Cadillac - Jon C.E. Anderson, MD, of Cadillac, began his voyage with God on August 28, at age 74.
Dr. Anderson was born and raised in Grand Rapids to parents Carl E. and Eileen V. (Aurand) Anderson. He attended the old South High School (Class of 1961), then Grand Rapids Junior College. He was a proud graduate of his beloved Michigan State University (Magna Cum Laude and Phi Kappa Phi), and then later graduated medical school from Wayne State University. Dr. Jon completed an internship at Blodgett Memorial Hospital in Grand Rapids and finished his training in his anesthesiology residency at the University of Iowa. He practiced anesthesia for 18 years at the former Mercy Hospital in Cadillac. Dr. Jon served on the Executive Board of the hospital for nine years and was President of the Wexford-Missaukee Medical Society. Following additional training back at the University of Iowa in cardio-thoracic and neurosurgical anesthesia, he completed the remainder of his 33 year medical career at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids as a partner with Anesthesia Medical Consultants. He then retired and has spent his later years as a "professional grandfather"to the loves of his life, his grandchildren. For most of his life he was an avid skier, an accomplished sailor, and a patient and mostly successful deer hunter at the famed Johnson family deer camp near Hobart. The Boy Scouts of America was a special influence for most of his life. As a young Scout, he received their highest awards: the Eagle, the Explorer Silver, and the Order of the Arrow Vigil awards; the Scouting ideals were what he lived by. The summers of his youth were spent on the staff at the Scout camp Shawondossee on Duck Lake. And in later years, he served as the Committee Chairman for Troop 125 in Cadillac and on the Executive Board of the Scenic Trails Council.
Surviving him are his son, Dr. Kevin (Kathleen) of Cadillac and his daughter, Heather (Nick) Goetzinger of Portage, MI. Also surviving him are his six grandchildren, Molly, Christopher, and Benjamin Anderson and Paige, Ella and Spencer Parker; his sister, Mary Brooke Clark of Cadillac; his brother, Dr. Todd Anderson of Midland; a very special friend and companion, Patricia Kelley; and many other loving family members and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Carl and Eileen Anderson.
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Hitesman-Holdship Funeral Home, September 7th from 6-8 pm. A memorial service celebrating Dr. Jon Anderson's life will be conducted at the First Presbyterian Church in Cadillac on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Peggy Houston to preside.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Troop 125 in Cadillac or to the Susan Mast ALS Foundation.
Dr. Anderson leaves behind a legacy of kindness, careful attention and gentle service towards his patients, and a lasting, loving bond with his family and friends.
The family is being served by the Hitesman-Holdship Funeral Home.