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Bruce William Anderson

April 25, 1952 ~ October 7, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old

Bruce Anderson Obituary

Bruce William Anderson, 71, of rural Benton passed away on, October 7, 2023, at the Highlands Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Laporte, PA. 

He was born on April. 25, 1952, in Bergen County, NJ, a son of the late Erwin W. Anderson and Lillian Gunn Anderson, Island Heights, NJ. Bruce was preceded in death by his brother George B. Anderson, "Skip" as well as his parents and two sisters in law, Barbara Anderson and Arlene Anderson Barrett.
Bruce is survived by two remaining siblings, Erwin W. Anderson, Jr., Burtonsville, MD and Harold J. Anderson (wife, Karen) Toms River, NJ, his wife, Melanie Hood Anderson, their four sons, William, Thomas, Michael (wife Holly) and John (wife, Susan), and seven grandchildren .

His family moved from Palisades Park, NJ when he was 7 to a house his father built in Island Heights, NJ. 

Bruce and wife Melanie met lifeguarding on the Toms River in 1972 . He lived in that quaint little town until his marriage in 1974 to Melanie. They settled in nearby Tom's River.

In 2002 they finally moved to Benton to live on their dream farm. Bruce was a man who did many different things in his life. He went to college and got a degree in science and technology. He was a police officer then worked security at a nuclear power plant. He next trained to become a nuclear control room operator. He was very good at his job and helped keep people safe. After he retired, he became a farmer and raised cows. He loved being outside and working on his farm.

Bruce cared a lot about helping people. His son was sick with a rare disease, so he headed a group in NJ to help other families with sick children. He worked very hard to make sure they got the help they needed. 

He also helped people who owned land make good deals with gas companies. He wanted to make sure they were treated fairly and that the environment was protected.

Bruce was a very kind and helpful person. He always wanted to make the world a better place. Even though he is not with us anymore, we can remember him for all the good things he did.

There will be a Visitation on Sunday, October 22nd, 2023 from 1 to 3 PM at the McMichael Funeral Home, Inc., 4394 Red Rock Road, Benton (State Route 487).

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Benton Food Bank.       

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October 22, 2023

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
McMichael Funeral Home, Inc.
4394 Red Rock Rd
Benton, PA 17814


Benton Food Bank, c/o N4C's
P. O. Box 305, Benton PA 17814


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