Wesley M. Anderson of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on May 13th at the age of 70. Wes was the devoted husband to Shiela Anderson for fifty years. He was the loving father to two children, Melanie and David, and the proud grandfather of six grandchildren, Catherine, Emily, Lauren, C.J., Isabella, and Nick. He is survived by two brothers, John Anderson and George “Marty” Anderson and preceded in death by his sister Barbara.
Wes served proudly in the Army for five years from 1967 to 1972, including two tours served in Vietnam in the First Cavalry Division where he was wounded in combat. Later in life he became a proud member of the Indy Metropolitan Military Honor Guard (IMMHG) in addition to being a member of the VFW 261, the VVA, and the Purple Heart Association. As a member of the IMMHG, Wes found a new brotherhood and a new purpose, honoring his fellow servicemen and women for their sacrifice. His family thanks his comrades in arms for their friendship and support.
Wes—“Boo” to his grandchildren—was a devoted family man and doting grandpa who gave freely of all he had, becoming a father figure to many. A man with a huge heart and a great sense of humor, he will be remembered for the love and laughter he brought into people’s lives. He found joy on the golf course, in the bowling alley, and at the card table, but mostly he found it spending time with the people he loved.
Wes was a hero in every facet of his life, overcoming adversity with courage, honor, and dignity. He passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer. His family is thankful that he has found a well-deserved peace and is now with God.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 16th, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Indiana Funeral Care at 8151 Allisonville Road in Indianapolis. A brief memorial service will follow. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Wes’s honor to the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) at hvafofindiana.org.