Brian Scott Anderson

Born: Monday, March 8, 1954
Passed: Monday, June 19, 2017

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March 8, 1954 - June 19, 2017
Beloved husband, father and grandfather

Brian Scott Anderson, 63, of Rockford, Illinois, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017. Born March 8, 1954 in Rockford, the son of Gene and Gina Anderson.
Brian was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He owned the Anderson Automotive Group of Rockford and Loves Park, Illinois. Brian started in the automotive business with his father, Gene Anderson, in 1970 in Loves Park with the Datsun-Saab franchise which later became Nissan and Mazda. They added the Dodge and Toyota franchises in 1989. Gene Anderson retired in the early 1990's and Brian went on from there to build one of the largest auto groups in Northern Illinois with twelve new car franchises and five locations in Rockford and Loves Park.

He was owner, visionary and friend to over four hundred Anderson employees. He always had time for everyone and greeted them with his special smile. During the Great Recession in 2009, Brian assured all employees that no one would lose their jobs. He told them they would work through these tough times as a family. Brian leaves this world and all those he touched better because of him. He may be gone but everything he taught us will live on forever. Brian's love for the Rockford and Loves Park communities, and the customers they serve, has never changed since 1970. Through the years, he was always willing to support community projects and charitable organizations, many times with little or no recognition. Everything he built will continue to grow with the same passion by those he inspired.

Brian had numerous hobbies. However, his favorite pastime was competing in skeet tournaments across the United States and winning many awards, including Arizona State Champion in 2016 and 2017, and several placements at the World Skeet Championships. He was also a skeet coach and mentored many young athletes that have been very successful. His dream was to see one of his athletes represent the USA in the Olympics.

Brian is lovingly survived by his wife Judy Anderson, son Chad (Sara) Anderson; daughter Stephanie (Ryan) Finney; father Gene Anderson and stepmother Maggie Berkheimer; grandchildren Danny McGee, Meghan McGee, Taylor Anderson, Carter Finney, Evelyn Finney; brother James (Elizabeth) Anderson; sister Cindy (Ted) Markee; niece Hailey Markee; nephews Tom Anderson, Sam Anderson, Blaine Love, and Cole Love. Predeceased by mother Gina (Yeakle) Anderson.

Per Brian's wishes, a private celebration of his life will take place. In lieu of flowers, the Brian S. Anderson memorial fund has been established at Alpine Bank with proceeds being distributed to Brian's favorite charities.

Condolences & Shared Memories (55)

  1. Steve Naeve

    Judy, you may not remember me, but I was on a squad with you and Brian at Tucson earlier this year. I very much enjoyed shooting with both of you, and could see that Brian was a very accomplished skeet shooter. Subsequently I read of his success at your shoot in Phoenix. I was shocked to read about Brian's passing. My partner and I wanted to express our deepest sympathy to you for this tragic loss. Steve Naeve Houston, TX

  2. Sue Hendren

    What a wonderful person. I played 2nd chair to his first chair clarinet through junior high school. He usually won as he was a focused, talented musician. Although technically competitors, he was always so kind and supportive. Always so sweet and shy, too. I last saw him at our 10th reunion. As always he sincerely inquired after how my life was to date. I am sure everyone in his life is remembering him with love. So saddened to learn of his passing.

  3. Vonda "Queen" Bolden

    We are all family... May GOD bless this family.. Much Love, Vonda Bolden Queen of Opelika Ford

  4. Dan Gilbert

    I graduated from Harlem High with Brian in 1972. He was always kind and thoughtful to everyone. With success, he did not change. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family.

  5. Ross Royster

    Brian was a good man, an honest and honorable soul. He will be missed by the many people he touched. Deep condolences to you, Judy and family.

  6. Gregory F. Wall

    Brian and I have known each other since we both were in cub scouts together on harlem road when he mother was den mother many years ago, I can say we don't meet many people in our lives that we can call a true friend Brian was and is one of best friends I have had in my lifetime my best wishes go out to his family. Love ya Brian may God Bless your family

  7. John Kraman

    I had the honor to work for Brian in the late 70's thru the mid 80's at the Nissan-Mazda store. He had a quiet yet intense demeanor and was also very perceptive. This is a complete shock and my thoughts are with his family and employees. Huge loss.

  8. Bruce Pierce

    From my family to yours, may you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends. Those who care share your loss, wish you comfort and peace of mind. Brian will be missed by all who knew him.

  9. Karen and Kevin Radtke

    To judy and your family our deepest sympathies for your loss. Having knowing Brian for only a short time has been a pleasure. He will be missed greatly. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  10. Belinda Kerley

    Judy: My heart goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. Brian was a very nice guy.

  11. Darlene Durphy

    I remember Brian as such a kind gentle man. He would come into the bank and brighten it with just his pleasant smile. He never seemed to be in a hurry. Always courteous and caring of those around him. I will miss him and his contagious smile!!

  12. Ann Stacy

    My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family, Judy.

  13. Carolyn Eynnon

    Judy: I never met Brian, but I sure do love you and are praying for your entire family. God is faithful and will give peace to all when we call upon His Name. I know you do that, so live like his Child in His everlasting arms.

  14. Sandy Huhsman

    Judy and family: My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. We have known Brian for many years and he was always kind and polite gentleman. Know that Brian will be missed. He was a great son, husband, father, and grandfather and a good friend.

  15. Brian Scott Anderson

    We were privileged to know Brian and have him as a friend. He will be missed. Judy and his family have our sincere condolences. Don and Ginny Lyddon

  16. Linda Bice

    Deepest sympathy to all of you. Keeping you in my prayers. Brian was a very special person. When he came into the cleaners, always had a smile and asked how my day was. Always had time to talk with everyone and treated everyone the same.

  17. Patrick J. Stich, Kia Motors America

    My deepest sympathies to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this very difficult time.

  18. Kristine Frank

    Chad, Sara and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I didn't get to know your dad/ father -in-law, but sounds he was the most supportive, hard working, likable, & dedicated person that really understood people! Remember the good times with him. I'm praying nightly for your healing. Xoxo

  19. Nancy Jacobs

    Dear Judy and the Anderson family, my deepest sympathies to you for your great loss! As I read Brian's obituary, I see that he touched so many lives for good. He will be sadly missed! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  20. Emy, Winston, Luke and Stacey Sequeira

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes to you Chad and families. May your Dad rest in peace

  21. Roger Bain

    Over the years, my family has purchased many new vehicles from the Anderson Group. We were always treated fairly, with honesty, and at times when special circumstances needed emergency automotive attention, with great compassion and understanding. From the sales staff to the service staff, everyone has been wonderful. Such integrity can only be instilled from the top down. It is evident that this way of doing business has paid off in many ways throughout the community. We never had to ask "speak to the boss." Everyone we ever dealt with was empowered to do the right thing. This proves that leadership, morality, and honesty pays off when a company is lead by example, trust, faith, and passion. It's truly a great loss for family, friends, and employees, but the examples and principles the first two generations have set will continue on to the third. Our thoughts and prayers to the entire Anderson family. "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

  22. Katina Papageorge

    Judy and family. So sorry for your loss. May God give you and your family peace.. God bless you all..

  23. Matt brannum

    Mr. Anderson you are missed very much already. Prayers to family, friends, and all coworkers.

  24. Jeff Anderson

    Well Brian sure did enjoy discussing our many memories together growing up! You will be missed so much thanks for the many long lunches we both enjoyed so very much! Thanks for the many memories my friend and cousin. God Bless you and the family!

  25. James Sullivan

    I worked with Brian back in the mid 70's at the dealership. His father was our boss but Brian was never too good to do any job he would ask you to do and I respected him for that. I am sure we will see each other again in Heaven. My condolences to his family.

  26. The Bergin Family

    Our hearts are heavy! Such a GREAT man that made a tremendous impact on the Community touching the lives of all who knew him. Prayers to the family during this very difficult time!

  27. Patty

    My Son Steve worked for Anderson's and told me what a wonderful boss he was. I am sorry for your loss.

  28. Joe Childs

    Brian was absolutely one of the nicest people I have ever known. He had a passion for Skeet Shooting and I enjoyed shooting with him many times. He will be missed by a lot of people who called him friend.

  29. Vern Daley

    So sorry for your loss Judy.

  30. Kurt F. Weigt, Director of Athletics at Harlem H.S.

    Harlem Athletics was saddened to hear of Brian's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Brian's generosity to Harlem Athletics will never be forgotten.

  31. Marv and Alice Leopold

    Wonderful man and family. He will surely be missed. Rest in peace and God Bless.

  32. Jeanette Smith

    what a great man he was such a humble man never drawing attention to himself but always giving the credit to others he will surely be missed by many people

  33. Danny & Patricia Phillips

    Brian was the best man I ever worked for in my 30 years in the car business. May he rest in peace and know how much he was appreciated in this life. What a great man.

  34. Lou Palmeri

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember watching Brian as he grew up at the dealership on North Alpine and he was so courteous and mature and it was always a pleasure seeing him. He grew to be a wonderful human being and I know he will be missed by everyone who knew him and at the dealership's. God bless you and your family !

  35. Ross Watkins

    Our sincere condolences - Brian was an all around great man - may he rest in peace ! Ross & Lu / Mancos, CO

  36. Kim and Denis Rusalen

    Judy, Chad Stephanie and family - we are so sorry for your loss. Brian was a great person. The times of fun we had together on Lake Kegonsa, visiting you in Colorado with Denis' sister and nieces from France 🇫🇷. Having the boys up for Elk hunting. He was very gracious and will be missed. Our thoughts are with you.

  37. Saundra Hetherington Dichiera

    Judy and Family. We are so sorry for your loss. May God give you peace and understanding. We will continue to pray for you all always. God Bless.

  38. Vada Armbrust and Family

    We are so sorry. Brian was a very special man and dear friend to our whole family. Judy, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We have enjoyed seeing him at Lake Kegonsa, he will be sorely missed.

  39. Barbara Carter

    My deepest sympathy to your family and friends.

  40. Mike and Barb Connelly

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Anderson family. We have known Brian for many years and are truly saddened to hear of his passing. Such a great guy. Rest in peace Brian.

  41. Nick and Mary LaMarca

    Brian was our neighbor in Terrang Subdivision many years ago. We knew Chad and Stephanie when they were born. darling kids growing up and had the pleasure years later to look at cars with Chad as an adult. he was a nice, quiet man which passed his kindness thru his children. God needed him back to do wonders in Heaven. May you rest in peace, Brian. glad to have had the opportunity to know you

  42. Maureen Risch

    Brian, like everyone I am trying to absorb every conversation, memory, piece of advice you have ever given me. Sharing a moment of your time was truly a gift. We found comfort in your wisdom, and will miss your quiet confidence most of all. My favorite memory is when one of our customers came in an recited a poem she wrote for you. To inspire people to do those things just by being you is amazing. To Judy, Gene, Chad, Stephanie and the entire Anderson family please know you have my deepest respect and heartfelt condolences always.

  43. jim&luci Bagley

    We are sad to hear about Brian are thoughts and prayers are with the family

  44. Carol Johnson

    Brian and his family were such community minded people and I doubt many know all the contributions he made around our city. I am especially grateful for what he did through the years for Harlem High School and our students.

  45. Mike Parent

    I had the distinct pleasure of working for Brian, along side his son Chad at the Toyota/Lexus store. I've been in the business 22 years, and Brian was by far the best owner I've ever worked for. His passion for his business and caring of his employees were second to none. My deepest sympathies go out to his family and all who knew him. He will be greatly missed !

  46. Sheri Kenney-Bade

    My deepest heartfelt thoughts & prayers are with Judy & all of Brian's family & friends.

  47. Mark akins

    Worked for this family a long time, very sad day,thinking of you and your family

  48. Jim Madison

    Shocked ! Grew up knowing him and his family. Was great friend/mentor-We shared common interests-I was blessed to have known him. This is like losing a member of my own family. He was always "one of the guys". Will be missed forever.


    Brian will be missed by many, he always cared for the people around him and was always a gentleman. God bless your family.

  50. Barbara Sturm

    We are still in shock. He was always so kind to me. And my husband John Sturm loved him like a brother. We always got together when we came to Rockford. He and Judy were truly a match made in heaven. He loved her and was so proud of her. He was a quiet man. But was so full of love and life. Love you Brian and Judy. God bless you all as you go through this very difficult time. May peace find you and comfort you during this very difficult time. I know god welcomed him home with open arms , as he still has work to do.

  51. Lorri Morgan

    Always hardest on the ones left behind. Judy, Gene, Chad, Stephanie, and the rest of the family, my thoughts and prayers.... Forever and ever.

  52. Donna M Vella

    My deepest sympathy to Brian's family. Your son, father, husband, grandfather,was truly one of a kind. It has been an honor to work for such a wonderful man. The environment he created for his employees make it a pleasure to work there. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  53. Sally Burden Williams

    President of the class of 72 Harlem High School. He represented our class as he did his businesses with integrity, class, and quiet leadership. Such a fine man! Chip and I are so honored to have known him.

  54. Carter Doolittle

    Brian, as everyone knows, was the pure definition of a gentleman. Never compromised his deep integrity. I will truly miss him as will everyone that has ever had the privilege to know him. My prayers are with him and his family and friends. With deep sorrow, Carter

  55. Scott Compton, Nissan North America

    Brian was a class act and a true gentleman to work with, never wavering whether good times or bad. I wish there were more just like him. He will be sorely missed within the Nissan family!

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