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Ralph K Anderson, Jr.

Born: Wed., Jul. 16, 1947
Died: Fri., Sep. 1, 2017


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Sep. 03, 2017
Location: Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home

12:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Sep. 04, 2017
Location: Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Sep. 05, 2017
Location: Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home, Inc.

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Ralph K Anderson Jr., age 70, died on Friday, September 1, 2017 at his residence in Cumberland County, Kentucky. Ralph Jr. was born on July 16, 1947 to Rose Anderson Miller and the late Ralph K Anderson Sr.  He graduated from Cumberland County High School in 1965 and the University of Kentucky in 1969 where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. On December 24, 1966, he married Charlene Compton. He began his professional career teaching land surveying at the University of Kentucky Southeast Community College in Cumberland, KY.  In 1973, they moved to Bowling Green and he went to work for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and later the Barren River Area Development District. In 1977, he opened Anderson Engineering in Smiths Grove, Kentucky and provided land surveying and professional engineering services in the region until his retirement in 2013. 


He served on the Warren County Board of Education for 8 years and was chairman for 4 of those years.  A lifelong UK basketball fan, he was also a KHSAA basketball official for over twenty years.  As his children were growing up he coached many of their softball, baseball, and basketball teams. Being involved with his children and community youth was a meaningful part of his life that he treasured.  After his retirement in 2013, he and Charlene moved back to Cumberland County.  He was a member of Hanover Church of Christ and was the current Chair of the Cumberland County Democratic Party.  During retirement, Ralph, Jr. enjoyed farming, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.


Survivors include: his wife of 50 years, Charlene Compton Anderson; his mother, Rose Anderson Miller of Burkesville, KY; three children, Carmen Mullins (Charles) of Brentwood, TN, Colette Chelf (David) of Bowling Green, KY, and Kent Anderson (Andrea) of Bowling Green, KY; six grandchildren, Andy and Clay Mullins, Lila and Ben Chelf, Sam and Norah Anderson; a sister, Debbie Anderson Lewis; two sisters-in-law, Joan Morris and Sandra McClendon; two nieces and two nephews, Julie Lewis Skeeters, Tina McClendon, Todd McClendon, and Darren Morris.


Visitation will be on Sunday, September 03, 2017 from 2 P.M. until 8 P.M. at Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home in Bowling Green and on Monday, September 04, 2017 from 12 Noon until 8 P.M. at Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home in Burkesville. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, September 05, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home with burial in Leslie Cemetery.

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Cathy Cary Vinson
   Posted Sun September 03, 2017
Charlene sending love and prayers for strength during this difficult time.

Nancy Williams
   Posted Sun September 03, 2017
So sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for you and your family.

T. M.
   Posted Mon September 04, 2017
My sincere condolences to your family. May the love of those close to you and God's promise of the resurrection give you comfort and hope. (Acts 24:15)

Anne Mason
   Posted Tue September 05, 2017
Charlene, I'm so sorry! I know you will miss him but I hope you stay strong and have faith in God's purpose.

Anne Mason

Sue Cravens Stivers
   Posted Tue September 05, 2017
I just learned today (Sept.6) at 2:15 PM about the passing of Ralph Jr. I want to express my sincere sympathy to each of you and to let you know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.time. I remember Ralph,Jr, Charlene and members of both sides of the family when I worked in Cumberland County Extension Agent (4-H) My prayer is that God will enfold His loving arms around you and give you peace at this sad time.

Love, Prayers and Blessing to each of you.
Sue Cravens Stivers

Harry & Sandy Mills
   Posted Wed September 06, 2017
A sad time for all who knew Ralph. Hope that you know Charlene that friends from your past are thinking of you and family in this time of your loss.

Gene Stinchcomb
   Posted Sat November 04, 2017
I have just learned of Ralph's passing this week. Please accept my deepest and sincerest condolences. I often remember the good times we shared together and never pass the Smith's Grove I-75 exit without thinking fond thoughts of Ralph and Charlene.