Lee Earl Anderson

May 8, 1934May 27, 2012

Anderson, Lt. Colonel Lee Earl Lt. Colonel Lee Earl Anderson has gone to be with his Lord. He passed at the Prescott VA Center and is survived by his wife of more than 56 years, Dorothy Anderson, his two sons Eric and Mathew Anderson and his daughter Dianna McCoy, his grandson Riley and granddaughter Taylor. Colonel Anderson volunteered in 1954 to serve his country. He worked at the Pentagon with the Joint Chief of Staff after the close of the Vietnam War, which he served in. After receiving 3 Bronze Stars and 2 Air Medals, he retired after 20 years to his home in the state of Arizona, where Lee's family has resided for more than seven generations. While still serving his country, Lee Anderson started Anderson's Indian and Western Art Gallery. Lee was an arts dealer for more than 50 years. His family continues his gallery. Lee Anderson has been associated with great artists from The Sloan Family, Carl & Irene Clark, Bob Lansing, Loretta Newman, Raymond Judge, Bill & Kay Foutz, and Gene Waddell. He will be missed by all. He will be buried in Phoenix in a private ceremony followed by a wake at the family home of 40 years in Flagstaff. The Family would like to thank the VA Hospital in Prescott, for all the love & care he received. Arrangements entrusted to West Resthaven Funeral Home. In lieu of cards & flowers, please make a donation to the VA Hospice in Prescott or the Arizona Humane Society.


  • Graveside Service Monday, June 4, 2012

Lee Earl Anderson

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Jerry Kerr

August 22, 2013

I had known Lee since the early 1990s as the show passed through the Baltimore/Washington area. I was sad when Arvid passed, and sadder still now. Lee was an outstanding man and true gentleman, extremely knowledgeable, eminently fair, understanding and compassionate in his way. I know he is missed by more than me.

Andrew Kerr

February 16, 2013

I was very sad to see that Lee had passed. He was a friend to our family for too many years to count. He and my Father Jim Kerr spent so many years and great times together throughout their lives. I was lucky to have known Lee as a child and adult and always appreciated him. He will be missed as you all know.

Carlos Begay

December 13, 2012

I was very saddened to read of Lees passing, Lee was a friend to my family and exposed my art through his shows. My thoughts to his family. He will be surely missed in the Art world.

Carolyn Frear-Hackler

November 13, 2012

I am saddened to hear of the new about Lee Anderson. I remember him well along with the rest of the crew. My Mother and Father (Joan and Dick Frear) started going to the Americana Shows in Golden, Co. back when I was about 13yrs old. Every year, couple of times per year we ventured out to the shows. I have very fond memories going to these shows and really believe this is how I learned to appreciate the wonderful artwork of the Native Americans. Since then, my folks have passed away however, they had such a large collection of artwork and sculptures, my brother and I had the privilage of having these in our homes now. Thoughts and prayers for the family of Lee Anderson.

Larrai Wullbrandt

November 12, 2012

I was saddened to learn of Lee's passing. It seems that I have known Lee and his family for as long as I can remember. I learned so much about American Indian arts from him and I credit my deep appreciation of the arts and culture to the time I got to spend with them all. Although I haven't seen Lee in years, I will miss him.

Valya Telep Karcher

October 29, 2012

Happy Trails to you, Lee...until we meet again.

Larry Wullbrandt

October 23, 2012

I am deeply saddened to learn of Lee's passing. He was a great friend and mentor. I first met Lee and Arvid in 1975 at a show in Colorado Springs. That first meeting whetted my appreciation of native American art but more importantly that chance encounter began a friendship that continued over 35 years. I was pleased when Lee asked me to work the Denver shows, which I did for several years. I never tired of listening to him speak to customers about the various items for sale but also about the native American culture and the southwest. I was always in awe of his generosity, kindness and sincerity. He was truly a gentle man. I was blessed to know Lee and the Anderson family. Gods speed my friend.

Thomas Paxton

October 1, 2012

Eric & tamara,

Didn't realize you dad has passed away. Have heard many wonderful things about him. My sympathy to you and the rest of your family.
Hope to see you soon,

Uncle Ed Paxton

Ray and Barb Kuntz

September 27, 2012

We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Lee in May. Our memories of Lee and the show staff will never be forgotten. I was born the same year as Lee and we became such close friends and clients that he went overboard to give us the best value he could in all our purchases over the many years. He visited our home when the show stopped in York several years ago and we had a wonder few hours together. Again, our hearts are saddened over our loss and he will be missed by all of our family.

September 24, 2012

I was saddened to hear of Lee's passing. I enjoyed his company when His show visited Fort Washington EXPO ctr. outside Philadelphia. Lee was the real Mc Coy. He was genuine. He showed such interest in other people and made time to talk to anyone about any subject for someone who was always extremely busy. I remember attending a Diamond Back's, Phillies' baseball game with Lee. We all had a memorable time
Mike Shannon Flourtown, PA