James Wilson "Scotty" Anderson died on April 12 at the Evanston Regional Hospital.
He was born Aug. 26, 1915, in Evanston and was an only child to his parents, Jean
Wilson (Anderson) and Peter B. Anderson, both of Scotland. His father was an engineer for the railroad and moved with his family to the United States and later settled in Evanston.
Jimmy was an only child and was befriended by a Mormon family, PG Matthews, who was a bishop. He had twin sons, who were Jimmy's cohorts in adventure. Bishop Matthews was the person to nick name him Scotty, as Jimmy was very proud of his Scottish heritage.
Jimmy was a first class boy scout and a member of the Union Presbyterian Church of
Jimmy graduated from Evanston High School in 1933 with what was considered one of Evanston's most outstanding classes with 57 senior graduates.
Jimmy was very physically active most of his life, excelling in sports. He loved playing basketball, tennis and playing shortstop for the Town of Evanston baseball team.
His activity gradually decreased with his years, but he was noted for walking all about town and that he had never had driven a car or had a driver’s license.
Jimmy was employed with Blyth & Fargo starting in 1931 as a janitor and assisting in the men's department. He eventually worked every aspect of the store from purchasing, window trimmings and managing the men's department. He retired in 1980 after 49 years of service and a four year break to serve his county as a Sergeant in the United States Army in World War II in the South Pacific Theatre in the 455th Pacific aboard an amphibious ship.
He was a founding charter member of the VFW in Evanston.
Jimmy's father died in 1937, and Jimmy elected to stay single and care for his
mother, she died in 1965. Jimmy then occupied his time with traveling to
Scotland and Europe, and in the spring going to Phoenix, Ariz., with his cousins, Gene and Beth Anderson to watch the Chicago Cubs as well as other baseball team tryouts and spring training warm ups.
Jimmy has devoted his life to the City of Evanston and watching it prosper, in hopes that when he died his legacy will far surpass his lifetime. Jimmy didn't have a
family of his own, but had made several friends over the years that were like family to him.
Funeral service will be on Thursday, April 18, at 2 p.m. in the Union Presbyterian Church.
Friends may call at the Crandall Funeral Home from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Interment with military honors will be in the Evanston City Cemetery.
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