BROR E. ‘SWEDE’ ANDERSON, 88 CHERRY VALLEY – Bror E. “Swede” Anderson, 88, of Cherry Valley died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, after a brief illness. Born Nov. 25, 1923, in Skone, Sweden, to Nels and Amanda (Nielson) Anderson. Lived most of his life in Rockford. Married Harriet J. Ghent on June 20, 1947, in Rockford. Swede retired in 1972 as a lieutenant in the Rockford Fire Department after 28 years of service. He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy. Swede was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Masonic Lodge No. 102, Valley of Freeport Scottish Rite Bodies and Tebala Shrine Center and was one of the ambassadors and Tebala’s cooking group (S.H.B.G. & Company). He enjoyed cooking, supporting the Chicago Cubs, riverboat gambling, being with his family and having Swedish pancakes at the “Morning Glory” café. Survivors include daughter, Vickie L. DePorter; son, Craig A. (Julie) Anderson; grandchildren, Angela (Daniel) McNames, Brandi (Daniel) Anderson, Ashley (Jerrod) Anderson, Macy Adami, Grace Anderson and William “Bud” Anderson; great-grandchildren, Brynlee, Trenton, Michael, Trinity and Destiny; Goddaughter, Joanie (Tom) Stern; sister-in-law, Elizabeth “Betty” Mathews; several nieces, nephews and many friends. Predeceased by parents; wife, Harriet on Oct. 15, 2006; and brother, Arthur. A special thanks is extended to SwedishAmerican Heart Hospital’s fourth floor nursing staff and his retired fireman friends. Service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Anderson-Long-Klontz Funeral Home and Cremation Services Ltd., 6825 Weaver Road, with the Rev. William Dahlberg, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church, officiating. Visitation from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the funeral home, with Masonic services conducted at 6:30 p.m. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Shriners Hospitals for Children and Salem Lutheran Church in Swede’s memory. – See more at:

Bror “Swede” Anderson, Lieutenant
Rockford Fire Department
Retired Passing Member: 08/13/2012
Years In Service: 28