James Conrad Anderson Jr., age 53, of McHenry, died Friday, March 5, 2010, at Centegra Hospital – McHenry.
He was born March 30, 1956 in Avon, IL to James C. Sr. and Eva M. (Gray) Anderson. On November 1, 1975, he married Debbie L. Farragh in McHenry.
A resident of McHenry for most of his lifetime, he also lived for a time in the upper peninsula of Michigan and more recently near LaSalle for 18 months.
An accomplished chef, he worked at various restaurants for several years. He later co-owned and operated Morrow’s Yogurt in McHenry for two years, and during that time became active with the Golden Diners program. He continued working with the Golden Diners program for 15 years, retiring as coordinator 6 years ago due to health issues.
He was a published poetry author, and also enjoyed music, especially playing the guitar. He wrote songs as well as a cookbook, and was an avid NASCAR fan. A devout Christian and family man, he maintained a positive attitude despite illness, and will be dearly missed by his loving family.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Debbie; a son, James C. “Guido” Anderson III of McHenry, his parents of Lakemoor; five siblings, Amanda (Michael) Barg of McHenry, Cynthia Anderson of McHenry, Michael (Trisha) Anderson of Lakemoor, Garrett (Kristine) Anderson of Wonder Lake, and Mary (Bruce) Ware of Ringwood; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pastor James and Marlene Farragh of Bessemer, MI, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at Justen Funeral Home and Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, at the funeral home, with Major Everett E. Jordan officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the time of service.
Interment will be private.
Memorials are suggested by his family to the American Diabetes Association or the Epilepsy Foundation.
For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400. Friends may send on-line condolences to the family at www.justenfh.com.