Philip J. "Andy" Anderson

January 21, 1953November 6, 2012

Philip Joel “Andy” Anderson was born to Eugene and Doris Anderson in Coronado, CA on January 21, 1953.

He was raised in San Diego and lived here most of his life. Growing up, he was active in scouting, little league, and church activities.

After graduating from high school and attending college, Philip enjoyed traveling across the United States and Europe. He was passionate about politics, the environment, animal rights, numerous social causes, and solving crossword puzzles and was an enthusiastic Chargers and Padres fan!

Philip was employed as a carpenter for various contractors and later became employed by the San Diego Unified Port District. He retired from the Port District in 2011 after 18 years of service.

He had been an active member of Lemon Grove Lutheran Church for 50 years, serving as a Sunday school teacher, usher, and other positions.

Philip was a very caring and devoted father, brother, uncle, and friend and proud grandpa to his newborn granddaughter, Caliana. He will forever be remembered for his generosity, his kind heart, and his “punny” sense of humor.

He passed away suddenly on November 6, 2012 at the age of 59 at Sharp Grossmont Hospital surrounded by his family.

Philip is survived by his daughter Sarah (Pablo) Baxter, granddaughter Caliana Baxter, sister Marlys (Rick) Smith, nephew Daniel Smith, niece Melinda Smith, stepdaughters Diane LaChusa and Danielle LaChusa, as well as many close and lifelong friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 12pm at Lemon Grove Lutheran Church, 2055 Skyline Drive, Lemon Grove, CA 91945.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 17, 2012

Philip J. "Andy" Anderson

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Harry and Kathy Bihler

November 17, 2012

We knew you as a teenager and then as a young man when you lived in San Francisco. We had many adventures and always loved it when you were on our team when playing basketball. You were gentle, funny, and smart. Rest in peace. Kathy and Harry Bihler ( Coeur d'Alene, Idaho)

Terri (Peckenpaugh) Raab

November 17, 2012

Philip - I never got used to calling him Andy - was a classmate and a friend from my early years. We stayed in touch, and time and distance never seemed to change our friendship. He visited me while I was living in Spain - what a nice time that was - and through the years when I would visit San Diego I always looked forward to seeing him again. What a sweet, intelligent, caring man - someone I feel privileged to have called friend. My heart goes out to his family, and all of us who loved him, and trusts that his passing is only a temporary separation from one gone on before.

November 16, 2012

Condolences to the family. We knew him as one of the great intellects of our era. He will be missed.
Dave Jackson

Helen Romanelli

November 11, 2012

To Phillip--I remember how disgusted you used to get with Marlys, Lori and I--our giggling and carrying-on during overnights at your parents' house. You and Marlys used to get in some pretty good insults with one another, I seem to remember. Made me laugh. I know your family is missing you more than they can possibly say. I'm so glad you got to see your new granddaughter, if only for a short time.

Jan Dame

November 11, 2012

To Philip - I will always remember your great sense of humor and laugh and your devotion to your family. You will be greatly missed.

Marlys Smith

November 10, 2012

Rest in peace, my brother, my friend.
Until we meet again, united with Mom,
Dad, and Jon.

I will always love you and miss you!!


Lori Borchers

November 10, 2012

To Philip - a wonderful loving man who has gone way too early. I'll always remember with a smile how Marlys and I would always bug you and irritate you as only an older brother irritated could get. I will always look after your little sister for you. Bless you in heaven - Lori

Melinda Smith

November 10, 2012

Uncle Andy,

You willl always be in our hearts.
We love and treasure you,
Melinda and Daniel

Marlys Smith

November 10, 2012

To our wonderful, generous, passionate brother and uncle.
We miss you already more than words can adequately express.

All of love forever,
Sis, Rick, Danny and Melinda