Alfred "Spud" Lyle Anderson
May 22, 1942 – April 10, 2021
Alfred Lyle "Spud" Anderson, 78 of Mossyrock, passed away at home Saturday April 10, 2021. Spud, as he was known by everyone, was born May 22, 1942 in Chehalis, Washington to Red and Lorna Anderson.
He was raised and lived in the Mossyrock area his whole life, attending Mossyrock school's and graduating in 1961. He met Caroline Pilkenton in 1961 and they later married April 13, 1963. They had two children, Allison and Richard. He retired in 2005 from the family business; Andersons Berry Farm Inc.
Spud was an avid sportsman and enjoyed his hunting trips with family and friends. He was active in many community organizations. He was a past member of the Mossyrock Volunteer Fire Department, a current member of Mossyrock Grange #355, and the Mossyrock Historical Society. He was a Past Master of the Robert Morris Masonic Lodge #97 F&AM of Silver Creek, Washington. A member of the Afifi Shriners Fraternal Organization, and a lifetime member of the NRA.
Spud is survived by his wife Caroline of 58 years, his daughter Allison and his son Richard (partner Lisa), grandchildren Kelsi, Kayla, Hunter (Jaycie), Phillip, and eight great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents' Red and Lorna Anderson and sister Jenelle Dunn.
Spud will be dearly messed by family and friends. He enjoyed meeting new people and visiting all.
A graveside service will be held at Doss Cemetery on Saturday April 24, 2021 at 11:30 A.M. Reception to follow at the Robert Morris Masonic Lodge in Silver Creek, Washington.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, www.st.jude.org.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Alfred "Spud" Lyle Anderson
April 25, 2021
My sincere condolences to you and your family.
I am so sad to here of Spud's passing. I so enjoyed our visits in Yuma and looked forward seeing you two each coming winter.
Shari Lynn Maclay
April 24, 2021
My sincere condolences to Caroline and family. So very sorry for your loss.
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Alfred Lyle Anderson who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Alfred was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Alfred knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.
His parents were Red and Lorna Anderson. Alfred was raised in Mossyrock Washington. Even as a youngster, Alfred learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.
As a young boy, Alfred was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Alfred was raised with one sister. He had one younger sister, Jenelle. Alfred had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Alfred, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.
Alfred's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Alfred enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Alfred took part in football and track. In his spare time he liked fishing and hunting.
In school, Alfred was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Alfred was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Alfred’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from Mossyrock High School in 1961. His favorite class in high school was shop.
Alfred was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Alfred was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Alfred came to expect his high standards of performance. He became life long friends with Butch Seuter, John Sears, and Doug Elsner.
An objective and conscientious individual, Alfred reveled in the security of his family. On May 13, 1963 Alfred exchanged wedding vows with Caroline Joann Pilkenton at the Mossyrock Community Church of Mossyrock Washington. One of Alfred’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.
Alfred was blessed with two children, one son, Richard, and one daughter, Allison. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Kelsi, Kayla, Hunter, and Phillip.
Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Alfred was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Alfred was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Alfred upheld his standards. His primary occupation was a self employed blueberry farmer.
Being generous with his time and energy, Alfred liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. Throughout his later years, Alfred was an active member of the Mossyrock Fire Department, Robert Morris Lodge 97, and the Mossyrock Grange 355.
When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Alfred used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Alfred had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included road trips though Canada and Alaska.
Alfred was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Alfred’s favorites was Luther a cat. They were best friends for 17 years. His family was rounded out by his dog Homer.
When Alfred’s retirement finally arrived in 2005, he was well prepared. In retirement, he found new pleasure in golfing, hunting, and traveling. In many ways, Alfred loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.
Alfred passed away on April 10, 2021 at at home. He fought a brave battle against cancer. He is survived by his wife Caroline, and his two children Ric and Allison. Alfred was laid to rest in Doss Cemetery.
All who knew him would agree that Alfred was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Alfred Lyle Anderson did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.