Daniel Matthew Anderson, 75, of Defiance, Ohio, succumbed to a longtime battle with cancer in the comfort of his own home; surrounded by his family on March, 13th, 2020. He was born November 25th, 1944 to Loyd and Virga Anderson in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated from Cherubusco High School, Indiana in 1963 and joined the United States Army. He served during the Vietnam era in Adis Ababa Ethiopia and in Libya, returning home in 1966. He retired from Ferro Corporation in Stryker, Ohio.
Daniel is survived by his wife Evelyne (Crosser)-Evie-Anderson of 44 years, daughter Tamala (Anderson) Brown and her husband William, son Christopher Anderson and his wife Donia, daughter Patricia Mays, son Cletus Schindler and his wife Kelly, daughter Rhonda Taylor, sister Clara Mitchell and her husband Pete, sister Anna Keirn, sisters-in-law Barbara Anderson of Arizona, Barbara Anderson of Indiana and many loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Daniel was a loving father, husband, grandfather, and a special friend to everyone.
Preceded in death were two daughters Twilight Dawn and Danielle Christina, sisters and husbands Ruby (Bob) Dial, and Mary (George) Fletcher. Brothers and wives James (Betty) Anderson, Carl (Alice) Anderson, John (Donna May) Anderson, Mark (Marge) Anderson, Emmett Anderson, Norman Anderson, Donald (Janet) Anderson, brother-in-law Lawrence Keirn and seven nephews.
Daniel was a patriotic Army veteran who served in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was one of the first AMVET post 1991 commanders in Defiance, Ohio and served as a life member. He was also a Golden Eagle at Defiance Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 372, a member of Continental American Legion Unit 541 in Columbia City Indiana, VFW Post 5582, and East Side Star Hose Co.#4.
He loved travel, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his family. Daniel was always there to help relatives and friends with any project or concern. He loved unconditionally with such a loving spirit.
A special thank you to the people at Elara Caring Hospice (especially Tina Fitzwater) for their loving care and support during his final days. Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude towards Schaffer Funeral Home for being very accommodating and understanding during this difficult time.
Visitation will be from 11 am until 1:00 PM at Schaffer Funeral Home at 529 Jefferson Avenue Defiance, Ohio and Funeral services will immediately follow on Saturday, March 21, 2020, with Pastor Paul Anderson officiating. Daniel will be laid to rest at Riverview Memory Gardens at 29231 Co Rd 424 in Defiance, Ohio, where an Honor Guard service will be conducted by the Defiance V.F.W.#3360. In lieu of flowers....Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Research Institute | National Headquarters
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