Richard Anderson

August 10, 1940September 11, 2010

Richard Harold Anderson

August 10, 1940- September 11, 2010

After battling cancer for nearly 12 years, this wonderful husband and father left this earth to be reunited with his parents, Harold and Irene, and sister, Lana Anderson. Dick, as he chose to be called, is with his Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. His family is comforted with this knowledge, and because he no longer must suffer with the pains of this disease. He grew up in the Chico, CA area and graduated with his Masters Degree from Chico State University. His first teaching position was at Atwater High School where he continued to teach until his retirement 38 years later. His skills in woodworking and carpentry touched the lives of many young men as they gained the knowledge and experience which provided them with lifetime skills and jobs for their futures. He also shared his expertise with the community as he taught Adult Evening School. He laughed as he remembered teaching grandparents and parents of his current students. He also taught many students “in behind the wheel drivers education”, which he found enjoyable because he was able to see much of the country side on a daily basis. It was during these drives that he located the land that was to be his home site. He built his beautiful home himself with the assistance of some of his family members. It was here that he with his wife, Kathie, raised their four wonderful children; Kord, Stacie, Derek, and Brooke. More than anything, he loved to fish, hunt and camp with his children. During their 48 years of marriage, he and Kathie were together constantly as they taught their children the value of work, around their home, and in their walnut orchard. His home was his dream, and his “Piece of Heaven”. Dick was loved and admired by all who knew him, and especially by his family who have a lifetime of memories of “Crazy Richard” and the love they feel for him that will bind them together for eternity.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 18,2010 at 10:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 5554 N. Winton Way Atwater, Ca.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 18, 2010

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Marta Coley

September 22, 2010

Sorry to hear of your loss. You will all be together forever. I remember when Dick and Kathy first moved to Atwater in a little house I think on Elm street. I remeber babysitting Cord when he was a baby. That was a long time ago. Memories of the Andersons are always good ones. Dick will be missed by many.
May God bless you all.

Diana Dreyer (Zanutto)

September 19, 2010

Mr. Anderson will always be remembered as a wonderful man who really loved his students and gave his all. I was honored to be his student woodshop secretary in 1975. He always made his secretaries a hope chest exactly to our specifications. My hope chest was at the foot of my bed which I kept my most cherished items in. He touched so many lives and made a difference, his mission was accomplished.

Colt Montgomery

September 18, 2010

Mr. Anderson was one of the greatest teachers I've ever had, the skills I learned from him over my three years of wood shop have helped me in life more then I might have realized as a young high school student and I feel lucky to have met and learned from such an amazing person. I can still hear him yell "Time to go home to mamma!" as we would walk out of six period.
Thank you Mr. Anderson for everything, you are truly one of the greats and will be missed by all...

Steve Martin

September 18, 2010

I can also say that Mr. Anderson was my favorite teacher at Atwater High School. My Sophomore, Junior and Senior years in Mr. Anderson's Wood Shop are memories I will never forget. I also attended Mr. Anderson's adult classes. What i loved about him was that if you took his class seriously he was always there for you. He would make every effort to see that you succeeded and that your project was the best it could be. I made many pieces of furniture in his shop at AHS.
Mr Anderson inspired me to pursue Industrial Arts in College. My dream was to be a HS Wood Shop teacher. My career path was altered a few years later but my love for Woodworking will last forever. I visited Mr. Anderson a few times in his class over the years and he always remembered the little things that we had shared.
I am very saddened by the loss of Mr. Richard Anderson as he was a person who played a major part in my teenage life. God Bless his family, and know that he was a "genuine" man who made such a positive impact on the lives of his students. His memory will live in my heart forever.

Liana Weskamp

September 18, 2010

I know my husband, Doug, wrote earlier but I just wanted to send my sympathies. He was a wonderful man who I know loved his family very much. When I was his woodshop teacher, he spoke of all of you everyday. He cherished you all. I so admired that. I am so sorry to hear he had suffered, but rejoice that he is free of it now. May the Lord comfort you all and fill that empty space that you all must have.


Liana Weskamp

Doug Weskamp

September 18, 2010

Mr. Anderson was fine man and my most memorable teacher. My Wife Liana and I still have the hope chest he made for her in Atwater High school in 1980 at the foot of our bed. He is in Peace.

Doug Weskamp

kelly collier

September 17, 2010

MR. ANDERSON, I am truly grateful to you for teaching me how to drive. You are a man of steel and I never got to tell you Thank you.BTW, I am an excellent driver with a perfect record. But, seriously,,, so sorry for your struggle with cancer and your families loss. You were a very nice teacher at AHS. Rest in Peace

September 17, 2010

Mr. Anderson was a favorite teacher and very respected by all the guys in woodshop. He has added a special gift to each of the lives he touched. Ed Warkentin Class of '73

September 16, 2010

I was Mr. Anderson's teacher's assistant during my senior year at Atwater High School (1979) and also his secretary for his Adult Evening classes. Mr. Anderson was one of the kindest men I had ever met. Mr. Anderson would talk with such love for his family. How we laughed also, especially with his yellow "duck" truck!! I will forever hold his memory in my heart. I'm terribly sorry for such a tremendous loss. My prayers are with all his family at this time.

Marian Ardohain (Williams)
Atwater, CA

Stratford Evans Funeral Chapel

September 14, 2010

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.