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Edgar Andersen
(09-17-1917 - 11-16-2011)

Edgar A. Andersen, a lifelong resident of Elgin, passed away on November 16, 2011. Nicknamed “Pete” as a child, he was born September 7, 1917 to Alfred E. and Petrella (nee Hansen) Andersen. A businessman much of his life, he began as a child of seven selling the Elgin Daily News in front of the Elgin Watch Factory while his sister Mary Jane sold magazines at a side entrance. As a young man he was a delivery person for the News Agency until enlisting in the Marine Corps. Later, while working at McGraw Electric, he met his beloved wife, Gladys “Peggy” nee Jensen; they were married on November 21, 1941. As a young couple they worked in Elgin’s factories to aide the war effort. Wanting to advance himself and the lot of his young family, in the mid 1950’s he sought employment in insurance sales, working for Western and Southern Life, Prudential, and other companies for the next 20 years. He yearned, however, to own a small busines and so turning to his roots, he purchased the Elgin News Agency and later opened the “Downtown News.” The store and his civic pride moved him into Elgin politics, serving as a councilman from 1983-1987. In addition to the Downtown News, many Elginites knew Pete from his many contributions to the community that meant so much to him. He was a charter member of the Elgin Detachment of the Marine Corps League, served on the Board of Directors of the Larkin Home for Children, the Board of Trustees for Zion Lutheran Church, and was a member of the Elks, the Riverside Club, and the Noontime Kiwanis.

His beloved wife of 67 years, Gladys, grandson Daniel Braun, parents and Stepmother Forest L. Andersen, brother Bernt Andersen, and sister Mary Jane Doty preceded him in death. He is survived by his three daughters Jerri (Ken) Barnhart and Mary (Martin) Gregory of Elgin, Dr. Barbara Andersen (Dr. Jerry Tobler) of Columbus, OH; four grandchildren Jeffrey Mortellaro (Lisa Gambrell), Jodi (Eric) Perkins, and Christina and Anthony Cacioppo; and a great grandson Mitchell Ostdick. His extended family includes several nieces, nephews, and step grand children and step-great grand children.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 pm on Friday November 18 at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday November 19, 2011. Burial will follow at Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Pete’s name to Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church of Elgin. www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com or 847-741-8800.

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