James Stryker Anderson, 19 months-old son of Jesse and Joni (Parish) Anderson of Lucerne, Missouri, left the suffering of this world to enjoy the eternal riches of our heavenly Father at 6:05 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2016 after a year-long battle against two rare and baffling diseases while living in a hospital, for a chance at hope for a healthy life.
Stryker fought bravely and joyfully as the first infant reported with his condition, with the help of an amazing medical team at Kansas City Children’s Mercy Hospital. He was supported by a dedicated team of Facebook followers, called Team Stryker and an army of prayer warriors. His short life was no measure of the immense impact he had on the world. He was an inspiration to thousands and led a multitude to a restored or deeper faith and deeper purpose.
Stryker loved music and dancing, interacting, sharing adorable smiles and “Stryker kisses”. His love for his family was evident in every smile. Everything about Stryker was rare, Stryker himself a rare gift.
He is survived by his parents, Joni and Jesse Anderson of Lucerne, Missouri; a brother, Leighton Kempf; a sister, Alyssa Anderson; grandparents, Jeff and Joy Anderson of Hartford, Missouri, Pat Anderson of Kirksville, Missouri, Jim and Joy Parrish of Hurdland, Missouri; great-grandparents, Alvie and Donna Parrish of Novelty, Missouri, Lola and Howard Anderson of Lancaster, Missouri, and Nancy West of Blue Springs, Missouri; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Public visitation will be held Friday, February 12, 2016 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the chapel of Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, with interment following at Arni Memorial Cemetery in Lancaster, Missouri.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Stryker Benefit. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.