Daniel J. Anderson

April 13, 2020

Daniel J. Anderson, 50, of Indianapolis, died unexpectedly at his home.  He was born July 23, 1969 in Tipton, Ind. to Mike Anderson and Brenda (Creasy) Avery.

Dan was a 1987 graduate of Frankfort High School and was a graduate of Vincennes University, with a degree in Broadcasting.  He was Promotions Director for Cumulus Radio Broadcasting.  Dan enjoyed music, concerts, bicycling, was an I.U. Fan and an avid Oakland Raiders Fan.  He had a passion for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, had many friends and loved his dog, Maddy.

Due to the current circumstances facing our Nation, this service will be live streamed on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 10 a.m., please click on the link to participate.


Visitation and Services

Family services will be held on Friday, April 17, 2020 Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort, Ind. Gordon Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Due to the current circumstances facing our Nation, this service will be live streamed at 10 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2020. To participate, follow the link on our website. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Survived by:

Mother: Brenda (Fiancé Jim Bartley) Avery of Frankfort, Father: Mike Anderson of Tipton, Sister: Jerri (Eric) Avery-Kruep of Odessa, FL, Niece & Nephew: Abigail & Ryan Kruep, Step-Brother: Mike (Randi) Tomlinson of Tipton

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.


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79 Condolences for “Daniel J. Anderson”

  1. Greg Mondics and Lesle Lane April 15, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Greg and I loved Dan so deeply…he impacted our life immensely and will be missed. We send our love to all of you Brenda, Jim, Mike and Jerri and his extended family.

    • Brenda Avery April 21, 2020 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you both for all your love and kindness that you gave Dan. He loved and admired you both. He would tell about all the
      breakfasts, lunch and dinners that you all shared.

  2. Dave Tribbett April 15, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    The world lost a kind and generous soul when Dan passed. I’m so sad I won’t get to spend time with him, sipping a beverage and doing nothing. I will miss that greatly. Rest In Peace Dan.

  3. Emily Schunke April 15, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    I had the pleasure of meeting Dan through CCA. He was a referee and a great one, not only was Dan fair, he was an outstanding gentleman. I enjoyed spending time with him at a Colt’s game and spending time with him on Moorse. I was truly heart broken when I heard the world had lost a wonderful, caring person as Dan. He was loved appreciated and will be missed by many.

  4. Jeff Crane April 15, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    Dan was an amazing coworker and was one of my first supervisors in broadcasting as a young intern. He was so thoughtful and brought out the best in people. I’m so sorry for his loss and so grateful to have worked alongside him for many years. God bless!

  5. Janet Davis April 16, 2020 at 8:05 am

    My loving thoughts and prayers are with you in this unbelievable time of sorrow. May the peace of God bring healing to your heart.

    • Brenda Avery April 20, 2020 at 11:49 am

      Thank you so much Janet. My life will never be the same

  6. Greg and Janet April 16, 2020 at 11:19 am

    So sorry for your loss, God has a plan for everyone. Words cannot describe how are you feeling now. Just remember we’re here for you and we love you!

  7. Heather Bozell April 16, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Dan was such an intricate part of my childhood. Dan (aka Danny Joe) was my step brother by marriage but I viewed him as my brother and a part of my family. I have many great memories of family vacations, camping, boating, fighting over his hot wheels/Star Wars toys. I always looked forward to the weekends and Holidays when Dan came to stay with us. As we got older, we would often run into each other at concerts and catch up on our lives. I loved him and I will miss running into him at concerts and our occasional messages through Facebook checking in with each other. My prayers go out to all who are impacted by our loss. My heart is breaking for Brenda and our dad.

  8. Gary and Beverly Stewart April 16, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Brenda, Jerri, and Family,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Dan. We do remember him when he was young.
    It’s never easy but there is a plan for each of us.
    Gary and Beverly Stewart

  9. Tom Baker April 16, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Mike, Sorry to hear about your loss of Danny, you take care yourself now. Your ex-brother in law
    Tom Baker with my wife Judy

  10. Kim (Costlow) Epps April 16, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    I have been friends with Dan since junior high. He was such a warm and kind person. I can hear his voice and laugh now and it makes me smile. I have many great memories of Dan but one that stands out is a Rolling Stones concert. What an awesome time. I extend my sympathy to Mike, Brenda, Jim and Jeri and all who loved Dan. He will be terribly missed by us all.

    • Brenda Avery April 20, 2020 at 11:58 am

      I am so glad you have a fun memory of Dan. Thank you!

  11. Mike Bruton April 16, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    So sad to hear the news of Dan’s passing, I met Dan in college; this has brought back so many great fun memories… Many parties at Vincennes and trips to Bloomington jamming to U2, watching football on Sunday’s sipping a cold one. Thanks for the memories Dan!

  12. TERRY W. BAKER April 16, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Mike Anderson,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of your life.
    May peace be with you and all your family.
    From my heart to yours. Rest in peace Danny..
    Love you – Terry Baker – Canton, Ohio

  13. Ben Alllen April 17, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Dan was an amazing and caring person who loved life and people. He brought joy to all those who knew him. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers, as Dan will truly be missed. God Bless!

    • Brenda Avery April 20, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to send thoughts and prayers.

  14. Taylor April 17, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Danderson, you will remain in my heart forever! Rest easy, friend.

  15. Janet Lazdins April 17, 2020 at 8:59 am

    My heart is breaking for Mike and Brenda along with all who knew and loved Dan. Although we had lost touch he always had a very special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. Jeff Strange April 17, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Dan, you were a great friend! You were there the day I met my wife for the first time in the WKHY studios in March of 1995. I’ll remember your smile and laugh most my friend. You will be missed by many and loved always!

  17. Jeff & Jeni Christoffersen April 17, 2020 at 11:14 am

    We met Dan through mutual friends and it was always such a joy when we got to see him. He definitely knew how to light of a room. He was one of the kindest, authentic people we have ever known and he will be deeply missed. We will be praying for Dan, all his family, and all those he touched along the way. May he rest in peace.

  18. Don Creasy April 17, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Beautiful Service. Little Jeri (Sis) you were awesome. My thoughts and prays are with you Brenda and Sis.
    Love you

    • Brenda Avery April 20, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you Donnie! I have cherished memories of you and Dan when he was little. You were his Buddy. love you!!

  19. Marc Viquez April 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Dan will be missed by many in the kickball community here in Indianapolis.

    • Brenda Avery April 20, 2020 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you Marc! He sure enjoyed his weekly kickball.

  20. Cathi Hauck April 17, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Such a beautiful service honoring Dan. I had the privilege of working with Dan at WFBQ/WRZX. Dan was one of the army of folks behind the scenes that worked hard to keep that radio powerhouse strong and successful. I was glad to work alongside him in those glory days and know him beyond those times. He was kind, generous and so very funny. I am so sorry for your loss and lifting you up in prayer.

    • Brenda Avery April 20, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you for your kind words Cathi. He loved all his many radio friends.

  21. Steve April 17, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Dan, you were a great man. I’m pleased to be able to call you a friend. You had a smile that made the room smile back. It was an honor knowing you sir. Thank you for the good times we shared. Maybe I’ll see you again. Until then, keep to being you. I’ll miss our KC/Raider texting battles. I can honestly say I love you bud.

    • Brenda Avery April 20, 2020 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you Steve! He did have a smile that I will never forget.

  22. Susan Lowry April 17, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you. Dan was such a special person, and a dear friend for many years. He introduced me to the Great Divide, Thanksgimlet, Isenbeck beer, and he was my Ben Folds concert buddy when nobody else would go. He helped me save baby geese on a highway in Louisville, then (apparently) committed a federal offense when we drove them across the state line to get them to a rescue in Indianapolis. I loved him dearly and will cherish those memories. Peace to you. Susan Lowry

    • Brenda Avery April 21, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      Oh I so remember the baby geese story. He thought you were out of your mind but being the wonderful guy he is
      he stopped. Thank you for sharing and for your kind words.

  23. Steve Stuart April 17, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    To the family of Dan Anderson:

    Just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. I had the opportunity to work with Dan for many years and his enthusiasm, his good nature, and his professionalism always shined. I am honored to have worked with him, honored for the time I got to share with him and the memories that we made, and most importantly, I am honored to have called him my friend.

    Steve Stuart

    PS: Great job “SIS”

    • Brenda Avery April 21, 2020 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. Sis did an amazing job she loved and admired him so much

  24. Lewis April 17, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Wishing you peace and keeping your family in my prayers. I only knew Dan for a short time, but he was as good as they come. The music, the sports, and his love of our industry always showed through. He was one of the best and will always be remembered as such.

    • Brenda Avery April 20, 2020 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. He really did love what he was doing and was very good at it.

  25. Lori True April 17, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Beautiful service! Dan would have been so proud!

    • Brenda Avery April 20, 2020 at 12:28 pm

      Sis made me very proud and I know he was honored in a very special way because she is his Sis.
      Thank you for all your help and kind words and the love you have for him.

  26. Lori True April 17, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    My heart breaks for you! Dan was an incredible man and loved by many. He is gone way too soon and will be missed terribly.

  27. Erin (Mullen) DeJong April 17, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    To Dan’s Family,
    I send my sincerest thought, prayers, and condolences. Radio brought us together and I’m so thankful to have called him my friend. What a beautiful and lively soul. Never a dull moment or conversation. He will be missed. Thank you for streaming the service so that we could all be a part of today, hear words from Sis (who he adored), and to see the awesome slide show of memories. We all look forward to his celebration of life, this summer. Sending all of my love to Dan – the bear hugs will be missed.

    • Brenda Avery April 20, 2020 at 12:35 pm

      Yes he did adore Sis and as she said she adored and admired him. I look forward to meeting more of his friends at his life’s
      celebration. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers>

  28. Eric Milby April 17, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Dan was a great guy.

  29. Matt Pelsor April 17, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    This was a beautiful service. Thank you.

    I worked with Dan from 2005 until he left Clear Channel and had some great times with him. He was such a likable person with a sharp mind. Thank you for shaping him the way you did–he was truly one of the good ones.

  30. John B. McDonald April 17, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    We will miss you Dan…

  31. Josh Lantz April 17, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    I am truly sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure to be hired by Dan and Rico Fonseca in 2005 as intern at Q95/X103/WNDE1260. I was able to gain a part time position from that internship that allowed me to get to know Dan even more. Funny story is we were doing an in-state college football tour promotion on Saturdays that we worked together. We were at Purdue and unfortunately the radio signal was weak not allowing us to play music. Dan asked me to play from an iPod so I was sort of DJ’ing that morning. I was doing what I thought was a decent job when I played a Rage Against A Machine song. Dan immediately runs over to me instructing me to turn it at once. I was confused asked why and his response in a sense was, do your homework and tell me why we can’t play that song on Monday. I of course was dumb and stubborn at the time but actually listened which I am glad I did. Come to find out, the song I was playing actually ends with the same explicit line repeated 16 times. He pretty much taught me a quick lesson that you have to know the ins and outs of music and your demographic if you are going to be in the music entertainment business. From ’05 on I knew Dan as a boss, a leader, a teacher and a friend. Even as we left the radio station at different times to go on to our next venture, when we would see each other again it was like we hadn’t missed a beat. I truly appreciate the opportunity to have gotten the pleasure to meet and have him a part of my life.

    “The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.” – MLK Jr

    • Brenda Avery April 21, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing your story of meeting Dan and I am glad you got to know him better and be a part of his life.

  32. Paul Mykytka April 17, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    I am so sad that we have lost Dan, but so thankful and happy to have known him. He was an amazing person, one of the best men I have ever known, and he touched so many people’s lives in a great way. He will be missed terribly, but our memories of him will always make us smile. Rest easy Dan, thank you for letting me be a small part of your life.

  33. Dan Schultz April 17, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Dan was a GREAT guy. He was ALWAYS the good guy, never a bad word from him, a hard worker, and did his job well. He will be missed.

  34. Adam Ritz April 17, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Wishing Dan’s family the best during this difficult time. I worked with Dan 17 years ago at Clear Channel Radio. We shared some great times. I know you’re proud of how many people love him and will miss him.

    • Brenda Avery April 21, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you Adam. I am glad you had the opportunity to be a part of his life.

  35. Jason Maddox April 17, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Dan was a great man, I had the pleasure to work with him for three years and in that time we connected through music. He will be so greatly missed at Cumulus. You are all in our prayers.

    God Bless,

  36. Kim Beyer April 17, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Brenda, I am so sorry hear about your sons passing. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you! God bless you and your family!

  37. Dale Gill April 17, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Dan at Cumulus. I’ll miss hearing his voice in the and hearing him talk sports with the jocks and the various parts of listening to his work. I’ll also miss his humor with that giant Stewie Griffin statue he kept in his office. Blessings and comfort to you in this hour.

  38. Travis and Gina Sheets April 17, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    ….so very sorry, much love- Travis and Gina

  39. Tim Hansell April 17, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Dan was a great guy. I loved working with him. He will be missed!

  40. Sandie Redington April 17, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Brenda, we were so sorry to hear about your son. Your daughter gave a wonderful tribute for her brother. When she put the hat on, it was so moving. Keeping your family in prayers. Sandie & David

  41. Brenda Avery April 20, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Thank you both. Dan loved spending time with you both always looked forward to the first day of boating season and the 4th of July
    celebration. I will always remember the time that we came with him to visit and what fun we had. Thank you so much for that memory.

  42. Keisha Ricketts April 21, 2020 at 9:15 am

    “Dan the Man” as I would pop in his office and call him…good guy. In my years of working with him at Cumulus I have nothing but good things to say about him. And I really mean nothing. Even after I left he checked in around that time just to see how things were going. Very respectful, and caring. He means so much to Cumulus. Thank you Lord for Dan the Man!

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