In memory of
Duane Irving Anderson
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In memory of
Duane Irving Anderson
Anderson, Duane Irving 86 Mar. 17, 1930 Sept. 23, 2016 Duane was born in Seattle, the older son of a first generation Norwegian-American family - born to be a Viking who eventually became a world traveler, exploring 22 countries with many more on his horizon. After finishing high school in Seattle, he hitch-hiked to Bellingham, Wash. to begin his higher education at Western Washington University, eventually earning his bachelor degree from Western's College of Education and going on to earn his Doctor of Education in Audiology and Speech Pathology from the University of Oregon. His career spanned more than six decades, and he was still working and operating his business at the time of his death. As with most things, he defined "retirement" his way. In his early career he was the founding director of the Eugene Hearing and Speech Center. He then worked for the Washington and Oregon state health departments, managing statewide hearing programs for children and serving as executive secretary for the Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology. After 30 years of working in the public sector, he formed his company, Hearing Conservation Services, where he provided a variety of services for those with hearing impairments. He especially enjoyed the challenge of mastering the latest technology to better serve his clients. An important part of his personal and professional life was spent in Tillamook County, where he owned a home in Manzanita for nearly 50 years, and served for more than 25 years on the Tillamook County General Hospital staff. Duane's extensive professional contributions were recognized in many ways, most recently receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Western Washington University and the Outstanding Service Award from the Oregon Academy of Audiology. Duane spent untold hours volunteering for the causes he believed in - lobbying for the Oregon Speech and Hearing Association in support of consumer protection legislation; serving on the Western Washington University Alumni Association Board; traveling to Poland to build homes for Habitat for Humanity; participating in AARP Oregon campaigns to inform and protect seniors; spearheading property improvement projects at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Duane enjoyed his life immensely - flying his single engine Cessna in the early years; downhill skiing and taking grandchildren to Timberline to ski in the "Bruno Club"; playing golf and poker with his friends; boating in his beloved San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands. He was always exploring new things - most recently he developed an avid interest in biking and barging in Europe, having completed three trips, with another planned for next year. He loved getting together with family and friends for a Happy Hour dinner and always had a sharp curiosity about the adventures of others and the happenings of the world. He is survived by a large and loving family - his wife of 39 years, Dana; three sons, Scott, Keith and Eric; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother. The family wishes to extend our heartfelt gratitude to those in the Portland Police Bureau and Tillamook County Sheriff's Department for their kind and caring competence in helping to bring Duane home. A Memorial Service to celebrate Duane's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock, Portland. Memorial donations in Duane's honor may be given to the Western Washington University Alumni Scholarship Fund, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
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