Christopher Thomas Anderson


Christopher Thomas Anderson


Christopher Thomas Anderson, born Sept. 9, 1970, passed away on May 11, 2019.

He attended Poly Drive Elementary School, Will James Middle School, Billings West High School and Billings Career Center, where he excelled in the broadcasting program, resulting in a job at a local radio station. He was confirmed in the Lutheran Church. Chris was a popular, outgoing person who had a love of life. He battled demons of alcohol and drugs for much of his life, trying to self-medicate for ADHD and bipolar condition. Due to his addictions, he spent many years incarcerated and under the auspices of the Montana Dept. of Corrections, where the merry-go-round of probation, incarceration and parole entangled him for most of his adult life. Despite this adversity, he maintained a positive and loving demeanor, and will be greatly missed by his friends and loving family.

He is survived by his father, Alan Anderson of Fort Myers, Florida; daughter Erin Anderson; sister Karen Tanton (Ed) of Bloomington, Illinois; niece Erika Rocke of Houston, Texas; and nephew Tyler Tanton of Bloomington. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ellen Anderson; his aunt, Judith Diane Anderson; and his grandparents, Lloyd and Dora Anderson, and Ralph and Roda McAvoy.

A graveside ceremony will be at 9 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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4 thoughts on “Christopher Thomas Anderson”

  1. Chris and I were good friends in Grade school at Poly Drive, and we had recently reconnected on Facebook, I am very sad to hear of his passing! My heart and my prayers go out to his family!

  2. Sheila Schmidt

    I am so very sorry for this loss. I pray you all will rejoice in the happy memories we all have of Chris. Sending healing prayers and hugs to all family.

    Sheila Schmidt

  3. Mary Fitzgerald

    I didn’t know Chris, but I wish I had. But I want to thank the family for being so forthright about the issues with which Chris struggled. If more people were open about these problems (mental health, addiction and the broken penal system) maybe some serious and well-needed changes could be made. I am so sorry for your loss. It is clear that Chris was a wonderful man with a zest for life ~ all conflicted with the problems he had to face. It sounds as if he did his best given all he had to deal with. I wish life had been different for him. His death is a loss to humanity, as we are all complicit in either our inability or unwillingness to make some changes so that more wounded souls could over-come these horrendous problems and actually thrive. My deepest sympathies.

  4. I am sorry for your loss. I was sad to see Chris’s obituary as I was thinking about him and your family a week ago, I was cleaning around my son Tyler’s playhouse, which Chris painted for us. I always tried to reach out to him when I would see him. I was always hopeful that he could get clean and live a happy life. Your honesty on Chris addictions was well written. Thank you for being honest, I know his mother always prayed for him. She was proud of his talents. Alan, I hope you are doing well in Florida. Sorry I missed the service and seeing the family.

    Connie Glass
    former ALC member

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