Deacon Ira Matthew Anderson, II was born on January 11, 1942, in Wilmington, Delaware to the late Evelyn and Ira M. Anderson, Sr.. He departed this life at home on Saturday, August 3, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.
Dutchie, as he was affectionately called by family and friends, received his early education at Absolom Jones Elementary School and received his high school diploma from Brown Vocational High School. He attended classes at Goldey Beacom College. In 1961 he enlisted in the United Sates Air Force where he became a communications operator and earned the title of marksman due to his expert shooting. He was honorably discharged in March of 1965.
As a young man he worked at General Motors Corporation. He later became employed as a Longshoreman for 10+ years until he was injured and unable to continue his normal job.
In 1982 he met his soulmate, Charmayne Grinnell, and they were married in 1994. He was a member of New Galilee Baptist Church and was ordained a Deacon in 1998. He became Chairman of the Deacon Board in 2008 and served until his health began to fail in 2014. He loved serving the Lord and helping others.
Dutchie loved to be with his family. He enjoyed fishing. He was a sharp dresser from head to toe, and he loved shoe shopping which was his passion.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Peyton G. Johnson and his siblings, Iris Boney’, Carol Griffin, Ronald Anderson and Gregory Anderson.
Dutchie leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife, Deaconess Charmayne Anderson; his children, LaShawn Grinnell, Sr. (Taywanna), twins Kira Anderson (Yvonda) and Ira Anderson, III, Sheree Booker, Taron Booker, Sr. (ShaKaira) and Irron O. Anderson; 18 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; siblings, Jacqueline Anderson, Linda Clark, Sharon Jones (Maurice) and Mark Anderson; devoted friends, Ruby Govens, Blanch Moaney, Thomas Hayman, Claudine Richardson, Nyree Cephas, Maurice Jones and David Bond, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be 11:00 am on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Simpson United Methodist Church, 907 Centerville Road, Wilmington, DE 19804, where there will be a viewing from 9:00-11:00 am only.
His burial will be private.
*In lieu of flowers please make donations to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Road, Newark DE 19711, (302) 478-5707.
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