Paul Dale Anderson

Born: Monday, September 11, 1944
Passed: Thursday, December 13, 2018

Obituary

Paul Dale Anderson, 74, of Rockford, passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2018. Born on September 11, 1944, in Rockford, the son of Paul S. and Winifred L. (Crosby) Anderson. He earned a BA in English from Loyola University, an MS Ed in Educational Psychology from Northern Illinois University and an MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin.
Paul married Gretta Louise McCombs on June 22, 1985 in Berwyn, IL. They moved to Rockford in 1988. Gretta worked at Camcar-Textron and Paul served as an adult reference librarian until he retired in 2011. After Gretta died in 2012 of a sudden heart attack, Paul returned to fiction writing.
Paul wrote dozens of novels and hundreds of short stories, was an active member of SFWA, HWA, and MWA, and was elected Vice President and Trustee of Horror Writers Association in 1987. He was a current member of International Thriller Writers, Author's Guild, and Sisters in Crime. Paul was also an NGH Certified Hypnotist, an NGH Certified Hypnotism Instructor, a certified Past-Life Regression Therapist, and a certified professional member of the International Association for Regression Research and Therapies.
He is survived by a daughter, Tammy J. Anderson of Medford, Oregon; brother-in-law, Peter Foisy; sister-in-law, Cheryl Foisy; nephew, Christopher Foisy; and intimate special friend, Elizabeth A. Flygare.
There will be no services, as Paul requested.

Condolences & Shared Memories (11)

  1. Yvonne Navarro

    I'm so sorry to hear that Paul left us. He was a very nice man and I knew him for years, since back in the 80s when I lived in Chicago and was just starting out as a writer. Rest in peace, Paul.

  2. Richard Hull

    Paul and I took lessons at Koster Guitar Studio many years ago. Played for several studio promotional outings with Paul on steel guitar and me on Spanish guitar. Spent hours at his parents/his house reading all of his comic book collection and traveling back into our youth. Last saw Paul at our East 1962 50th reunion where our conversation picked backup right where it stopped so long ago. Hope you brought your guitar with you to entertain with music and stories.

  3. Mike Waldyn

    Paul was a very kind and gentle man, but very intelligent, with many interests. On the one hand you could have a very deep conversation with Paul, and probably learn something that you were previously unaware of. But then you could also share in the watching of old "B" movies and enjoy a good laugh. I feel very lucky to have had Paul as a friend for 25 years, meeting him soon after I moved to Rockford. I am sorry for your loss Elizabeth, you were a very loving companion to Paul. And my sympathy goes out to Paul's family, I know how deeply you cared about Paul. Thank you Peter and Cheryl for all the time and effort that you put in to allow Paul to spend his remaining time as he wished. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

  4. Bill Gorman

    Paul was a great guy, and truly supportive of all his many writer friends....including me. Such a loss. He will be missed in this world. Until we meet again, my friend, beyond the veil...

  5. Roger Trexler

    Paul Dale will always be in my heart. He was a good man, a mentor, and a friend. I will miss him until we meet again.

  6. Heaether Johnson

    So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. You were a great man with so many interesting stories to tell. Much love to your family and friends at this time.

  7. Karen Kent

    I met Paul through Hypnosis. He has come to Wisconsin to do talks for our Nation Guild of Hypnotists Meetings. He was smart, articulate, and very kind and helpful. I had the pleasure of being able be in Sedona, AR with Him and our group of Hypnotists. He was a pleasure to be around. He will be missed so much and by so many. Condolences to His Family. Just know He was loved by many.

  8. Cindy Stear

    Paul was always quick to help, even while facing the end of his journey in this lifetime. I admired him, and he will be missed.

  9. Amy Pfeifer

    I remember Paul's kind smile and demeanor from working with him at Rockford Public Library years ago. My condolences to his loved ones.

  10. Juliette Kula

    Paul was a kind man and wonderful writer.He will be missed,greatly by his friends here in Rockford.My condolences to all the family.

  11. Elizabeth Flygare

    Tammy and Peter and Cheryl and Christopher, I am so sorry. You are in my prayers. Know that Paul was deeply loved by many, and he shall remain the love of my life. Lizza