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Obituary for Evert Ralph “Andy” Anderson
April 30, 1925 – September 7, 2022
Our Dad, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle, Brother in-Law, mentor, friend, and beloved Patriarch, Evert R. “Andy” Anderson, took his last breath on earth and his first breath in heaven on Wednesday September 7, 2022. He lived 97 years. Andy was born April 30, 1925 in Skovde, Sweden and is a first generation immigrant. He had his third birthday aboard the ship the Gripsholm, arriving in New York by way of Ellis Island.
The family moved to Moline, IL where he was raised. He graduated from Moline High School in 1942 and then enlisted in the United States Navy where he was honorably discharged. He went on to study at Bradley University, Peoria, IL where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration. He was hired as a factory sales representative with Wear Ever Aluminum – Alcoa. He sold cookware and cutlery door to door in the Pacific Northwest before he was transferred to Northern California where he met his wife to be, Patricia, at the Wear-Ever offices in Emeryville, CA. Andy married the love of his life, on November 23, 1952, and together they had two sons and a daughter. They were married for 59 years
After completing a successful career in commercial and domestic sales, retirement didn’t come easy. Another chapter, and second career was being written as he started working with rental properties. He enjoyed the challenges and rewards of that field.
Andy was affiliated with and supported many charities, ministries and civic organizations that aligned with his faith and values. Some that were close to his heart were: the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship and Business Men’s Fellowship, Convoy of Hope, Gideons International, Children Rescue Mission and Homeless Rescue Services and the Richmond Rescue Mission. He loved his church family and served in many areas including SilverLiners, Young at Heart, men's ministries, ushering and Deacon Board. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and VASA Order of America.
Andy and his wife Pat loved exploring and travelling the world by land, air, and sea. Flying to Sweden to visit relatives was a blessing for him to reconnect with his Swedish heritage. Their last cruise together was through the Panama Canal. As long as he was with the love of his life, his world was complete.
Andy is preceded in death by his loving wife Patricia M. Anderson, his parents, Oscar John and Augusta Sophia Anderson, and his brother Ben Anderson.
His memory lives on through his three children, Gregory N. Anderson (Karen), Jeffrey A. Anderson (Mary), and Denise L. Bernardy (Danny). Nine grandchildren: Shane Anderson, Staci Anderson, Joseph Anderson (Emily), Nicole Anderson, Annie-Laurie Agnew (Andrew), Audrey Nordine (Casey), Anika Anderson, Samantha Morales (Omar) and Kayla Bernardy. Eight great grandchildren: Zayden Anderson, Izabella Anderson, Jordan Alfred, Tyler Alfred, Charlotte Anderson, Hadley Agnew, Mollie Agnew, Wilder Nordine. Sister-in-law Cathie Anderson. Nephews John Anderson, Lee Tompkins, Ron Tompkins, and two nieces Melinda Williamson (Mike) and Linda Leaf (Robert), two great nieces Anika Martin (Greg), Rebecca Pena (Uli), and great nephew Matthew Williamson.
Special thanks to the caregivers and healthcare professionals during his final weeks: caregiver Maria Balderas, nursing staff and team at the Manor Care Tice Valley, the remarkable owner and staff at the Cherish Care Home. We will never forget the compassion and dedication you showed to our loved one.
Special thanks to the host of Andy’s friends with whom he shared his faith, his life, and his adventures with. Our family is enriched by the history we share and the memories made. We will forever be grateful. Andy loved God and his family, and he loved people! He will be deeply missed.
2 Corinthians 5:8 (ESV) Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
Visitation and viewing will be Saturday September 24th at 10:00 am followed by a Memorial and Celebration of Life service at Hilltop Community Church, 3118 Shane Dr., Richmond, CA at 10:30 a.m. A luncheon and fellowship will follow the service. There will be a private family committal at Rolling Hills Memorial Park. Officiating will be the Rev. Jim Heden, Pastor, Hilltop Community Church, and the Rev. Jeff Anderson (Andy’s son).