Thomas Roy Anderson, Bunker Buster

February 11, 2020

Thomas Roy Anderson, 80, of Lewes passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at his home.  He was born March 7, 1939, in Oakmont, Pa., son of the late Roy G. and Elizabeth J. (Silcox) Anderson.

Mr. Anderson graduated from high school in Oakmont and attended Greenville College in Greenville, Ill.  He was a proud veteran, honorably serving in the U.S. Army from 1962-64 and continued his patriotism as a member of the American Legion.  Mr. Anderson started his career in banking and finance in Pittsburgh, Pa.  From there, he moved to Maryland and worked for an auction company, heavy-duty equipment sales company, and also managed the US Car Show in Baltimore, Md., for many years.

Upon retiring in 2007, Mr. Anderson was one of the first volunteers at the Fort Miles Historical Association and for 10 years was a part of the Bunker Busters restoring Battery 519.  He was awarded the Lee Jennings Award in 2018.

In his spare time he enjoyed golf, hunting and relaxing at the beach. Above all, Mr. Anderson cherished time spent with those he held most dear. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who will be deeply and genuinely missed by all who knew him.

Mr. Anderson is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Virginia (Kantsi) Anderson of Lewes;  his son, Ryan Anderson (Ashley) of Gambrills, Md.;  his daughter, Beth Skaradek (Joe) of Gambrills;  his grandsons:  Ethan and Logan Skaradek; his granddaughters:  Kailey, Kirra and Lila Anderson;  his brothers:  Robert Anderson of Lewes and Tim Anderson of Boynton Beach, Fla.; sisters-in-law: Evelyn Pappas of Monessen, Pa., and Mary Ann Martinak of Perryopolis, Pa.; his extended family;  his Bunker Busters;  and his loyal canine companions, Andy and Penny.

A celebration of Mr. Anderson's life will be held Saturday, March 7, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Fort Miles Museum in Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes.

Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.

Contributions may be made in Tom's memory to the Fort Miles Historical Association, 120 East Wild Rabbit Run, Lewes, DE 19958.

Please visit Mr. Anderson's Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guest book at

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