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Arthur Keith Anderson

July 22, 1922 December 24, 2010
Arthur Keith Anderson
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Obituary for Arthur Keith Anderson

Arthur Keith Anderson, a life long resident of the Milford, White Lake, and Waterford area, died on Friday morning at Odyssey Hospice in Southfield. He was 88 years old. Born in Trenton, Nova Scotia on July 22, 1922, he was the son of Chester Ames and Willena (Aikens) Anderson. When he was two years old, the family moved to Michigan to get work, settling in Milford where Chester opened a service station, built in 1926, at the southwest corner of Main St. and Liberty. Keith (as he was always known around Milford) went through schools in Milford, delivered the Pontiac Daily Press to homes and businesses in the village, joined the US Army in November of 1942, qualified as an expert rifleman and saw combat at the Battles of New Guinea and Luzon in World War II, while all the time writing home to his sweetheart Della Redman. Honorably discharged and decked with bronze battle stars, victory medals and service ribbons, �Andy,� as he was known to his Army buddies, came home in December of 1945 and on the 31st of January, 1946 he and Della drove off to Angola, Indiana where they were married. They returned to Milford and settled in, Keith working at the Ford Plant on the mill pond just long enough to know that he wasn�t cut out to work in a factory. He had his own milk route for a while but eventually took over his father�s Mobile Service Station at 239 N. Main St. in the 1950�s and was a fixture on Main Street until retiring in April of 1987. After his wife Della, with whom he had raised two daughters and a son, died in 1994, Keith met and married Helen (Lumby) Pearson and married into a large family including 23 grandchildren and eventually 15 great grandchildren, and numerous pets, each of whom Keith really loved and enjoyed. Keith had a special buddy in his son-in-law Dave. They made many happy memories together on numerous hunting and fishing trips. The most special trip was a visit back to Keith's birth place in Nova Scotia where Dave, Diana , Helen and Keith were reunited with all the Anderson and Aikens families." He loved going with his daughter to the dollar store to �shop for goodies for the kids� and because he was always a people person, took great pleasure in having so many more people who called him grandpa. And though the last fifteen years have been marked by a multitude of health problems, he always exhibited a great will to get better because he loved his family and his extended family. On the other hand he disliked books because they took people away from conversations. He had an amazing sense of humor and made friends on the spot. He was never in one hospital or rehab center but what the staff failed to convey how much they had come to love him. Keith was literally blessed with nine lives after surviving a world war, two car accidents, diabetes, failing vision, hearing loss and heart failure. He lived to a good old age, surrounded by people whom he loved and who loved him in return.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Helen, his daughters, Belinda (Dennis) Castagna of White Lake, Diana (David) Dugall of Highland, his son, Keith �Sonny� Anderson of White Lake, dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a brother, Carr (Adeline) Anderson of Middleville, MI.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2PM at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Milford. The Rev. John Harris and Pastor Rick Sowles will officiate. Burial will follow graveside military honors at Highland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 3-9PM. For further information call 248-684-6645.

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