Toledo philanthropist and business leader, Dick Anderson, passes at 90

Richard Anderson, known to almost everyone simply as Dick, passed away at his home at the Anderson family compound Sunday afternoon surrounded by family. Mr. Anderson retired in 2009 after leading the family named agri-business for many years while it was a family partnership. Anderson was born April 10, 1929 to Margaret and Harold Anderson and worked closely with his father in establishing what became known as The Anderson in 1947. Young Dick was in fact a crew chief when the company's first grain elevators were being built in Maumee. After serving in the Armed Forces Dick had a part in the establishment of The Andersons Warehouse Market which later became The Andersons General Stores.

As much for his business acumen Mr. Anderson was known throughout the Toledo area for his philanthropy. Anderson sat on the boards of numerous organizations including Lucas County Children Services, Toledo Museum Of Art, YMCA, and many others. He was inducted into Toledo City League Hall of Fame, Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, and was a 2016 Jefferson Award winner.

Mr. Anderson was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and received a bachelor's degree from what is now the Michigan State University in 1953.

Dick Anderson is survived by his wife of 66 years, Frances and sones Christopher, Daniel, James, Timothy, and daughters Martha and Jennifer as well as sister Carol Kraus, 24 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Maison-Dardenne-Walker.


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