Michael “Mike” Oliver Anderson, 69, Kokomo, passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born June 17, 1947, in Pontiac, Michigan, to James Joseph and Kathleen (Walker) Anderson. On September 28, 1974, he married Gloria Garcia, in Brown City, Michigan, and she survives.
Mike graduated from Our Lady of Lakes High School, in Waterford, Michigan, in 1965, and from the University of Michigan in 1969, where he earned his MBA in 1974. In 2003, earned his teaching certificate from Indiana University in Kokomo with a secondary education in social studies. He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971, serving in Germany and earning the National Service Defense Medal and the expert badge for the M-16. He worked as finance director for Delphi in Kokomo, special assistant product controller for Harrison Radiator in Buffalo, New York, assistant controller for Delco Electronics in Dayton, Ohio, executive assistant to General Motor Group executives and director of General Motors Worldwide budgets for the General Motors central office in Detroit, Michigan, and as supervisor of product cost analyst for Pontiac Motors in Pontiac, Michigan. He retired after 33 years on January 1, 2000. He currently served as the school business manager for Sts. Joan of Arc & Patrick School, where he began in 2007. He was a member of Saint Patrick Catholic Church where he was actively engaged, and he enjoyed volunteering at Sycamore Village Nursing Home.
In addition to his wife, Gloria Anderson, he is survived by his children, Stephanie (Matthew) Geyer, Newton, Iowa, James (Akiko) Anderson, Okinawa, Japan, and Natalie (Thomas) Stafford, Indianapolis; grandchildren, Rachel, Andrew and Alex Geyer, Newton, Iowa, and Brady, Kenjiro, and Emma Kathleen Anderson, Okinawa, Japan; brother, Matthew (Billie) Anderson; sisters, Patricia Shane and Mary Plotz; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Frances Anderson; and nephew, Matthew Anderson.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1229 N. Washington St., Kokomo, with Very Rev. Fr. Ted Dudzinski the celebrant. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Rd., Kokomo, where the rosary will be offered at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sts. Joan of Arc & Patrick School. Messages of condolence may be expressed online at www.shirleyandstout.com.