NORMAL — John E. Anderson of Normal celebrated his 85th birthday Jan. 26.

He was born Jan. 26, 1933, in Saybrook, to Enos and Lettie Jane Anderson. His sister is Dorothy (Ronald) Stewart. Sisters Patsy Kroll and Donna Frye are deceased. He married Helen J. Charles on June 15, 1954. Helen passed away in 2003.

His children are John C. (Mary) Anderson, Charlotteville, Va., and Jane E. (Nigel Keen) Chamberlain, Downs. He has five grandchildren, Katy (Mark) Tilley, Michael J. (Sascha) Anderson, Rachel Hradecky, Jennifer (Michael) Smith and Lucas Chamberlain. He has three great-grandchildren, Harry Tilley and Winnie and Georgie Anderson.

He served in the U.S. Navy before working at State Farm. After retirement, he began volunteering at Advocate BroMenn and has now surpassed 11,000 volunteer hours. He enjoys local sports.

Cards may be sent to 308 E. Poplar, Normal, IL 61761.