Roy Thure Anderson

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Roy Thure Anderson, age 89, of Marquette, entered eternal life Monday morning, April 29, 2013, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans.

Born August 23, 1923 in Marquette, a son of Axel and Elfrida (Hansson) Anderson, Roy was raised in Marquette and graduated from the Graveraet High School, Class of 1941. Sailing and a career on the seas must have been in Roy’s nature, for over the years, he sailed on many iron ore carriers for United States Steel. During World War II he served in the US Merchant Marine and US Navy, sailing aboard a LSM 340 in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations. During the Korean Conflict, he sailed aboard the LST 1084 in Japan and Korea. As an able bodied seaman, he sailed aboard a Liberty Ship to Naples and Anzio, Italy. Roy was honorably discharged from the US Navy with the rank of Quartermaster Second Class. He remained on the seas during his civilian career, sailing aboard iron ore carriers as a First Mate with US Steel. One very special ship to Roy was the Arthur M. Anderson; the ship that was behind and searched for the Edmund Fitzgerald. After his retirement, he was called on for many presentations and interviews, locally and regionally.

He retired in 1985 with a certification of Master of Great Lakes Vessels of Any Gross Tonnage. Roy was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and the Marquette Male Chorus. In his leisure, he enjoyed camping and traveling with his motor home. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sporting events and playing endless board games with them. He was adored by his grandchildren.

Roy is survived by his wife, Janice (Jacobson) Boerner Anderson, whom he married December 28, 1973; two sons, Douglas B. (Diana) Anderson and William Lloyd (Lori Fassbender) Anderson; three grandsons, four granddaughters; a brother, Harry Anderson; several special nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by sisters, Ruth (twin) and Marion; and brothers, Walter and Clifford.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Messiah Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 2, beginning at 12:00 noon. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 pm Thursday afternoon with Rev. David Van Kley, pastor, officiating. A reception will be held in Magnuson Hall. Inurnment will be made in the Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Messiah Lutheran Church, 305 W. Magnetic Street, Marquette, MI 49855.

The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at