Donald L. "Andy" Anderson passed away on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center.
Joint services for Andy and his wife, Kate, who died earlier this year, will be at a later date.
Andy was born on March 29, 1925, to Lawrence and Thelma Anderson in Tama. He was educated in the Tama school system through the 12th grade, during which he acquired a love for music. He started playing trumpet at age 10, and taught himself to play various other musical instruments. He contended that he "would have become a music teacher if the war had not come along".
Donald L. 'Andy' Anderson
After high school, WWII called. Andy joined the US Naval Reserve, and went to boot camp and radio school at Great Lakes Naval Training Center north of Chicago. After a tour of duty aboard the USS Ballard, the war came to an end. He met Jean Louise Heath at a USO dance and asked her to be his wife. The couple was married on March 15, 1945. Andy worked at Continental Can Company in Chicago. Jeanie gave birth to their first son, Richard L. ("Rick") on February 6, 1946. Soon after, they moved to the Tama-Toledo area, and on May 15, 1947, their second son, Donald Gene, was born in Marshalltown.
Television was a new medium in 1948, and Andy set up a TV repair shop in Toledo. He repaired TVs and radios, and enjoyed playing his horn in his spare time. He was contacted by his friend Dick McComas in 1961 to put together a "house band" for the Granada Lounge at Dick's restaurant. That was the birth of "The Three Knights"- a combo made up of Marv Seda on Cordovox, son Rick on drums, and Andy on trumpet and sax. This was Andy's favorite of the many bands he played with. The band was later joined by drummer Dick Lenius after Rick joined the Navy. Mr. McComas was also very influential in Andy and Jeanie's decision to purchase the Town House-- a Marshalltown restaurant. Jeanie did the bookkeeping, payroll, hired and scheduled wait staff, cooks, and bartenders, and was the maitre'd and hostess. Andy kept very busy cutting meat, baking bread, tending bar, and once in awhile, cooking. He also spent four hours on the bandstand on Saturday nights. They converted the restaurant into the Round Table and Knights Lounge in 1966, and the Three Knights became the house band. Andy and Jeanie ran a very successful business until it was sold in 1970 to Cecil and Ruth Johnson.
After the sale, another friend beckoned them to Florida. The couple moved to Key Largo and built a house. Andy called out to his boys and a friend, and the four of them built homes in the Keys. Florida was not to his liking, however, and he returned to Iowa. Jeanie loved the Keys and did not come back. They divorced in 1971. Andy reopened his TV and radio business in Toledo later that year, and used his love of music to conduct summer band concerts on the Toledo Courthouse bandstand.
In 1972, Andy ran into a lovely former acquaintance, Katherine "Kate" Quick. The couple started dating, and were married on March 6, 1975. They resided in Toledo until after Andy's shop closed, then moved to an apartment in Tama. After he retired, Andy directed his attention to the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, of which he was a lifetime member, and later became District 3 Past Commander. Andy was also a Mason of El-Kahir temple in Cedar Rapids, where he was a 50-year member.
He served as a long-time member of the Toledo Volunteer Fire Department.
Andy suffered a stroke on Easter Sunday of 2010. This made it very difficult for him to communicate. When the burden of caring for the two of them became too great, Katherine decided to move them into Carrington Place in Toledo, where Andy lived until he was hospitalized with recurring pneumonia.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father, an older brother, Cleon, of Commerce, Georgia, and a younger sibling, Jimmy, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; his first wife, Jean, who passed away in 1999, and second wife, Katherine, who passed away earlier this year. Andy is survived by two sons: Rick of Marshalltown, and Donnie "Doc" of Key Largo, Florida, 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
A memorial fund has been established at Members lst Credit Union in Marshalltown.