Richard W. Anderson

November 4, 1934 - December 28, 2011
Richard W. Anderson

Hendersonville, NC

Richard W. Anderson, 77, of Hendersonville, died Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at Pardee Memorial Hospital.

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri on November 4, 1934 to Willard and Ruth Ghormley Anderson. He is also preceded in death by a son, Richard Anderson, and older brothers David and William Anderson of St. Louis. Richard married Dorothy Lee Geno of St. Louis in 1954 and in 1959 they moved to Cleveland, Ohio and then to Canton, Ohio in 1961 when he joined the Leonard Agency. He was in the insurance business for over fifty years and retired as Chairman and President of Leonard Insurance Services in 1996. He held the insurance professional designations CPCU (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter) and ARM (Associate in Risk Management).

Richard was an active member of the Canton, Ohio community and among his positions as president or chairman were Canton Rotary Club, Canton Area Chamber of Commerce, Canton Convention and Visitors Bureau, Canton Area YMCA, and Canton Tomorrow. He was and Advisory Board member of Malone College in Canton and Mt. Union College, Alliance, OH. Richard served as an Ambassador for the Ohio Foundation of Independent College’s and was their Volunteer of the Year in 1992. Among his awards were the YMCA Red Triangle Award, Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, and the Canton Area Chamber’s Community Award of Merit in 1992.

When he and his wife retired they moved to Pompano Beach Florida where they had a residence for many years and in 2000 they moved to Hendersonville. He continued his community service in Hendersonville and was a volunteer at the Visitors Center and was a tour guide at the Carl Sandburg Home. His Collection of short stories “The Little White House” was published in 2010.

Richard is survived by his beloved partner in life for over fifty years, Lee; a daughter Christine Stolz of Columbus, OH; a brother, Gilbert Anderson of Pittsburgh, PA; and a sister, Sara Levins of St. Louis.

His wishes were to meet his maker without family and friends enduring calling hours and a funeral service.

Memorial contributions would be appreciated and may be made to: Camp Tippecanoe Rick Anderson Memorial Fund, Canton Area YMCA, 1333 North Park Ave. NW, Canton, OH, 44708.


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  • December 30, 2011
    Phyllis Vogt says:
    Lee to you and your family, my deepest sympathy. phyll

  • December 30, 2011
    Bill and Robbie Gray says:
    Lee, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

  • December 30, 2011
    John Anderson says:
    Rit was known to our family as Uncle Nicey He will always be remembered as a kind man who wore his smile well.

  • December 30, 2011
    Gilbert B. Anderson says:
    "Rit" (Richard) was the little brother everyone should have. We had our share of tussles, but we never ended an argument without a hug. To say that I'm going to miss him is an understatement. See you later!

  • December 31, 2011
    Betsy Cuthbetson says:
    Uncle Rit, I pulled up to your house in Canton,OH with WV plates on my car and you said with a smile, you need to tuck your car out of site. Always a kind, gentle and generous man. We will miss you Uncle Rit. I know that many friends and family are with you now, enjoy! WE will miss you! Prayers, Love, Support (PLS) to Lee and Christie Keep your wonderful smile and light humor, our loved one will