Lives Lived: Erick Anderson |

Lives Lived: Erick Anderson

Erick “Andy” Edwin Anderson died Feb. 22 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, in Grass Valley. He was 92.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Chapel of the Angels Mortuary, 250 Race St., Grass Valley.

He was born in Traer, Kans., on March 19, 1917, to Fred and Minnie (Kronberger) Anderson. He grew up in Curtis, Neb., where he played basketball and tennis during high school.

Mr. Anderson worked in the family grocery store and had his own trucking business. In 1938, he moved to McAllen, Texas, and worked for the International Boundary Commission before volunteering for the U.S. Navy in 1942.

He served in the 31st Battalion of the Sea Bees attached to the Fifth Marine Division. He was present for the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima.

He arrived in Nagasaki, Japan, just after the second atomic bomb, and he also was promoted to motor machinist mate first class. He narrowly escaped a bullet whizzing by his head and was grateful that God spared him.

After his discharge, Mr. Anderson earned a degree in civil service engineering from Chicago Technical College.

On Aug. 22, 1947 he married Clarice Bertha Rice in Chicago, by his brother-in-law, the Rev. Harold Schlicker.

Mr. Anderson worked as a civil service engineer in numerous U.S. Air Force bases in Texas, Nebraska and California. While working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he helped build the Dalles Dam in Oregon and Oroville Dam in California.

He moved to Grass Valley in 1959 and retired from the civil service in 1963. Later, he was self-employed as a general contractor.

Mr. Anderson was an expert marksman and he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He taught his children and grandchildren how to operate a backhoe.

He continually thanked God for his family and his home. When he was able, he regularly attended church. He was always available with a smile and a joke and knowing what to say to make a person feel special.

Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife of 62 years, Clarice; children, Ellen (Norm) Worthington, Julie (Stephen) Kerr, and Brad Anderson; grandchildren, Emily, Andrew, Jeffrey and David Worthington, and Scheleen, Jason and Amber Kerr; and sister, Esther Ford of Longview, Texas.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Beverly; his parents; and sisters, Beata, Eileen Schroeder and Laura Favre.

Arrangements are by Chapel of the Angels Mortuary and Crematory.

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