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August 22, 2013

Harold H. Anderson, 72


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.

Harold played the organ and piano for the Kalamazoo Covenant Church, also directing two choirs there, for over a decade before retiring from teaching. In later years, he was the music director for Christ Community Church in Allegan, Mich. Over the years, he also accompanied vocalists and instrumental soloists, shared his music with the elderly at nursing homes, produced musicals for the Comstock Community Theatre, and led various other choirs and groups of bands and orchestras, including a fondly remembered brass trio, of daughter, Gretchen, playing the trombone, Christa the French Horn, and Duane the trumpet.

Besides his life as a teacher and musician, Harold was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed swimming, camping, bicycling, Scrabble, card games, movies, and relaxing with a good cup of coffee. He loved teaching, believing that anyone can sing, and felt blessed to have so many wonderful students. He was also grateful to have good and loyal friends and neighbors, including those at Oak Crest, during the last two and a half years of his life.

ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 22, at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Comstock Chapel, 6121 King Highway. Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday morning, August 23, at Christ Community Church, 3370 113th Ave., Allegan, Mich., with Pastor Patrick White, officiating. A luncheon and time for fellowship will follow the service. Private interment will take place later that day in Maple Grove Cemetery, Comstock, Mich.

The family suggests memorial gifts be made to: Christ Community Church (with memo) to The Vine food pantry or to Closed Caption, a program they support for the hearing impaired.

Please visit Harold’s personalized webpage at www.langelands.com. 269-343-1508.