DONALD ‘TANK’ ANDERSON | 1937 - 2013 | Obituary

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Born: March 12, 1937
Died: September 22, 2013

U.S. Veteran

Donald Oscar “Tank” Anderson, 76, of Sycamore, Illinois, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb.

Born March 12, 1937, at home on east Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, he was the son of Oscar and Sophia (Greenaway) Anderson.

Quite the athlete, Tank was involved with football and track during his high school years and received all-state honors in the shot put as a prep. He also played catcher and designated hitter for 20-plus years while involved with fast-pitch softball, vying for league, state, national and world titles regularly with various teams in the region, including DeKalb's 35ers. Tank also spent decades officiating IHSA football and was part of numerous state football final crews.

A life-long resident of DeKalb, Don married Dolores “Dee” Marsh on February 24, 1962. They celebrated 51 years of marriage while raising two sons, Darin and Douglas. Don served in the U.S. Army security agency for three years, stationed in Japan. His athleticism led to participation in traveling baseball and football teams during his service. A descendent of the designer and builder of the original house of worship, he and Dee avidly involved themselves with DeKalb's First Lutheran Church.

While helping his wife raise their family, Don worked at Wurlitzer Piano and the DeKalb Fire Department, where he attained the rank of lieutenant, and he finished his career as a municipal servant involved with the fire-prevention arm of the City of DeKalb's code enforcement division.

He was also a past board member of the DeKalb County Voluntary Action Center, and he and his wife delivered VAC's Meals on Wheels for 18 years. With a goal of affording kids an option to stay off the streets, he was one of the six founders of and a former board member of the DeKalb Wrestling Club. He was inducted into the DWC hall-of-fame in 2003.

He is survived by his wife, Dee; sons, Darin (Gina Gonzalez) of Elgin and Douglas (Michelle) of DeKalb; grandchildren, Karena Rodriguez of Chicago, and Megan and Cael of DeKalb; and brother, Richard (Sandra) of Plainfield; as well as numerous nieces and cousins.

The memorial celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 27, at First Lutheran Church, 324 North Third Street, DeKalb, with the Rev. Dr. Janet Hunt officiating. Burial of cremated remains will be held later at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb. Cremation is by Anderson Funeral Home Crematory.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 26, in the First Lutheran Church atrium.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be accepted at Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115. A scholarship fund for the benefit of local youth is being established in his name.

For information, visit or call 815-756-1022.

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