PEKIN ~ Celius Anderson, 84, of Pekin, passed away at 7:10 p.m. Monday, January 30, 2012 at Morton Terrace Care Center.
He was born April 4, 1927 in Starbuck, Minnesota. He grew up on a farm outside Starbuck with his parents, Albert and Cordelia (Nelson) Anderson, his Grandma Sara, and two brothers, Delbert and Roger, and his sister, Carol Kunkel. He went to live with his aunt, Albertina Anderson, in St. Cloud so he could attend Tech High School. He married Norma Waltmire on June 23, 1957 in Pekin. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Carol Schultz of Pekin; one son, Keith (Desiree) Anderson of Libertyville; two grandsons, Erik Anderson of Peoria and Nils Anderson of Libertyville and two granddaughters, Hannah Anderson of Libertyville and Jasmine Schultz of Pekin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Celius graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1952, where he earned his degree in Agricultural Engineering.
While serving his country in the United States Army, he enjoyed playing his saxophone in the 434th Army band. He was a member of the Pekin Barber Shop Chorus who were three time international champions. He also was a member of the Pekin Musicians Local #301 for 47 years, serving in the position of treasurer for over 30 years. He played in the Pekin City Band for over 20 years and many local big bands. He and his wife played in a five piece band for dances and many special occasions for over 20 years.
He worked for Caterpillar, Inc. in their Defense Products Division as a design, service and project engineer for 37 years, retiring in May 1990. He had previously worked for the Department of the Navy, Bureau of Ships in Washington D.C. from 1951 to 1953.
Celius’ greatest joy was spending time and traveling with his children and his family.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Pekin. Rev. Terry Edele will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral Friday at the church. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery in Washington. Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Pekin Park Foundation designated for the Pekin Concert Band, Summer Concert Series 1701 Court St. Pekin, IL 61554-5199.
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