|Birth: ||Sep. 28, 1907|
|Death: ||Jul. 31, 1990|
U. S. Navy Seabee / World War II
Memorial services for Allen R. Anderson, a former U.S. Navy Seabee, contractor and western Washington bridge-builder, were held yesterday in Bellevue. Mr. Anderson, 82, died July 31, 1990 after a long illness.
A bridge contractor for 21 years, he used to drive along I-90 near Seattle and remind his passengers that some of the structures wouldn't be there without him.
"He always drove over a bridge and said, `I built this bridge,'" recalled Mr. Anderson's brother, Irving Anderson, of Seattle.
Mr. Anderson owned and operated the now-dissolved Anderson Bridge Co., from which he retired about 10 years ago. That company built about 100 bridges in western Washington, said his son, Earl Anderson.
Many of the overpasses can be seen on I-5 between Seattle and Everett, he said.
"He loved his work and he loved his family," said Earl Anderson. "He was pretty much a workaholic."
His two sons, Earl and Wayne R. Anderson, joined their father in contracting and worked at the family business.
The father and sons enjoyed sailing together on a boat that Mr. Anderson built for them, Irving Anderson said.
LeRoy McFarland of Kirkland started working for Mr. Anderson on a 30-day trial basis in 1956. He wound up working for him for 18 years.
"We built a lot of bridges," he said. "He was a good boss."
Mr. Anderson was born in Douglas, Alaska, on Sept. 28, 1907. He moved to Seattle in 1917. After graduating from Ballard High School in 1929, he married, Clarice.
He served as an officer in the Navy Seabees at Guadalcanal and after the war returned to Seattle with his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife. Survivors include two brothers, Carl and Irving Anderson, and a sister, Lydia Almquist, all of Seattle; his sons, Earl Anderson of Bellevue and Wayne Anderson of Seattle; and four grandchildren.
Created by: Arthur Allen "Art" Moore...
Record added: Feb 06, 2010
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