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James Eugene Andersen

May 23, 1952 ~ June 6, 2020 (age 68)


     James Eugene Andersen, 68, of rural Rich Hill, MO passed away on Friday, June 5, 2020 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, MO. He was born May 23, 1952 in Sheldon, MO to Eugene and Elsie (Winfield) Andersen.  On May 23, 2014 he was married to Roxana Whitehead and she survives of the home.

     James grew up in the rural Sheldon area and graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1970.  He later graduated from Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield with a degree in AG Business and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Fraternity.  James farmed for a number of years in the Sheldon area with his father.  He left farming in the 1980’s and went to Kansas City to worked in Highway Construction as a heavy equipment operator.  He has lived near Rich Hill for the past 16 years.  James was a member of the Machine Operators Union Local #101 in Kansas City. 

     Survivors include his wife Roxana of the home; five children, Ben Andersen and his wife Tonya of Belton, MO,  Claire Andersen of Blue Springs, MO, Josh Whitehead and wife Jennifer of Silver Lake, KS, Jordan Whitehead of Topeka, KS, and Jamison Whitehead of Topeka, KS; two grandchildren, Jessica and Sara; his mother, Elsie Andersen, Nevada, MO; ten sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, Gene Andersen.

     Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Newton Burial Park in Nevada with Father Peter Savidge officiating.

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Graveside Service
June 10, 2020

11:00 AM
Newton Burial Park
Nevada, MO 64772

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