A memorial service for Russell D. "Rusty" Anderson Jr. is scheduled on June 17, 2013, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Holly Lake Ranch. The rosary will be led by the Knights of Columbus beginning at 10:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 11 a.m. celebrated by Monsignors Ron Diegel and John Flynn.
Mr. Anderson passed away at the age 74 on June 6, 2013, in Tyler following a courageous battle with cancer.
Rusty was born April 20, 1939, in Parsons, Kan., to the late Russell Dale Anderson Sr. and Helen Nadine (Rouch) Anderson. He married Ruddie Marie Soukup in West on Jan. 16, 1965. He had been a resident of Holly Lake Ranch since 1994 where he attended Holy Spirit Catholic Church, was a former firefighter for the Holly Lake Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Holly Lake Men's Golf Association.
Rusty grew up in Harlingen where he graduated from Harlingen High School in 1957. He then entered the U.S. Navy where he served honorably, obtaining the rank of radioman second class while deployed on numerous ships around the world. In 1960, he was a crewman aboard the USS Burton Island on its historic crossing of the Bellingshausen Sea to carry scientists to Antarctica. Following his tour of active duty, in June 1961, Rusty went to work for Union Carbide in Port Brownsville before becoming an air traffic controller at the Fort Worth Air Traffic Control Center in May 1963. He remained with the FAA until 1981 and later joined the IRS from which he retired as a management analyst in December of 1994.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Ruddie Marie (Soukup) Anderson, of Holly Lake Ranch; sons, Daniel Anderson and wife Myra, of Prosper; Darin Anderson and wife April, of Trophy Club; and seven grandchildren: Nathan, Mackenzie, Sarah, Cooper, Emily, Harlon and Coston Anderson. Also surviving Rusty are his brother, James Anderson and wife Sandie, of Flower Mound; sister-in-law, Mildred Dokupil and husband William, of West; aunt, Mrs. Mary Emden, of San Antonio; and many other nephews, nieces and cousins.
Honorary pallbearers are the Knights of Columbus Council No. 15174 and the '57 Class of Harlingen High School.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor for his grandson, Cooper: The Daniel Cooper Anderson Medical Benefit Trust, c/o American Bank of Texas, P.O. Box 1150, Prosper, 75078.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on June 13, 2013