Kevin M. Anderson

Kevin Marvin Anderson, 56, passed away unexpectedly from cardiac arrest Monday, May 16, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. He was born in Madison on June 24, 1959, the son of Marvin and Eunice (Bronte) Anderson.

Kevin was a 1977 graduate of Monona Grove High School. His passion for music began in Sunday school at West Koshkonong Lutheran Church in Stoughton, and he was also a member of Don Ring’s orchestra while in high school. Kevin moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University but soon left to join country artist Jana Jae’s touring band. A talented musician, Kevin toured the country playing music, first with Jana Jae and then with Sonny James as a guitar and backing vocals.

After leaving the road, Kevin returned to Nashville to work at WSM Radio, where he served as a producer for the Bill Cody morning show, then became the WSM-FM music director before working as a part-time announcer for the Grand Ole Opry. As a longstanding fixture with WSM, Kevin had the opportunity to meet and befriend many of his country music idols and other entertainers.

Kevin’s love of country music was second only to his love for his family. He is survived by his mother, Eunice; his siblings, Bonnee (Pete) Nelson, Beth Suddeth, Robin (Sami) Khalaf, Keith (Tammy) Anderson and Ken (Susan) Anderson; his nieces, Nicole Nelson and Samantha Jo Suddeth; and nephews, Ryan (Francie) Khalaf, Shane (Taylor) Khalaf, Tyler (Jess) Anderson, Justin (Corinne) Anderson, Luke Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Drew Nelson and Brandon Suddeth. He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin; and brother, Steven.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2016, at West Koshkonong Lutheran Church, 1911 Koshkonong Road, Stoughton. Burial followed in West Koshkonong Cemetery. Friends and relatives were invited to a luncheon, following the burial, in the church fellowship hall. Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Cress Funeral Home, 206 W. Prospect St., Stoughton, and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Monday at church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Koshkonong Lutheran Church Endowment Fund.

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Cress Funeral Service, 206 W. Prospect St., Stoughton, is serving the family.

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