James Anderson | Obituary | Record Eagle

March 5th 1974 – –

James (Jay) Jason Anderson died quietly at the age of 47 with his mother and sister by his side.
Jay was born on March 5, 1974 at Munson Medical Center. He grew up on Potter Road and attended Cherry Knoll Elementary School. He spent part of his time at Traverse City High School, as it was then called. He was a member of the Grand Traverse Band of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. He was also half a Navajo native of Arizona on his mother’s side.
Jay became quite an artist, painting and drawing his homeland background. He also painted a large mural for his mother in their dining room, which was a carpet from the southwest. He also enjoyed playing the guitar, which was self-taught. He liked to jam with the music videos on TV. Jay owned a Harley Davidson in 1974 which was his pride and joy.
Jay was a painter by profession, but has held many jobs over the years. He was a Carnie, traveled with the Carnival and worked the rides. He particularly enjoyed working at Taylor Guitars in California. His travel companion was his dog named Meathead, a rottweiler. They took care of each other.
When the family was over he was quite a joker. He loved sharing old Indian tricks and making people laugh. Being in a room full of families, playing cards and laughing made him so happy. Euchre was his favorite game. Bonfires and drinks were some of his favorite pastimes.
Jay was preceded in death by his father, James C Anderson; his sister Tina Anderson-Vaclavik; Grandparents; and seven uncles and four aunts.
He will be missed very much by his family and friends. He is survived by his mother Iva Anderson; Sister Spring Anderson; four uncles; four aunts; lots of cousins, nieces and nephews.
A gathering to celebrate Jay’s life will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2021, from 12.30pm to 1.15pm at the Life Story Funeral Home. This is followed by lunch at Grace McDonald Park, 131 E. Arbutus Lake Rd. Masks are required at all times with social distancing in the funeral home. Please pay your respects, say hello to the family, and allow others to come into the building.
Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to share your thoughts with family.

Published on May 12, 2021

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