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William Warren Anderson

Published on Wed, Dec 1, 2010
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William Warren Anderson
April 9, 1931 – November 25, 2010
 
William Warren “Bill” Anderson of Longview entered into peace November 25, 2010 at Hospice Care Center, Longview, Washington after a brief stay in Saint John’s Hospital.
   Born in Blaine, Washington, April 9, 1931 to Adolph William and Sigridur Gudfinna (Finnson) Anderson, he attended Blaine Schools graduating from Blaine High School in 1949. Bill was a star athlete and letterman through his high school years. He was ASB president in his senior year, enjoyed singing in the high school operettas and an F.F.A. leader. Growing up on B Johnson Road family farm, Bill spent many hours milking cows, cutting and baling hay, and performing chores with the family. Various summers were working in the Lynden berry fields and the Birch Bay Amusement Park.
   Upon graduation he and several classmates joined the navy,
becoming a Veteran of the Korean War. Returning to the area in 1954, Bill attended Western Washington State College and Washington State College. He worked at Mobil Oil Company in Ferndale 1957-62.
   Through the years Bill was a great outdoorsman; enjoying clam digging, deer, duck and pheasant hunting in Whatcom County, catching steelhead on the Kalama River, as well as hunting deer,
elk and moose in Washington state and Canada. Mushroom picking in the springtime and clam digging at Birch Bay and Long Beach were high priorities. He was a member of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks for over 50 years, Veteran of Foreign Wars, American Legion and helped form the Kalama Gun Club in 1962.
   Preceded in death by his parents, nephew Eric Gebhardt and long time companion, Dixie Luff of Longview. Survivors include sons Cory Linné Anderson, wife Colleen, and granddaughter Chandler in Winlock, Washington; Boyd McKinley Anderson, wife Tricia and grandson Isak of Beaverton, Oregon. Also surviving are five sisters; Arlene Anderson, Joan Gebhardt, twins Audrey (Jim Block) and Bev (Ken Forbes) and Judy (Gary Dunster), former wife Genée (Bruce Kay), numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended families.
   A Celebration of Life was held Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at the Kelso-Longview Elks, Kelso, Washington. Cremation arrangements by Columbia Funeral Service, Longview. Internment at Tahoma National Cemetery April 9, 2011. Remembrances may be made to Community Hospice, POB 2067, Longview, WA 98632, or charity of your choice.