Andersons named grand marshals for Brick City Days Parade

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Andersons named grand marshals 
for Brick City Days Parade

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer


            Jerry and Linda Anderson of Clermont have been named grand marshals for the 2013 Brick City Days Parade, which will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Clermont. Both Jerry and Linda were born in rural Clermont and agree that the honor of being grand marshal came as quite a surprise to them.

            “I never even dreamed that we might be selected as grand marshals, so it came as quite a surprise when we got the phone call from Deb Matt about a week ago,” related Linda.

            Linda is the daughter of the late Joe and Celia Wander, and was born and raised on a farm west of Clermont. She has worked for 30 years in the field of insurance, currently working part-time for Woodard Insurance in West Union. Linda has been very active in the Clermont community over the years. She is a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Clermont, is co-chair of West Clermont Lutheran’s Church Circle, was a Luther League sponsor, and serves as secretary of Clermont American Legion Auxiliary Post 375. She has also taught Sunday school and served as an EMT for the Clermont Ambulance Service.

            Jerry was born three miles west of Clermont. He is the son of the late Edwin “Ted” and Veryle Anderson. His family moved to Fredericksburg, then to later Cedar Rapids before he found his way back to Clermont and began working for his uncle. He also served in the Army and Army Reserves in the mid ‘60s. Anderson also ran his own business, Jerry’s Auto Repair, for 30 years. He has served in a variety of capacities in the Clermont community, such as West Clermont Lutheran Church Council, Luther League sponsor, Clermont City Council, EMT, volunteer fireman, and Red Cross volunteer. He was also instrumental in helping Clermont start its own ambulance service and served as its crew chief for 38 years.

            Jerry and Linda met through mutual acquaintances and community events in the Clermont area. They were married in 1964 and have two children, Tami (Robrock) of West Union and Shane Anderson of Clermont. They also have six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

            The Andersons enjoy living in the Clermont community and can often be found volunteering their time to help make the community better.

            “Last year we worked together on cleaning up Lincoln Park in Clermont because the group that was doing it was not able to anymore. We think things like that are worthwhile,” said Jerry with a smile.

            Though Jerry and Linda may have been surprised to be selected as grand marshals for the 2013 Brick City Days Parade, many in Clermont will recognize that they are very worthy of the honor and will represent Clermont well not just during the annual Brick Cityi Days celebration, but year-round as well. 

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