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February 1, 2023

10/11/2022 5:29:00 AM
Michael John Anderson

Michael John Anderson, 58, of Rhinelander, passed away at home after a one-and-a-half-year battle with colon cancer on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, with his family at his side.

Mike was raised in Milwaukee until 1973 when his family moved to the Northwoods. In 1982 he graduated from Rhinelander High School. He then attended Northcentral Technical College in Wausau enrolling in the Automotive Tech program. He worked along side his father in his transmission shop called Fairway Service. Mike was later employed with Bauman T.V. as a television repairman until 1993. For the past 29 years he has been employed at Value Auto retiring in June of 2022 due to his health. Michael was united in marriage on Feb. 13, 1993, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He enjoyed working on electronics and enjoyed model railroading especially HO Scale trains.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Michele, three children, Amanda (William) Ewan, Michael J. Anderson Jr., and Holly Anderson, all of Rhinelander; seven grandchildren, Alexa, Bella, Liam, Haylee, Axel, Myah, and Bentley; siblings, Susanne (Erik) Whitesides of Eagle River, four brothers-in-law, Gary Sheldon, Steve Sheldon, Bob Sheldon, and Michael Sheldon (Robin Potter), all of Rhinelander. Also surviving are nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Janette Anderson, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bruce and Shirley Sheldon.

A Celebration of Mike's Life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions in honor of Mike may be given to his family in care of Michele Anderson, 3395 S. Faust Lake Road, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501.

Michael's family would like to extend a special thank you to Compassus at Home Hospice, the James Beck Cancer Center, and to Hildebrand Funeral Home. Your care and compassion will always be remembered.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. Everyone is invited to sign the guestbook or leave an online condolence at

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