Born: November 11, 1931 - Deceased: February 18, 2021
Kai W. Andersen, 89, of Belleville, IL, born Wednesday, November 11, 1931, in Racine, WI, passed away Thursday, February 18, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.
Kai was the owner and operator of Phillip 66 gas station in Belleville, IL for many years and the founder of Belleville Holzschnitzers Wood Carvers. He was a founding member of the former Hope Church and a member of the St. Clair Lodge #24 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Bodies, Ainad Shrine, Ainad Drum Corp., Moose Lodge # 1221. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
Kai was a loving father and grandfather. He loved to camp and fish with his family and spend time with his dogs. He loved to tell stories and play pranks on everyone. He never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his:
- Wife: Laverna, nee Louis, Andersen
- Parents: Aage and Ida, nee Stryger, Andersen
- Sister: Elise Wall
- Special lady: Pauline “Rocky” Range
Surviving are his:
- Son: Michael Andersen of Lebanon, IL
- Daughter: Jean (Tim) LeMunyon of Littleton, CO
- Daughter-in-law: Phyllis Andersen of Swansea, IL
- Amanda (Devyn) Trampe
- Victoria LeMunyon
- Christina LeMunyon
- Great grandchildren
- Jonathan Coffer
- Lillie Trampe
- Bud Jr. (Nancy) Louis
- Jason (Ellen) Louis
- Sister-in-law: Diane Brown
- Brian (Carolyn) Wall
- Ben (Robyn) Wall
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
Visitation: Visitation from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Monday, February 22, 2021 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL, with a walk-through of the Drum Corp at 7:00 pm followed by the Masonic Service at 7:30 pm.
COVID-19 restrictions will be followed, masks required, and social distancing. Please be respectful of time so others may pay their respects to the family.
Funeral: Funeral services at 11:00 am Tuesday, February, 23, 2021 at Kurrus Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Sheets officiating. Live streaming can be viewed at www.facebook.com/KurrusFH at time of service. Interment will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.