Funeral services for Mr. Michael P. “Mike” Anderjack, Jr. , age 86, affectionately known as “Ace” by family and friends, will be conducted Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. at Coffee County Funeral Chapel.
Full military honors will follow services.
Visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 1:00 PM until time of services at 3:00 PM at the funeral home.
Mr. Anderjack passed away Thursday, July 5, 2012 at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born February 23, 1926 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He entered the United States Army in 1944 in the midst of World War II. He served with the 3rd Army 5th Infantry Division under General George Patton and was the recipient of numerous medals and awards, including the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, a Purple Heart, and the General George Patton Combat Infantry Badge.
During his time in the service, he met and married the love of his life, race car driver, Lucy Delle Peebles. After his discharge, they started their family and moved to Nashville with their successful photography business, “Del-Michael’s Studio”, which specialized in all types of photography including photos of country music greats such as Jeanie C. Riley, Dolly Parton, and Ronnie Milsap. Many of these photos were used as album covers.
Mr. Anderjack was extremely active in community civic organizations. He served as President of the Melrose Civitan Club, held the position of Governor for the State of TN Civitan Club, also serving as Youth Director for Civitan International. A lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, he was a Fourth Degree Knight, having served as Faithful Navigator. He retired as President of the MR Foundation. Upon moving to Manchester in 1999, he and his wife, Lucy were founding members of St. Mark Catholic Church and were instrumental in the construction process of the church.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lucy Delle Anderjack; a daughter, Lucille “Cookie” Yates; and a grandson, David Yates, Jr.
Survivors include two children, daughter, Christine M. Anderjack of Manchester; son, CDR Stephen M. Anderjack, USN (Retired) and wife, Barbara of Camden, SC and son-in-law, David R.Yates, Sr. and wife, Esther of Wartrace, TN; and grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
An avid hunter and fisherman, Mr. Anderjack was passionately patriotic, loved Notre Dame football, New York Yankees baseball, NASCAR, and celebrated life at every turn. The stories of his life will be greatly treasured by his many friends, family, and his beloved dog, General W. B. Godfrey.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the MR Foundation, c/o Mr. John Janicek, 115 Shivel Dr., Hendersonville, TN 37075.
Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the family of Michael P. Anderjack, Jr., fondly remembered as “Ace”.