Ellis D. "Big Jim" Anderson
May 11, 1933 ~ October 25, 2012
Viewing: Tuesday from 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, UT
Graveside services: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Brigham City Cemetery, 300 East 300 South
Brigham City - Ellis Dee Anderson, also known as Big Jim, 79, passed away on Thursday, October 25,2012 in Brigham City, Utah. He was born on May 11, 1933 in Bear River City, Utah a son of Lavaldon Cornelius "Val" and Mary Amelia Ellis Anderson. He graduated from Bear River High School in 1951 and enlisted in the Air Force. He was stationed in Korea. He was a radio operator, helicopter mechanic, helicopter pilot and medic. He served for 5 years and received a purple heart. Ellis married Carol Ann Richardson on May 9, 1959 in Roy, Utah. She preceded him in death on August 18, 1985. Big Jim served as a police officer in Brigham City in the early 1960's and later at the Intermountain Indian School where he was Head of Security there until 1984. Following his retirement from the school he drove school bus for the Box Elder School District. Big Jim enjoyed leather work, hunting, horses and storytelling. He had a special love for his dog, Lady. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Emma Lou (Duane) Poulsen and Valene (Raymond) Toombs. Surviving is one brother Robert (Rose) Anderson, Bear River City; five children, Deborah (Robert) Kendell, Taylorsville; Randall (Sheri) Anderson, Whitney, Idaho; Valerie (Brian) Jibson, Perry; and two children from a previous marriage, Val (Anna) Anderson and Marilyn Lundquist, both of Idaho; 18 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday October 30, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Brigham City Cemetery, 300 East 300 South, where military honors will be accorded by the Combined Veterans of Box Elder County. Family will greet friends on Tuesday from 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah.
Dear Deborah, Rob and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are in your behalf to have the peace and solice the Gospel brings.
Doug and Shirly
Know that our thoughts are with you.
The Leavitt Family
Valerie and Family. So sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts are with you.
My Prayers are with you.
Val, your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I know your dad is again with your mom!!! Much love to you all.
Anna and Val know that our thoughts are with you even though we are not there to give you a hug. He is in good hands, better than ours. Our love to you!
Teresa and Bruce Chisholm
My Condolences to the family. Big Jim touched many lives at Intermountain. It was truly an honor to have met this Gentle Giant! Forever in my Heart! (a 1983 graduate).
I am sorry to hear about Mr. Anderson's passing, I was an Intermountain School student. Mr. Anderson and another gentleman provided some life experience and guidance when I attended IMS. I am now thankful for their intervention. Prayers and best wishes for the Anderson Family.
I am so sorry to hear that Big Jim died! He has been my tax client for years! I always enjoyed when he came. I always hear a story! This last year he couldn't drive to my house, so I went to pick up his taxes and drop them back off. I really enjoyed that! He showed me all the pictures of his grand kids and kids. He loved all of you! Was very proud of all that you do! It was a little freaky that he could watch me with his camera though! (ha ha). You should be proud of the good life he lived! I was blessed to be able to call him a friend! ps- I can do his final tax return for him. And if you want- I am a realtor- I can help you when you need to sell his home. My heart felt sorrow goes out to your family! I will miss him too- but know you have lost a treasure!