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Roger D. Anderson

Roger passed away Sunday, March 6, 2022 at his home in Otsego.

He was born February 8, 1943 in Negaunee, the son of Matt and Bertha (Lahde) Anderson. He graduated from Negaunee High School in 1961. Roger married Judy Salo on December 15, 1962. They lived in California, the UP and in Otsego for 39 years. For many years Roger worked at Western Michigan University until his retirement in 2005. He loved horses, horse racing, golf and moving.

Roger leaves behind his wife, Judy; granddaughter, Rachelle Cooley; grandson, Matt Cooley; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, LeRoy (Rosie) Anderson; brother-in-law, Bill Maki; many cousins and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; loving daughter, Cindy Cooley; gifted son, Jeff Anderson and sister-in-law, Rita who he took in at the age of 12 when her parents died.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

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Amanda Anderson

March 7, 2022 at 3:03 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort and be with you all at this time.Love, Amanda and Elizabeth Anderson.


Pam Morse

March 7, 2022 at 8:33 pm

Judy, Terry and I are so saddened to hear of Rogers passing. We pray for peace and comfort for you. You have had so much loss in such a short time. Give us a call if your in the area.


Terry & Pam Morse


Wendy Lovett

March 7, 2022 at 9:39 pm

Judy, Rachelle, Matt and family. We were so sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. It’s been a rough year for you all. Sending prayers for strength and healing as you grieve. Love and hugs to you all.

Wendy and John Lovett


Mary Jane Wilson

March 8, 2022 at 5:51 am

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of loss.


Priscilla Hammond

March 8, 2022 at 8:51 am

Dear Judy and Family, so sorry for your loss. Although it’s been a long time, our deepest condolences to your family at this difficult time. God bless.


Becky Lowes

March 8, 2022 at 10:42 am

Judy, oh my goodness. I’m so sorry for your loss. What you’ve had to go through in the past few weeks. I’m very glad you’re living downstate where you have family nearby. You’re in my prayers. Wishing you peace & comfort. Love, Don & Becky Lowes


Thom Richer

March 8, 2022 at 4:43 pm

Condolences to all of Rogers family and friends. We had great visits while sitting with Bertha and cousin Judy, my wife, at the nursing home in Ishpeming. It was always nice to see him. I know he was a special cousin to Judy. He will be remembered by all In the families. Thanks for the visits, Roger.

God bless.



Thom Richer

March 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Roger and i sat with Bertha and my wife, Judy, (Lahde Richer) when he came to visit his mom at Valente’s Nursing home. Judy was always fond of Roger through the years and was a favorite relative. I hadn’t seen Roger for some time other than running into him at Menard’s when he was at Bertha’s place. So, it was nice to spend time at Valente’s with he and Bertha. Not the best of times but good times. Time that will not be forgotten.

My deepest condolences to all in his family and friends as well. I feel fortunate to have been part of his family as an in-law relative.



Diane Griswold

March 10, 2022 at 12:30 pm

Judy so sorry for your loss. It’s been a long time and I don’t know if you remember me but I’m Diane Griswold maiden name Balzarini.


Ruth E Young

March 12, 2022 at 3:31 pm

Judy, Im at a loss for words. Our hearts are completely sadden by this news. May Our GOD comfort you in these times. We love you Ruth and Ron Young



March 16, 2022 at 4:36 pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to Roger’s family. When I think of Roger, I think of fun and wonderful memories that I have of he and Judy. We haven’t seen each other in years, but I think the world of he and his family!


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