Dennis Allen Anderson

By on September 23, 2010

Dennis Allen Anderson, 67, of Elburn, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, due to complications of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

He was born Feb. 1, 1943, in Geneva, the son of Sten and Margie (Allen) Anderson.

Dennis grew up in Elburn on a dairy farm. He attended local schools and graduated from Kaneland High School in 1961. Later, he attended Eastern Illinois University.  

Dennis entered the U.S. Army in 1966. Stationed in Germany, he proudly served his country for two years.

Dennis and Leona were married on July 5, 1969, at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake.

Dennis worked for several years for Jewel Food Stores. Later, he worked for the Kane County Department of Transportation until his retirement. 

Dennis was a faithful and lifelong member of the Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake. He also was a 40-year member of the Elburn American Legion, Post No. 630, and a member of the Elburn Lions Club, where he received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. In addition, he served on the board of trustees for the Town and Country Public Library in Elburn.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Leona; two sisters, Stena Warne of Mesa, Ariz., and Donna Grimes of Belvidere, Ill.; nephews,  Gideon Warne and Lowell Dean Oranger; nieces, Tena Simpson, Kimberly Lang and Shauna Pena; great-nieces and nephews and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, will officiate. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake or the International Mesothelioma Program. Checks may be made to the “Dennis A. Anderson Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at