George William Anderson, a longtime resident of the Colville area, passed away on January 4, 2013 in Seattle at the age of 82. George was born in Colville on June 14, 1930, the son of Thomas Troy and Minnie Marie (Choate) Anderson.
He attended school in Marcus and then began working with his father to support their family at their Deer Creek sawmill. On Jan. 8, 1953, George enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in December 1954. He returned to Northeast Washington and worked as a tree faller for Alan ForÂ¬gey Logging.
On Feb. 5, 1955, George married Betty Marie Engle in SpanÂ¬gle. They made their home in Valley, where they began a family. George also worked a short time at the mine in Metaline Falls.
He and Betty moved their family to Spokane in 1958. George completed a diesel mechanic course at what became Spokane Community College and began turning the wrench for Bower Machinery, which later became Western States. He was a field service mechanic for western Montana, northern Idaho and northeast Washington for a number of years before moving his family home to Colville in 1971.
After focusing his field service work for another 13 years in the Colville area, George went to work exclusively for Vaagen Bros. Lumber Company. He finished his career supervising their shop.
Betty preceded George in death on Nov. 17, 1987. They had two children
George was later introduced to Shirley Cory and their friendship led to marriage on July 2, 1989. He soon became âPopâ to six daughters and their families. He retired from Vaagen Bros. Lumber at the age of 62 in 1992. George then began working on his golf swing, bowling handicap and fixing whatever was in need around the house, including the variety of vehicles that were dropped by the house to be repaired.
George enjoyed summers filled with weekends boating and camping, most often at Deer Lake and the Columbia River. He took golf seriously and when he wasnât golfing at the Dominion Meadows Golf Course, he was turning the wrench as a volunteer mechanic on the golf carts at the course.
He had the ability to remember names and turned each new name into a friendship. George took great ownership in all that he did and was a steadfast presence for his family, always offering his unconditional love and when requestedâ¦his guidance.
George was a member of the Elks Lodge, The Wanderers, Eagles Lodge, and the Knights of Pythias.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty, on Nov. 17, 1987; two brothers, five sisters and a grandson, Andy Puett.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Anderson, Colville; son, Bob Anderson and wife, Kelly, Liberty Lake; daughter, Sue Poe and husband, John, Colville; step-daughters, Denise Rogers and husband, Bill, Evans; Debbie Marsh, Colville; Dana Cory, Spokane; Darcy Puett and husband, Rod, Colville; Diane Stanford and husband, Larry, Evans; and Darla Nez, Colville; brother, Archie Anderson and wife, Marie, Colville; sisters, Shirley Huson, Moses Lake; Mary Kay Furman and husband, Jack, Slate Hill, NY; 24 grandchildren; 25-great- grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass for Mr. George Anderson was held Jan., 11 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Colville.
An urn interment will be held in June of 2013 at the Fairmount Memorial Park Cemetery in Spokane.
Memorial contributions may be given to either the House of Charity or the American Heart Association.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory was entrusted wit the arrangements.