OBITUARY

Oscar L. Anders Jr.

September 5, 1931September 4, 2018
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Oscar L. Anders, Jr. September 5, 1931 – September 4, 2018 Oscar L. Anders, Jr., a loving husband and father, went to be with our Lord on the morning of September 4, 2018. Oscar was born in Memphis, Missouri on September 5, 1931, the son of Oscar L. and Emma Flo (Clifton) Anders. He graduated from Downing High School in 1949. Oscar met the love of his life, Laurene Brown, at the roller skating rink and they were married in 1954 at Akron, Colorado. Oscar was a farmer, a veteran of the Korean conflict, a handyman extraordinaire, and worked road construction/heavy equipment in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming which led to his career with the Colorado Department of Transportation. He also served on the Sanitation Board of Fountain, Colorado and sold real estate for many years. Oscar was an avid fisherman and loved to hunt. He is survived by his wife, Laurene Anders; children, Michael (Barbara) Anders, Linda (Bryan) Penfold, and Carolyn Anders; grandchildren, Molly (Daniel) Uffelman, Benjamin King Anders, William Penfold, and Emily Penfold; and great-grandchildren, Cameron and Madelynne. Also surviving are nephews and nieces including Eugene (Barbara) Winn, Margie McFarland, Sharon (Randy) Johns, and Coleen Farley. Oscar was preceded in death by his parents; three half-sisters, Jewel Winn, Opal Byrn, Marjorie Vasquez, and one half-brother Wilford “Jake” Anders. All services will be held at Dove-Witt Family Mortuary, 6630 South US Highway 85/87 in Fountain, Colorado, www.Dove-Witt.com A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Fountain Valley Baptist Church, P.O. Box 237, Fountain, CO 80817.

  • FAMILY

  • Laurene Elaine Anders, Wife
  • Emma Flo Anders, Mother
  • Oscar L. Anders Sr., Father
  • Michael (Barbara) Anders, Son
  • Linda (Bryan) Penfold, Daughter
  • Carolyn Anders, Daughter
  • Molly (Daniel) Uffelman, Grandchild
  • Benjamin King Anders, Grandchild
  • William Penfold, Grandchild
  • Emily Penfold, Grandchild
  • Cameron and Madelynne, Great Grandchild

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, September 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

Oscar L. Anders Jr.

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Sher Snyder

September 21, 2018

I called him Oscar De La Renta after an expensive, wonderful perfume I love! He was a charming, good looking man but most of all Oscar had a heart of gold; he was always kind and helpful to others . I admired his principals and the true love Oscar had for Laurene and his family . The other name I had for Oscar was "trouble " and he and I would raz the heck out of each other everytime we met. He always wanted a perm and I kept telling him his hair just wouldn't handle it! Then he would give me grief about hitting my corvette in the parking lot and I'd catch up on the latest gossip of the family. What an awesome man. I appreciate the privilege of knowing such a Godly and exceptional human being. Love U Oscar❤️sher

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Biography

      Oscar L. Anders Jr. was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Oscar always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Oscar was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Oscar was born on September 5, 1931 at On the Farm in Memphie, Nissouri. His parents were Oscar L. Anders Sr. and Emma Flo (Clifton) Anders. Oscar was raised in In and around Downing, Missouri. Always able to express himself well, Oscar possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Oscar was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Oscar was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Oscar was raised with one- half brother and three half sisters. He had one half brother Wilfred "Jake", Half sisters Jewel, Opal and Marjorie. Oscar had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Oscar showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Oscar enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. He took part in basketball, softball. He was an integral and valuable worker at his mother's cafe. In his spare time he liked to play with his dog ring and ride his ponies. Oscar's memorable achievements included riding roman style on his ponies.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Oscar was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He graduated from Downing High School in 1949. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was gym. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Este Carter. Oscar proudly graduated from High School.

      When the goal of college was in sight, it became important to Oscar. Again, his direct, “down to earth” approach served him well. He was able to absorb complex concepts and had an acute sense of how things worked. He earned his Realtor and Broker licenses from Jones Realty School.

      Friends and acquaintances found Oscar an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Oscar was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of his best friends were Charles Cook, Bernie Martin & David Ingram. Later in life, he became friends with Harold Johnson, Ken Davis, Johnnie Dills, Harold Harn and Bob Followell.

      On June 20, 1954 Oscar exchanged wedding vows with Laurene Elaine Brown at the First Presbyterian Church of Akron, Colorado. Oscar was attentive to Laurene's feelings, and he charmed Laurene and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Oscar was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid himself, Oscar identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Oscar was blessed with Three, Son, Michael daughters, Linda and Carolyn. They were also blessed with Four grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, Grand children, Molly, Benjamin, William and Emily Graet Grandchildren Cameron and Madelynne.

      Oscar was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Oscar’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Oscar was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Oscar could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was Highway construction and Maintenance, he also sold real estate. He was employed for over 23 years by Colorado Department of Transportation, over 15 years at Snare Realty, 5 years at Lowdermilk construction and 5 years at Blanchard construction.

      Oscar was anArmy Veteran. Oscar was a cool thinker who could handle himself well in a crisis. He was in the 65th Ordinance Ammo APO 264. Oscar saw action for two years during the Korean Conflict then transferred stateside to Camp carson, Colorado. He achieved the rank of Private E-1. He received several awards including a Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

      Oscar enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were fishing, camping, hunting, handyman. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Because he liked to take risks, Oscar was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. In high school, Oscar played basketball, soft ball. Recreational sports included basketball, bowling, roller skating. Oscar was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were College basketball, NFL football.

      Oscar was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made him a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which he belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Oscar worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. Throughout his later years, Oscar was an active member of the Independant order of Odd Fellows.

      Oscar was a generous man who prized that same quality in others. So it’s little wonder that he was so active and giving in his community. Oscar was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the Fountain Sanitation Board. Politically, Oscar was a strong supporter of the Republican Party.

      Oscar held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a member of Fountain Valley Baptist Church for over 50 years. During that time, he was a Trustee, assisted with church maintenance.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Oscar truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included family trip through Canada, Alaskan Cruise, fishing at Saquache Park, Lake dewiss and Trinidad Lake, and camping with his family.

      Oscar was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Oscar’s favorites was Ring, his dog. They were best friends for over 12 years. His family was rounded out by his two ponies Dan and King.

      When Oscar’s retirement finally came in 1990, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. His new life involved relocating to Oscar never relocated he stayed in Fountain, CO. In retirement, he found new pleasure in helping his family, fishing, camping,hunting, boating, car repair and rentals.

      Oscar passed away on September 4, 2018 at Sunny Vista Living Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Oscar fought a brave battle aganist a brain trauma injury. He is survived by his wife, Laurene, his children, Michael, Linda and Carolyn. His grandchildren, Molly, Bemjamin, William and Emily and 2 great grandchildren Cameron and Madelynne. Services were held at Dove-Witt Family Mortuary in Fountain, CO.

      Oscar was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Oscar had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Oscar L. Anders Jr.