Andy Anderson died Nov. 3, 2006 after 89 full years of life. He was born Sept. 5, 1917 in Chicago to Hjalmer and Florence Anderson. His father came over from Sweden, bringing with him some old values that included hard work and a thirst for knowledge.
Andy served in the U.S. Army during World War II where he was a Chief Radio Operator. He was very proud of his time in the service and worked his way up to Master Sergeant while stationed in the South Pacific.
After the war he left the Army but not government service. He worked for the Civil Service for 20 years and was on the cutting edge of the computer age.
Andy married late in life. He met Marie Jensen, who was raised in Western Washington, while working at the Fort Lewis complex. They were married in May of 1958 in Monroe. When both Andy and Marie retired they moved to Ledgewood Beach on Central Whidbey, where they stayed until they moved to Regency Retirement Center in Oak Harbor in September, 2005.
Andy was a man of many interests. "Blue Eyes" as he was known to many, he loved ballroom dance, played bingo and he attended a number of functions at the Bayview Senior Center. He was an organist, not so much for others' enjoyment, but for his own, and prior to joining the Army he was also a tennis instructor.
He was a loyal Seattle Mariners fan, but Andy will probably be most remembered for his love of art and his uncanny ability to paint wildlife. He would look at a photograph and be able to transfer it all onto canvas using oils. The walls at his home are lined with his work and all who have been privileged to see it, do so with awe.
Andy is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marie, at Regency and by his sister Alice Vandre of Missoula, Mont., along with two nephews and their wives, Randall and Gloria Watkiss, also of Missoula and Terence and Elaine Watkiss of Chicago. He also leaves special friends Greg and Linda Wasinger of Oak Harbor.
03 Nov 2006 Whidbey News Times Whidbey WA
Marie J. Jenson Anderson
1915–2012 (m. 1958)
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