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Clifford James Anderson, 86

Clifford James Anderson, 86, of North Kansas City, Mo., died Sunday Oct. 20, at Jefferson Healthcare, Lee's Summit, Mo.

He was born Sept. 15, 1927, to Henning and Leona (Siepelmeyer) Anderson in Red Wing, Minn. He joined the Merchant Marines at an early age and served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II aboard the U.S.S. Tarawa Aircraft Carrier. He graduated from Red Wing High School and attended Winona State Teachers College.

While visiting a friend in Liberty, Mo., he met and married Joan Burkard in 1951. They began their life in North Kansas, Mo., where he worked as a North Kansas City Fire Fighter. Cliff and Joan built their home in Liberty, Mo., when he founded his advertising agency, C.J. Anderson and Associates in NKC, where he retired in 1993. He was an avid fisherman, bow hunter, skier and golfer. His greatest joy came from spending time with his grandchildren. Cliff was also very proud of his service as Colonel to Governor Warren Hearnes, and is known to many as "Col".

Cliff and Joan have two children, Brian (Kerrie) of Liberty and Beth (Chuck Jackson) of Parkville, four grandchildren, Kyle Jackson, Samantha Anderson, Katie Jackson, and Kellie Jackson.

He is survived by two sisters, Alice Noce, Silver City, N.M. and Elaine Kayser, Thief River Falls, Minn. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and one sister.

Memorial service will be 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at North Heartland Community Church, 4800 NW 88 St., Kansas City, MO 64154.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to North Heartland Community Church or North Care Hospice, 2800 Clay Edwards Dr., 10th Floor, NKC, MO 64116.