John “Jack” Anderson

April 3, 1934 - December 14, 2019

Visitation: Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 21 at Canton United Methodist Church.
Service: Memorial services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 21 at Canton United Methodist Church. Family will greet visitors one hour prior to the service.

      John “Jack” Anderson, age 85, died Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society Canton.  Memorial services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 21 at Canton United Methodist Church.  Family will greet visitors one hour prior to the service.

      John was born on April 3, 1934 in Worthing, SD to Andrew and Nora (Ness) Anderson.  He grew up in Worthing and graduated from Worthing High School.  After graduation he served his country in the U.S. Army and later in the Navy Reserve.  Jack worked as a mechanic at Canton Block and Tile for 53 years.  After retiring, he enjoyed coffee on his porch, feeding squirrels, and playing with his dogs, Red, PJ and Artie.   He married Marge Chivington in July of 1959.  He married Victoria Anderson in July of 1994.

      Jack loved his family and coffee, especially with a cookie.  He enjoyed dancing, tinkering with cars, and lending a hand to people in need.  He had a big heart and loved to make people smile, especially children.  He was an active member of the Canton Optimist Club, playing Santa and the Easter Bunny, building pedal pull tractors, and helping with the annual carnival.  He will be remembered for being a good, hardworking man who was considered a hero to many in his family.

      Grateful for sharing Jack’s life are his wife of 25 years, Victoria, Canton, SD; daughters, Cindy (David) Ross, Canton, SD and Leah Hawe, Sioux Falls, SD; sons, Dan (Beth) Baker, Hudson, SD and Doug (Sheri) Baker, Sioux Falls, SD; Marge’s daughters, Donna (Simon) Ohori, Bellevue, NE and Mona Gardner, Lennox, SD; brother, Richard (Mary) Anderson; sister, Islo Leccesi; 15 grandchildren;  18 great-grandchildren and numerous friends and extended family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Deb Skinner; infant son, Scott Anderson; grandson, Andy Skinner; granddaughter, Jessica Anderson; brother, Bob Anderson; and sisters, Leora Hoare, Ruth Hoff, and Mary Olsen.


9 condolences have been left

  1. Always enjoyed talking with Jack, he always seemed to see the best in any circumstance.

  2. Jack was my friend and neighbor in Canton,S D. Jack loved to talk when he had something to say and a uncanny way of saying something funny,it would take a few moments to catch his joke sometimes cause you had to know him ,Jack was always there to lend a helping hand,and fiddling on something in his garage. May God reserve your spot in Heaven !

  3. Cindy and Vicky, We’re so very sorry for Uncle Jack’s passing, but he’s now pain free and celebrating with all his family and friends that went before him. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. So sorry to hear of your loss. He was a very special fellow with a huge heart that made everyone smile. He and Donald were very good friends for many many years. They met again and will catchup on the latest. God Bless you all. Thank you for sharing this wonderful person so that he could make everyone happy!!!!

  5. So sorry for loss. Keeping your entire family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ken and Margo Taff

  6. David and Jack were kinda kindred spirits. David always appreciated Jack’s advice at the tile plant. Your have my condolences.

  7. Vicky, You have my sympathies. We know that Jack is in a better pain free place. May God keep him safe in His Love. Karen L