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James R. Anderson

December 12, 1933 ~ March 26, 2020 (age 86)

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James R. Anderson passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 26, 2020.  He was 87 years old.  James or "JIM" was born in Conklin, N.Y.  As he was growing up he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping.  Selling furs provided him with spending money.  Once he graduated from High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy to serve in the Korean War. He was assigned to Fighter Squadron 22, and served as an  Onordinance Technician, and was responsible  for reloading the bombs, rockets, and machine gun ammunition to ready each plane for another mission to Korea.  He served on the Aircraft Carrier USS Lake Champlain and the USS Hornet.  He served proudly from March 1952 to March 1956, when he was honorably discharged.  He married in 1957,  and found work as a  lineman for Bell Telephone Co.  At that time he moved his family to Windsor N.Y. and lived the rest of his life in that rural town.  Fishing and gardening became his favorite pastimes. 

Once he retired, he was hired to clean up, and maintain 14 separate cemeteries in Windsor Township.  He took a special interest in caring for the graves of every veteran, and made sure a fresh US flag was placed at each grave every year.  He was very proud of being a Veteran of the Korean War and of all veterans that served our country and had great respect for those that gave their lives to protect our freedom.

Jim would be proud of any donations made to the Wounded Warrior Project and the family would appreciate donations made to this worthy cause in his name.  Please donate in lieu of sending flowers

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the Windsor Village Cemetery.   Information about the date and time will be provided when plans have been made.

If you have special memories of Jim, please leave your responses posted on the Osterhoudt Madden Funeral Home site.




James R. Anderson

James R. “Jim” Anderson

1933 - 2020

Windsor, N.Y. – James R. “Jim” Anderson, 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Jim was born on December 12, 1933 to Stanley J. Anderson and Ruth (Kovalefsky) Anderson in Conklin, N.Y. Jim graduated from North High School, Binghamton, N.Y. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March 1952. He worked as an Ordinance Technician on 2 aircraft carriers, the U.S. Lake Champlain and the U.S. Hornet during the Korean War. Jim was honorably discharged in March 1956. He worked for Bell Telephone, was self-employed, and drove buses for the Windsor School District. He also maintained the grounds of 14 cemeteries in the Windsor Township for 21 years. Jim was an excellent golfer, he also loved fishing, hunting, trapping, and grew a large vegetable garden each summer.

Jim was predeceased by his parents and younger brother Raymond Anderson. Jim is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Stoop) Anderson, his daughters Darcy M. Harris and husband Mike Harris of Newton, N.J., Debra L. Travis and partner Dominic Zazzaera of Susquehanna, P.A., Denise A. Cox of Queen Creek, A.Z., and 3 sons, James S. Anderson and his wife Anita Anderson of Fairfield, C.A., Matthew Anderson of Afton, N.Y., and Brian Anderson of Deposit, N.Y. Jim was the Grandfather of 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Jim is also survived by his Aunt Olga Kropa of Scranton, P.A., his brother Robert Anderson and wife Betty Anderson of Conklin, N.Y., his sister in-law Wanda Anderson of Benicia, C.A. and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial service will be planned at a future date and announced on the Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home website. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of James. R. Anderson to the Wounded Warrior Project. Donations and online condolences and memories can be made at



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