OBITUARY

Karl "Kif" Franklin Anderson II

April 16, 1961October 25, 2012
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Anderson, Karl Franklin II ("Kif") of Bellflower, California, passed away on October 25, 2012 in Downey, California. Kif was born on April 16, 1961 in Manhattan, Kansas to Karl and Sharyl Anderson. They moved to the Antelope Valley in 1964. An Eagle Scout, Kif graduated from Antelope Valley High School in 1979. He married Patricia Lechuga in 1995. He worked for Boeing Space and Defense for 30 years.

Kif headlined his first magic show at age 11. From the early days of learning from library books to becoming a devouring student and teacher of the art, Kif was a creative master-mind of illusion. But it was more than that, Kif was a master storyteller, presenter, speaker and teacher. He had a gift of mentoring and it showed as he taught so many how to better their presentations. Kif performed and taught at the Magic Castle in Hollywood California. After becoming a born again Christian, he devoted his talents to sharing the Gospel and teaching others to do the same. He performed as "Wilde" of the duo "Oz & Wilde: FX4 Christ" presenting the Gospel through comedy, illusion and storytelling.

For two years he produced and hosted the Christian television series Kids of The Kingdom for cable television. He helped run the Pass-It On training conference in Orange County, California. Kif served as president of the Los Angeles Fellowship of Christian Magicians; vice president of Orange County Gospel Arts Studio; recording secretary of the International Fellowship of Christian Magicians (FCM). Kif created and produced the Christian Magician Pod Cast for the FCM and was the moderator for the Magic Café FCM and Good News sections on the Internet. He loved his Toastmasters Magic group he met with monthly and always looked forward to the week of fellowship and training at the annual FCM International convention.

He was also an active member of Calvary Chapel in Downey, California. He was a children's ministry volunteer, Pioneer Club teacher and active with the video ministry. Always thankful for his many blessings, Kif felt his most important ministry was his family. He was a loving husband, a proud father of two beautiful daughters, a devoted son, a loyal brother, and a special uncle to his niece and nephew.

He is survived by his parents; Patricia, his wife of 17 years; his daughter Lauren Taylor, 26 (Jonathan); his daughter, Faith Renee, 14; and his sister Michelle Goodman (David) of Tampa; his nephew Michael, 18; his niece Caroline, 12; his cousin Tammy Lee (Don) and her children Tyler and Tatiana. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, with graveside service at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary. A celebration of Life will be at Calvary Chapel Downey at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 5. In lieu of flowers, donations sent to Calvary Chapel Downey, 12808 Woodruff Avenue, Downey, CA 90242 would be appreciated - please indicate Children's Ministries/Kif Anderson in the memo field.

Kif will always be remembered as a family man, magician, entertainer, mentor, teacher, encourager and evangelist who used his gifts and humor to teach and to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Kif will be greatly missed by the countless people whose lives were touched by Kif in his service to his Lord and Savior.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, November 1, 2012
  • Graveside Service Friday, November 2, 2012
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Karl "Kif" Franklin Anderson II

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Ken and Nancy Heflin

November 16, 2012

We were saddened to learn of the passing of our friend Kif. We have fond memories of him. Kif was an outstanding young man of faith. As his former pastor, I was touched by the faithfulness of Kif and his father who taught Sunday School at Lancaster United Methodist Church. Kif, along with his parents and sister was always in worship every Sunday, shining with the joy of the Christian faith. He was warm, open, and reflected his great love for the Lord of Life. Kif now dances with the angels. May the good Lord bless each of his family members, and hold you all in the palm of His hand.

Reta Anderson

November 8, 2012

Because we both freely shared our faith at work and both had the same last name, Kif called me sis and I called him bro. Our girls got to know each other on Bring Your Child To Work Day and we often talked about families. Of course he talked much about his magic ministry. What a wonderful guy. He will be missed by many. God bless his family.

Linda Brummett

November 5, 2012

Kif was a wonderful friend. He will be greatly missed by our family and everyone who knew him. Fellowship of Christian Magicians has been blessed to have him in our mist. Our prayers go out to Patricia, Lauren and Faith. We love you.

November 2, 2012

Within the past year, Kif and his partner entertained Lancaster United Methodist Church members and guests at an event. I remember laughing at his jokes! I will continue to smile when I think of him and his ministry. What a blessing! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. God bless.
Addie Stokes

Julie Jae

November 1, 2012

Dear Patricia & Family:
Please accept my deepest condolensces over the loss of your husband, Kif. My prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Julie Jae

Ron and Susie Lang

November 1, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers for comfort go out to Kif's loved ones. Kif was a really special guy. We worked together in the early '90's in Downey, but we knew if we needed anything (even years later) he would be there. He was a good friend to us and he will be missed.

Doug Tait

October 31, 2012

Deepest condolences to the Anderson family. Kif will be sorely missed, even by many who never met him, but were blessed by his generosity, spirit and love of the Lord. May God give you peace, comfort and blessings in the days ahead.

October 31, 2012

My sympathies to Kif's family. Even though I never met him face to face, Kif's passing has left a pain in my heart. Kif's encouragement and willingness to share will be missed.

Mike Holbrook (Angier, NC)

Alice Rafidi

October 31, 2012

Yippee, Kif is with Jesus now!!! 'Doesn't have to do Boeing work anymore but he sure did God's work while he was abiding on earth. Kif was a blessing to all of us at Boeing. We were not only amused by him but also his very colorful cubicle filled with all kinds of goodies, collections, fun things and spiritual reminders.

Ann Tack McClure

October 30, 2012

My sincere sympathy goes out to the entire family. While working at Boeing Kif was always a joy to be around. He always made people laugh. I know he will be truly missed by all, but especially Patricia, Lauren and Faith. I will continue to remember you daily in my prayers God bless you all