Kalamazoo, MI — Harold Herve Anderson, age 72, was called home to be with the Lord on August 18, passing away peacefully at Oak Crest, a senior citizen community in Holland, Mich.
Harold, the oldest of five sons to Oscar Harold and Marie Doris (Bilodeau) Anderson, was born September 4, 1940, in Lawrence, Mass. He had a large and loving family with many aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as four brothers who survive him, Dennis, Ralph, Donald, and Robert Anderson; their wives, and children, Michelle, Paul, Kathleen; Adam; Cameron, Danielle; Stephanie and Ariel; and great-nieces and nephews of the Anderson family.
Although hard-of-hearing since childhood, Harold was a gifted musician, especially loving and mastering the piano. He received a scholarship and was the first of his generation to graduate from college, receiving a music degree and teaching certificate from Lowell State Teachers College. He graduated with a teaching certificate and degree in performance and music theory. After graduation, he accepted an offer to teach music in the small town of Oscoda, Mich., where he met his wife of 46 years, Iloma Mae (Hausmann) Anderson. "Harry" or "Mr. Anderson," as he became known to most in Michigan, had produced musicals in college and volunteered to do so in Oscoda. Iloma was an English teacher in the drama department, and so it was the two met; it was the beginning of a love and bond that was strong and true. They were married for 46 years before her passing in April of 2011.
The couple spent most of their life at their home in Kalamazoo (Comstock), Mich., with Harold teaching elementary music in the Comstock Public School System for 25 years. They had three children, Gretchen (and James) Cummings - Holland, Mich., Christa (and Tim) Mullaly - Memphis, Tenn.; and Duane (and Tammy-Barnett) Anderson - Choctaw, Okla. Harold and Iloma also had seven grandchildren, John, David, Rachel; Dylan, Levi, and twins, Logan and Riley.