Marion Wesley Anderson

Marion Wesley Anderson, formerly of Leavenworth, KS, passed away at the age of 98 on June 8, 2018, following a brief illness. Marion was born on February 7, 1920 in LaJara, Colorado, to S.E. and Gertrude Anderson, and moved shortly thereafter to Rosalia, Kansas. Following graduation from high school, he studied Music in college, obtaining a bachelors degree from Southwestern University, and later a masters degree in Music Education from Wichita State. Marion served in the 20th Armored Division, US Army, during World War II, serving in the European Theater of Operations. Following his discharge from the Army, Marion began a teaching career in Kansas which would span 38 years. He began teaching band and vocal music in Norwich, Kansas, and taught in Ness City and St. John, before moving to Leavenworth in 1953 to accept a position as a citywide band teacher, which would last 29 years until his retirement in 1982. While in Leavenworth, he also taught band at Nettie Hartnett and East Junior High. While Marion will be remembered fondly by his many band students, he will also be remembered by his numerous private piano and organ students. He taught privately at home and at the Leavenworth Toon Shop for almost 30 years. His other musical contributions were as the choir director for the First Christian Church in Leavenworth, and as organist at the First Methodist Church in Leavenworth and the First Church of Christ Scientist, Leavenworth. Upon his retirement, Marion moved to Lake George, Colorado, where he enjoyed playing the organ for the Community Fellowship of Christians, until he retired again at the age of 89. One of the highlights of his long musical career was performing as the oldest pianist performing on a stage alongside 47 pianists on 12 grand pianos in “A Grand Time”, a piano extravaganza, at the age of 80. Marion is survived by his wife of 69 years, Dorothy, daughters Linda Hammontree (Doug) of Lenexa, KS, Carol Donoho (Dave) of Tampa, FL, grandchildren Amy Hammontree Sherman, Sarah Hammontree Audus, Megan Donoho, Alison Donoho Dohn, and Joe Donoho, as well as 8 great grandchildren. The family expresses extreme gratitude for the skillful and compassionate care provided by Melanie Klover and her staff at Clover Care Home in Shawnee, KS, during the final years of Marion’s life. 



The family suggests any memorial contributions be made to “The Community Fellowship of Christians” P.O. Box 542, Lake George, CO 80827. 


As per his wishes, a private family celebration of his life will be held. 

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16 Comments on “Marion Wesley Anderson”

  1. Barbara Ruge Says:

    Dorothy and family, Mr. Anderson was one of my all time favorite teachers. He inspired me more then you know. Starting out on the clarinet, moving to sax and taking piano from him at your house in Leavenworth. Thank you Mr. Anderson for seeing the talent in a shy kid who didn’t really fit in with anyone and band was my outlet. You will definately be missed.

  2. Judy Murray Says:

    Mrs. Anderson, I am so sorry to hear of your husbands passing.I was not one of his students but my brother and sister were.I was the one that made the arrangements for you to go to Hawaii. That was awhile back. I remember because it was my first booking to Hawaii. I hope this will make you think of the happy times which I am sure you had many. You and your family are in our prayers.
    God bless you. Judy Murray

  3. Tim Burks Says:

    Dear Anderson Family,
    Mr. Anderson was my band teacher in the 7th grade. He gave me an opportunity to try many different brass instruments, finally settling on the trumpet as the best for me. I’ll never forget the teaching and positive attitude he always had. I was fortunate to be in one of his last few teaching years. I’m so sorry for your loss. Everyone loved Mr. Anderson.
    Tim Burks

  4. Kelly Mulvaney Says:

    Mrs. Anderson and family. I am sorry to hear of Mr. Anderson’s passing. He was a wonderful man and I have many fond memories of sitting behind him in the choir while he was playing the organ at First United Methodist Church. He touched many lives and left his imprint. I hope your memories keep you comforted during this time.

  5. Jill Bowen Guenther Says:

    Mrs. Anderson and family. It was a honor to have known Mr. Anderson for the years that I did, not only at the Methodist Church but also throughout the music world in Leavenworth. My parents, Burt and Joyce Bowen always thought the world of Mr. Anderson and you as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  6. Roger Logan Says:

    Mr Anderson was a musical inspiration . During the years 1959 to 1965 he was big a part of the good music we all produced. He was a gentleman with tremendous patience. This was a testament to his good nature. As years passed, I continued with my music and passed some of Mr. A’s
    teaching to my daughter. Along with George Berentz, Marion Anderson fostered fond memories and a lifetime appreciation of music. There’s something special about music that transcends time and space as it travels from soul to soul. It’s not my quote, but Mr Anderson gave us the foundation for that special love of music.

  7. Vita Merritt Brown Says:

    Mrs. Anderson and Girls, Mr. Anderson was wonderful as a private band teacher and one Godly man. I came to your home for years learning to play saxophone. He worked tirelessly with me. I have through the years always been proud to have been one of his student. 98 years young he was, but we still lost a good man today. Peace be with him and his family!

  8. Marion (Shore) Snyder Says:

    Anderson Family. I read in the KC Star of Marion’s passing. I was one of his students in Norwich, Ks. It had to have been around 1944. I am having a difficult time putting the time frame together since the war was still on. I graduated in 1945 under the leadership of another music teacher, Mrs. Herschberger. My memories of Marion are very heartwarming. He was a great teacher and made an impact on his students. Peace to you at this time.

  9. Marion snyder Says:

    I was a student at Norwich High School when Mr. Anderson was the music teacher. My memories of him are very heartwarming. He was a kind and talented teacher. I am having a difficult time putting the time frame in perspective as it would have been about 1944 when the War would have still been raging. The obituary states that he served in Europe during WW II. I wanted to send my condolences and pray that peace will be with his family at this time.

  10. Jim L Says:

    Great guy who left me with many fond memories from my years at Nettie Hartnett and East Junior High 62-65 (just Junior High back then), if my math is right. Sorry to hear of his passing. One of the most easy going and patient people I have ever known. My condolences to his family. I know he will be missed.

  11. Says:

    Mrs. Anderson and family – I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot think of Leavenworth without thinking of Mr. Anderson and the amazing school music program. I had my first music lessons with him and Mr. Berentz. Mr. Anderson’s kindness and patience with me and the other students gave us confidence in ourselves and gently nudged us toward a lifetime of a love of music. His was a life well-lived.

    I know you already miss him. God bless you as you share the joys of life through your memories. Cindy Wentz Richter

  12. Judy Bowen Rounda Says:

    Mrs. Anderson and family, Our prayers are with all of you. Our families have always thought the world of you both. Mr. Anderson’s organ playing at the Methodist Church continues to influence me today, and I remember his kindness and encouragement as a teacher, both in band, and when he helped me with a piano solo. Peace be with you and God bless. Judy & Dan

  13. Whitney D. Moulden Says:

    He was my piano teacher at The Tune Shop in Leavenworth. I believe he played many services at my family funeral home over the years. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. My deepest regards to your family at this time of great loss. He plays with the angels now…

  14. David O'Brian Says:

    DearMrs.Anderson and family:

    It is with profound love and respect that I express my sorrow at the passing of Mr.Anderson. He was my first band teacher in the 7th grade at Nettie Hartnett. He also helped me in my first position as a drum major. I remember his kindness and encouraging way as a teacher. A wonderful influence on my life. Thank you. I wish to also send my love and appreciation to his wife, Mrs. Anderson. You were my math teacher in several classes and you did more to prepare me for college than any other teacher. You earned the love and respect of your hundreds of students every day. Thank you and God bless.

  15. Jenny Boyer Says:

    Back in the 60s, two young country girls, Sally and Jenny, were told they had to head to the big city of Leavenworth to attend 7th grade at Nettie Hartnett school. These two, while accustomed to living by their own rules were scared, anxious, excited and nervous. One kind soul took it upon himself to provide needed guidance during that influential year. Sweet
    Mr. Anderson stuck saxophones in front of these newcomers and off they went. Thank you, dear Marion, for playing a major role in what became my favorite year of schooling. Love to Dorothy, Linda and Carol.

  16. Sean Wooley Says:

    To the Anderson family-
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Anderson was my band teacher from the 3rd grade at Nettie Hartnett through 9th grade at East Junior High. He taught me how to play the trumpet and how to be part of band. I looked forward every single day to band class, it kept me going for the rest of the day! Just be assured he lived a full, rewarding life and is now in a much better place with the Lord. My thoughts and prayers to you during your time of loss.

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