OBITUARY

Col. George R. Anderson

May 3, 1922April 20, 2014
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Col. George R. Anderson

BOSSIER CITY, LA - George Robert Anderson (USAF Col., ret.) was born May 3, 1922 in St. Charles, IL to Robert Beith and Fannie Sharp Anderson. Straight from high school he enlisted in the US Army for the Air Corps in September 1940 and completed flying school in 1943. As aircraft commander with the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, the Jolly Rogers he flew 54 B-24 combat missions in the Southwest Pacific Area and the Philippines during WWII. Loyalty and service to country led to enlistment into the US Air Force. From 1946 through 1953 George was assigned to HQ Strategic Air Command in Omaha, NE. Through the later 1950s he attended KC-135 flight school at Castle Air Force Base preparing him for his next assignment of converting the refueling fleet from KC-97s to KC-135s at Bunker Hill AFB, IN. During the 1950's, his duties included piloting both B-47 and B-52 aircraft, working as chief of maintenance, as bombardment squadron commander, as well as completing a B.S. Degree in Business. George was chosen to attend the Industrial War College in Fort Meyer, VA in 1964, graduating published in the summer of 1965 with an M.S. Degree in Business Administration. He was then transferred to Tinker AFB, OK taking the new position of Weapons System Manager at the Air Logistic Center. After three years, his last assignment took him to Kadena Air Force Base on the island of Okinawa at the height of the Vietnam War. Supporting flying missions during the Arc Light missions he occasionally piloted an aircraft to maintain his flight status, turning control of the aircraft to the crew before the drop zone. In the summer of 1969 he decided it was time to call it quits. He and his wife, Alice retired and returned to Midwest City, OK where he took a couple of teaching positions in the Mid-Del School District, and teaching at Oscar Rose Junior college. George and Alice retired to a small acreage in Lufkin, TX, where he enjoyed being a gentleman farmer. They joined the local country club and spent their time golfing, raising cattle and round dancing. They greatly enjoyed their motor home and traveled extensively, visiting family and friends. George was dedicated to his country as is obvious by his participation in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam Wars. In later life he became more intensely involved with family and friends, to everyone's pleasure. He was extremely well read, consuming books covering a broad variety of subjects. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Harold Anderson, and sisters Marion (Dub) Capps and Grace (Vern) Kozak. George is survived by his devoted wife of 71 years, Alice; three sons, Ken, and wife Pam of Bossier City, LA; David, and wife Martha of Oklahoma City, OK and Rob of Washougal, WA; eight grandchildren and soon-to-be four great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel with his grandson, Pastor Christian Anderson, officiating. The family will be receiving friends at 1:00 p.m. the hour prior to service. Inurnment at Hill Crest Memorial Park will be held at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family and the guestbook may be signed at www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 23, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Sally Knox

May 1, 2014

Although our families paths never crossed, there is an eternal bond through your husband and our dads. My dad, Charles "Chuck" E. Rolph, was a 90 Bomb Wg (H) Jolly Rogers, Radar Navigator, assigned to the 321st Bomb Sq. I can tell from your husband's/dad's jacket that he flew with the 320th Bomb Sq. Such a small world. Bet they are enjoying one heck of a Jolly Rogers reunion in Heaven.

Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 29, 2014

I always looked forward to my grandfather's stories when I was younger. He lead an amazing life and I only hope I can live up to his example.

Bill Garms

April 28, 2014

Served under Col. Anderson in 1968-69. So honored to have known him.

For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud

April 23, 2014

The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to George Robert Anderson our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for George. And to George it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during WW-II while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps and during the Korean and Vietnam Wars while serving in the U.S. Air Force. George, we commend you for your honorable service. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to George's family and loved ones.

Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

James Mazariz, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101

April 23, 2014

A Great Father lead the way for great Men to follow. God bless you all.


David Crawford

Mike & Toni Ryan

April 23, 2014

What a beautiful story of a productive and obviously well-loved man. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Pat Norris

April 23, 2014

An amazingly accomplished man who will be missed. I feel honored to have known him. My sincere condolences.

Cindy Chandler

April 23, 2014

Ken, I am so very sorry to hear about your dad. I had never met him but after reading of his accomplishments, I wish I would have. Bless you all and know so many of your friends are praying for y'all. Love , C

Ron Berget

April 23, 2014

To Alice Ken, Dave, and Rob,
Hearing of George's passing brought back lots of memories. Your visits to our farm were always a highlight of our summer. Alice - you and George being at my graduation from seminary meant a great deal to me, thank you for that. BTW I have voted Republican most of my life - maybe George had something to do with that as well... I remember those spirited discussions with Grandpa Fylling.
May you find God's peace and hope as you grieve.

FROM THE FAMILY