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Allen Paul Anderson
March 20, 1952 ~ September 24, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Allen Paul Anderson, 71, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2023, at his home in Carterville, Illinois.
Allen was born on March 20, 1952, in Anna, Illinois, to parents Paul Daniel and Frances “Pat” Elizabeth (High) Anderson. He attended Carterville High School, graduating in 1970. After high school, Allen began his lifelong career as a machinist and tool and dye worker, at Illinois Tool Works, formerly Diagraph where he worked for 43 years until retirement in 2014. Allen was a hardworking man, who took great pride in everything he did, whether it be leading Boy Scouts, raising farm animals, or hobbies like building intricate bird houses.
When he wasn’t watching football or westerns, Allen enjoyed spending time in nature. He spent time hiking trails, canoeing, fishing, and taking in all the beauty of Southern Illinois throughout the years. A lifelong resident of Carterville, Allen’s home that he lovingly called the Anderson Ranch, was his true sanctuary. He was never truly more at peace than when he was bird watching on his back porch with his wife, best friend and love of his life, Trudy, of 22 years.
He was greatly loved and will be deeply missed by his loved ones. May he rest easy and be at peace in the next life.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Frances “Pat” Anderson and his beloved dog, T-Bone.
He is survived by his loving wife, Trudy Denise (Monasmith) Anderson; children, Lori (Jimmy) Randolph of Jonesboro, Illinois, Nick (Sarah) Anderson of Chicago, Illinois, Whitney (Jeremy) Bennett of Anderson, Indiana, and Kellie (Scott) Herndon of Arkansas City, Kansas; grandchildren, Brayden, Olivia, Carter, Stephen, Bri (Austin), and Alexis; along with numerous relatives, friends, and his dog, Cody.
Allen did not wish to have a formal memorial service. His life and legacy will be privately celebrated by his wife, children and grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Free Again Wildlife Animal Rehabilitation in Carterville.
Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is assisting the family with arrangements.