Captain Burton M. Anderson U.S.N.R. (Ret), of 2790 Bittersweet Drive, Jamestown, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Heritage Park Rehab & Skilled Nursing, at the age of 98.
He was born Jan. 10, 1915, in Jamestown, the son of the late David G. and Lillian M. Greenwood Anderson. He was married March 4, 1939, to Elinor Ahlquist, who passed away Nov. 17, 2002.
Surviving are three children: Barbara (Michael) Lyons of Bemus Point, N.Y., Nancy (Austin) Belschner of Saugatuck, Mich., and David (Marie) Anderson of Jamestown, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren: Emily Lyons, Aaron (Jennifer) Lyons, Francesca (Doug) Morgan, Kristen Belschner, Garrett Belschner, Abigail Anderson, Joseph (Jymie) Anderson, Joshua Anderson, Michael (Talie) Janus and Jennifer (Ken) Lockridge; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Sydney (Beth Kalor) Anderson of Inverness, Fla.; and two sisters: Delores Sullivan Anderson of Jamestown, and Donna Smith of Deptford, N.J. He also leaves behind his dear friend and companion, Karin Hansen.
In addition to his late wife, Elinor, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Joan Janus.
Capt. Anderson attended Jamestown Public Schools and graduated from James-town High School in 1935, where he was active in the Pretenders Society and took part in junior and senior class plays. He was a member of the varsity de-bate team, the Honor Society and Pi Phi fraternity.
He attended the University of Cincinnati, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, the Army ROTC and belonged to the elite drill team called "The Pershing Rifles,"
His military career began while in high school when he joined and served 2 years in the New York State National Guard, Co. E 174th Infantry based in Jamestown. Commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in December 1942, he trained at Corpus Christi, Texas, and served as a flight instructor at Bunker Hill, Ind. He next served as a ferry pilot at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, N.Y., until receiving orders to the Marshall Islands in the Pacific. He was stationed on Kwajalein Atoll as a test pilot with a carrier air service unit until the end of World War II.
After release from active duty, he joined the Naval Reserve Unit at the Naval Air Station, Niagara Falls, N.Y. Subsequently recalled to active duty in September 1950, he completed night fighter training at Key West, Fla., and was assigned to Attack Squadron VA 857, as a qualified carrier pilot. He was assigned to the staff of Commander Air Group Eight aboard the USS Tarawa. After conducting flight operations in the Mediterranean until June 1952, the air group re-turned to the U.S. and Capt. Anderson was released from active duty on Sept. 1, 1952.
He then rejoined the Naval Air Reserve unit at Niagara Falls, where he served in various assignments until his selection as commanding officer of Squadron VP FASRON 847. After the closing of the Na-val Air Station, Capt. Anderson was an instructor at the Naval Reserve Officer's School in Buffalo, N.Y., until his selection as commanding officer at the Naval Reserve Surface Unit 3-68, Jamestown, N.Y. He completed his naval career as a captain, drilling at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, N.Y.
During his aviation career, he held a commercial pilot rating, a flight in-structor rating and was qualified as an instrument and carrier pilot. He was qualified in over 30 dif-ferent types of planes.
Service ribbons received include the World War II Victory Medal, Naval Reserve Medal, Korean War Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Theater and Mediterranean Theater medals.
In his business career, he was a partner with his brother, Sydney in the operation of Anderson Cleaners. Active in many local organizations, he was a member of the Optimist Club, serving two terms as president; the board of directors of the Jamestown Boys and Girls Club, serving two terms as president; the board of Jamestown Public Schools; the YMCA board; and the Prendergast Library board.
He was a member of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, where he was chairman of the finance committee. Capt. Anderson was also chairman of the Community Chest Drive the first year that it was combined with the Red Cross (now known as the United Way Fund).
He was a lifelong member of Christ First United Methodist Church and was a member of the building committee during construction of the church on the corner of Lakeview Avenue and Buffalo Street.
He was an avid golfer and longtime member of Moon Brook Country Club, serving on the board of directors. He was also a member of the Sportsmen's Club, the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club and the Ira Lou Spring Post 149 American Legion. In addition to his golfing and aviation interests, he was an accomplished skier, and an early member of Holiday Valley.
With his lifelong interest in aviation, he was chairman of the Jamestown Air-port Commission during the period the airport changed ownership to be-come the Chautauqua County Airport and was active during the construc-tion of the current airport terminal.
After selling Anderson Cleaners and retiring in 1976, he spent winters in Florida over the next 20 years. He first resided in the Admiralty Club of Port Orange, where he was ac-tive on the board of direc-tors, serving two terms as president. The Andersons then moved to the Pelican Bay development in Daytona, where he was active as a member of the Homeowners Board. He served as chairman of Golf Club members who negotiated the purchase of Golf Club facilities from a local bank, and served as the first president of the member owned Pelican Bay Country Club. In 1995, he returned to the Jamestown area.
Capt. Anderson will be remembered for his dedication to public service and love of country. His family and friends will never for-get his superb memory, amazing joke telling abili-ties and entertaining monologs.
The funeral will be held at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Christ First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Natalie Hanson will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tues-day in the Lind Funeral Home.
The family deeply appreciates the care and love given by Hospice. They suggest memorials be made to Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Captain Anderson at www.lindfuneralhome.com.