Jan Bradley Anderson
November 10, 1953 :: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
September 16, 2018 :: Parker, Colorado
Jan Bradley Anderson died September 16, 2018, at his Parker, Colorado home, surrounded by family, at the age of 64. He was born November 10, 1953, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, to Dorothy (Burke) and (late) Clifford Anderson. He was the 5th of 12 children.
Jan graduated from Goodrich High School, Fond du Lac in 1971, and joined the Marine Corp at 17, needing his mother’s signature to join. Jan was part of the 3rd CounterIntelligence Group, stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He attained the rank of Sergeant, before being honorably discharged in 1974. He credits the Marine Corp for making him the disciplined, mature man he became.
Jan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a Bachelor of Science-Criminal Justice in 1980. He worked as a private investigator before he joined the U.S. Postal Service in 1981 as a letter carrier in Milwaukee. Jan was promoted to supervisor, and station manager, and he retired in 2009 as the Injury Compensation Manager, Colorado/Wyoming District. Jan was known as a capable, hard working manager who treated his employees fairly.
Jan moved to Colorado in 1994, to follow the love of his life, Laurie Fenske. They were married in 1995. They had two children, Emily and Derek, and they were the center of Jan’s world. He retired from the USPS so that he could be “daddy daycare”. Jan’s hobbies were hunting, fishing, hiking, gardening, playing cards, reading, traveling, and spending time with family. Jan was a naturally gifted handyman, and loved to help family, friends, and neighbors. Jan was a serious Packers fan, and one year, Jan and his family went and watched the game at different local establishments, in search of the perfect plate of nachos. Jan enjoyed working out, and had not given up on his goal of getting healthy enough to play racquetball again.
Jan will be remembered as “one of the good guys”. His easygoing nature, ready smile, and interest in others will be missed. Jan was a follower of Jesus, and his most treasured possession was his gold cross necklace.
Jan battled health issues since 2014, and did so without complaining. He never gave up wanting to live, so that he could spend more time with his family. More information can be found on his CaringBridge website.
Jan leaves behind his wife Laurie, daughter Emily (Mark Poage) Anderson, son Derek Anderson, his mother Dorothy Anderson (Fond du Lac, WI). He is survived by all 11 of his siblings: Terry (Richard Bulthaus); Penny Nelson; Jeff (Julia) Anderson; Melody (Dave Marzorati); Larry Anderson; Jim Anderson; Ken (Jen) Anderson; Lynn (Belinda) Anderson; David (Jodi) Anderson; Jarrett (Carol) Anderson and many nieces, nephews and friends. He is also survived by his in-laws, Barb and Ken Fenske, and sister-in-law Diane Knowlton (Roger Knowlton).