In memory of
Earl H. Anderson
Earl H. Anderson
April 22, 1923 - Oct. 12, 2019
Earl H. Anderson was born April 22, 1923 in Missouri Valley, Iowa to Hubert and Oneida Anderson. During college he worked summers as a signal man for the railroads. After receiving his degree from Iowa State, he joined the Army in 1944. He was sent abroad to help with railroad repairs in the Philippines and Korea. At night, he would play trombone in dance bands performing in the officer clubs. He helped liberate the Bataan POW Camp. He later joined the Air Force National Guard and was a signal maintainer. He then moved to Chicago with his family. In 1952 he began working for the Federal Government investigating railroad accidents. He transferred to Denver in 1957 and he became a railroad safety supervisor for the ICC. In 1962 he was transferred to Portland as Regional Manager. Fifteen years later he became one of eight Regional Directors of the Federal Railroad Administration and was relocated to San Francisco.
In 1985 he and Jeanette moved back to Oregon, purchasing a house in West Linn. His retirement years were spent playing bridge, writing about family genealogy and he was very involved with the Waluga Masons and the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church. He also created jewelry, tables and lamps using rocks that he collected. He was a member of the Masons, Scottish Rite, American Contract Bridge League, National Defense Transportation Association, Presidio Officer's Club, former member of Lake Oswego Methodist Church, and current member of Lake Grove Presbyterian Church.
He was predeceased by his spouse, Jeanette with whom he celebrated 70 years of marriage; his son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Amelia Anderson. He is survived by his children, Jeanie (Mac) Butler of Portland and Dwight (Fran) Anderson of Markham, Va.; brother, Don Anderson of Kiel, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to his caregiver for many years, Chyanna Shaughnessy.
A Funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at Mt. Scott Funeral Home, followed by military honors and burial at 1:30 p.m., in Willamette National Cemetery.
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