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Jeffrey Paul Anderson



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Thornapple Covenant Church

6595 Cascade Rd SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Jeffrey Paul Anderson, age 71, of Grand Rapids Twp., passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 7, 2019. Jeff is survived by his children, Deanna (Robert) Seng, Dawn (Wesley) Champlin and Eric (Leslie) Anderson; brother, James (Mary) Anderson; grandchildren, Abigail Seng, Andrew Seng, Lenora Champlin and Sarlinna Champlin; great-grandchild, Bradley Davidson; niece, Melissa and nephew, Kevin.  Jeff enlisted in the U.S. Navy to learn aviation electronics (avionics) technology. He served from 1967-1973 and became a weapon systems specialist/radar specialist on the A-6A Intruder with one deployment to the Mediterranean. After the Navy, Jeff graduated from Ferris University in 1973 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science – Industrial Electronics. In 1991 he graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He gave 48 years of service to Smith Aerospace Industries. In retirement Jeff enjoyed time with family, especially his grandchildren. He also volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and his church. Jeff had a love for collecting and building HO scale trains which came from his grandfather.  He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and golf. Visitation will be Sunday, January 13 from 4-6 PM at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids.  A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 14 at 4 PM with visitation one hour prior to service at Thornapple Covenant Church, 6595 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids. Pastor Rob Peterson officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Thornapple Covenant Church.

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7 Responses

  1. Not many fathers took as much pride in his children, grandchildren and great grandson as did Jeff. I was blessed to have such a wonderful brother-in-law.

  2. Jeff was a great person to work with and a wonderful mentor.

    Jeff was always willing to take the time to answer a question, or help understand a circuit or test issue.

    Jeff’s kindness, humor and spirit will be missed.

  3. I worked with Jeff for several years at Smiths Aerospace/GE Aviation. He was my Tech Lead for a while. He was great to work with and I learned a lot from him. I will miss him.

  4. To paraphrase Charlie (because he basically said everything I wanted to), Mr. Anderson was indeed a great person to work with and an awesome mentor. He was always willing to take the time to answer a question, or help understand a circuit or test issue. His kindness, humor, dedication to doing things the right way, and his spirit will be missed. Thank you Jeff, and God Bless!

  5. May Jeff’s spirit lives on in the lives he has touched. Peace be with you my friend.

    Condolences to his family and many friends.

  6. So sorry to hear about Jeff’s passing. Jeff will definitely live on in those lives he has touched.

    My condolences to his family and friends.

  7. My shipmates Jeff will live on in spirit. Jeff was assigned my mentor when I first arrived at Smiths Aerospace in 2003. I am grateful for his teachings, expertise, guidance and his helpful hand. He was a generous man. I feel blessed having known Jeff Anderson.

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