetes.org/PO Box 15829, Arlington VA 22215, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Private Family Services will be held, and burial will be in Hazelwood Cemetery, Springfield, MO.

Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”. John 14: 1-3 KJV

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