December 3, 1949 ~ September 23, 2011

Born in: Minneapolis, MN,
Resided in: Hendersonville, NC

Our beloved Jim passed on to Glory on September 23, 2011 with his loved ones and friends by his side. He will forever be in our hearts; his life, and legacy, of improving ours and others lives will live on throughout eternity. Jim was born to the late Rey and Dorothy Ander on December 3, 1949 in Minneapolis, MN. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Jerry Ander. Jim majored in Biblical Studies at Western Bible Institute in Lakewood, CO (now Colorado Christian University) and was Youth Pastor at Judson Memorial Bible Church in Denver, CO. Later, Jim began a sales career with American Salesmasters, received their "Salesperson of the Year" award and shortly thereafter became one of their vice presidents. This began his life-long career in the field of Human Engineering as a Behavioral Scientist. He has had more than 30 years experience as a Life Enhancement Coach, Productivity Trainer and Speaker. Jim was the current Vice-President of Mathis Electronics, and President of Creative Profit Systems, his consulting and people-building business. Jim was a previous partner with Zig Ziglar as President of Ander-Ziglar Success Consultants in Dallas, Texas. Jim is survived by his wife, Linda Ander, of Hendersonville; one daughter, Tami Connelly and her husband, Chuck, of Red Wing, MN; one son, David Ander and his wife, Kathy, of Divide, CO as well as their mother, Marty Ander; two step-children, Karen Mervine and her husband, Clif, of Hendersonville and Anne Plummer and her husband, Phil, of Voorheesville, NY; two sisters, Carol Wooten and her husband, Frank, and Cindy Ander; one sister-in-law, Mary Ander; four grandchildren, Payton Ander and Nicholas, Hunter and Christian Connelly as well as four step-grandchildren, Isabella and Sophia Mervine and Nathaniel and Theodore Plummer. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Hendersonville, where he was a member, and had recently been elected to the Board of Elders. Pastor and dear friend, Dr. William C. Campbell, will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Rathbun Center in Asheville, NC ( or to Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, CO (

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  1. Dear Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers have been with you this past week.
    We continue to remember with a warm fondness our conversations and times shared over meals with Jim & Linda, so glad our paths crossed and our lives came together in Asheville, NC. A recent card I read said this: ‘The world will never be the same because of the beautiful difference one life has made… a special person remembered and a beautiful life honored.’ Good words for Jim, good words for us all. Blessings!

  2. Dear Linda and Family
    We are so sorry for your loss. We hold you in our hearts and we pray that God will give you the strength to face the days ahead. Know that you and Jim are loved and that you are always in our thoughts and prayers.
    Catherine and George

  3. Linda, my prayers are that God will bless and keep you under his every so watchful eyes. I am truly sorry that we never got to meet Jim and see how happy the two of you had become.

  4. Linda and Family
    I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was a wonderful person and I am thankful to have known him. May GOD wrap his arms around you and give you comfort during this time.

  5. Linda,
    I just wanted to express my sincere condolences for your loss. I have such fond memories of talking with Jim during our Israel trip and his help and encouragement with Hughes. I have thought of Jim often as I see the things Hughes continues to do and conquer. Much love to you, We are praying for you! Steohanie

  6. In His providence, the Lord spared Jim’s life for twenty years so that he could be part of your life for ten of those years. Jim was a great man, and touched many lives. May the Lord watch over you, Linda, giving you peace in the midst of this storm of loss.

  7. Linda, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jim was a wonderful person and I know you shared many beautiful moments with him. Please be strong in God’s love and know that he will never forsake you. He has brought Jim home to do heavenly work now. Love you. Pete and Rhonda Latrella

  8. Linda and Family, Pat and I are so sorry about your loss. Our brief time together was so special. You and Jim were such a unique couple. You used the word soul mate to describe him, and we certainly could see that he was. Please know we are here for you.

  9. Dear Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. I so remember our wonderful trip to Israel December 2009 with you and Jim. He was so kind and your love for each other was so evident. My family is so thankful to have been with you both. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love, Ron and Trudy Wilson

  10. We send our sympathy and prayers to Linda and the family. We enjoyed getting to know Jim on the wonderful trips with Dr. Estep and our First Baptist, Columbia family. Phil and Dianne Gregory

  11. Dear Linda,
    Nick and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear husband, Jim. We are so previledged to have had the opportunity to get to know both of you on our Israel trip. We pray that God will hold you close during this time of great loss and sorrow. You will remain in our prayers. Sincerely, Dottye and Nick Wodogaza


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