Jerry Anderson, a footwear veteran who worked in a number of major wholesale and retail roles, died on Dec. 19, 2012. He was 85 when he succumbed to congestive heart failure at his home in Itasca, Ill.
Anderson began his career in 1950 as a retail buyer at Klein Department Store. A few years later, as the head footwear buyer at Sears, he had the biggest budget at the department store.
He then moved into the wholesale arena, where he held executive titles including VP of sales at Sebago, EVP of Briarwood Shoe Co. and president of the private-label division at Stride Rite Corp.
Later in his career, he was a senior account representative at E.S. Originals Inc., Mitsubishi Corp. and Pagoda Corp. Anderson retired in 1992.
“Jerry was a great father and great shoe man,” said son Michael Anderson. “He was a friendly person, determined and always professional in everything he did. He leaves a great legacy of people he mentored and influenced in the shoe business as well as in his family. He was a true leader and great family man.”
Anderson is survived by his wife, Diane; daughters Susan Nolte and Linda Honsa; sons Jon Anderson and Michael Anderson; and eight grandchildren.