July 3, 1929 – April 8, 2013
Galen F. “Andy” Anderson 1929 -2013
Galen F. Anderson passed away from a brief illness Monday April 8, 2013. He is predeceased by his wife of nearly 26 years, Alice Anderson who passed away in 1979. Andy was born to Gunnar F. and Edith Bird Anderson on July 3, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His family moved to San Francisco when he was little and he attended local schools there. He joined the Army when he was seventeen and he proudly served with the Hawaiian Armed Special Police in Honolulu, Hawaii. He always thought that was the “time of his life” and it inspired his career in police work. Dad enjoyed close to thirty years of retirement from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office where he achieved a rank of Lieutenant. He served that department with many outstanding professionals and he enjoyed a great career there. Our dad was a very funny and charismatic man. It was sometimes hard to tell when he was being serious or he was giving us a hard time. He would regale us with stories of his youth and daredevil antics that will entertain us for our lifetimes. He loved our mom and our family without question and taught us many fine lessons on respect, chivalry and “taking care of business”. He will be missed but we know that he is now with our mom “having a cocktail by the pool”. Along with my brother Mark Anderson and his wife, Brenda, my sister, Melodie and her husband, Lynn Van Erden, myself, Gay and my husband, Leo Horton and with all the grandkids, David, Kurt and Lara Anderson, Nick and Allison Horton and Gunner and Erik Van Erden , we invite you to the Graveside service being held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 11:00 am at Westwood Hills Memorial Park 2720 Cold Springs Rd. Placerville, California. In lieu of flowers and as Dad was a recent resident of Eskaton Village Memory Center, we are asking for all donations to be made in honor of him to the Eskaton Village Employee Christmas Bonus Fund, 3380 Blairs Lane, Placerville, California 95667. Friends may sign an electronic guestbook and leave condolences at www.chapelofthepinesfunerals.com
- Graveside Service Saturday, April 13, 2013
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April 16, 2013
Gay, Mark and family,
Ann-Marie and I were so sad to hear about your dad's passing. He was a really good man, and I enjoyed the times that I got to work with him when he was with the Sheriff's Department. I also remember what a great father he was to you both. He will be greatly missed.
April 14, 2013
SALLY AND I WERE SADDENED TO HEAR OF THE LOSS OF ANDY. HE WAS A TRUE CREDIT TO THE COMMUNITY AND THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE. HE WAS A RARE INDIVIDUAL NOT EASILY FOUND IN THIS DAY AND AGE.
MAY GOD HOLD HIM IN HIS ARMS FOR ETERNITY.
BILL AND SALLY ALLEN
DEMING, NEW MEXICO
April 13, 2013
So sorry to hear of Andy's passing. We worked together for a number of years at the El Dorado County Sheriff's Dept. His very funny stories involving his past experiences, including his past work history 'riding' department motorcycles in the military and Mountain View PD, will be missed. He was one of those professionals that was always impeccable in his uniforms and never failed to regale us with his funny stories, including the different styles of uniforms he wore during his police career. I always looked forward to being among Andy's friends on Friday nights after work at Denny's cocktail lounge where he had us laughing out loud. Andy will definitely be missed by those who knew him. God speed! Howard Wilson, North Carolina
April 12, 2013
Since our daughter, Juliana (DeVito) Anderson, met Kurt, some eight years ago, he has regaled her with stories of “Grandpa Andy”, which depicted his dynamic personality, creativity and great sense of humor. We loved when Juliana shared these stories with us and felt like we knew him through them. We send our deepest sympathy to all who knew and loved him. Rebecca, Frank and Danielle DeVito.
April 11, 2013
Andy was a sweetheart! Tough on the outside with a totally GOOEY Center! I will miss all your great stories. You alwyas had a smile on your face and happy to welcome others into your fold! Rest in peace my friend. - - Maria Larson
April 10, 2013
You were a wonderful man Andy!! We have so many good memories over the years of family gatherings, laughing with you, and hearing your many stories. You were loved and will be greatly missed.
Sean, Angie, Seamus, and Dylan
April 10, 2013
Andy was truly one of a kind... I love remembering his swagger, his love of a good story and the twinkle in his eye.
Our love and sympathy to all of Andy's family - Mark & Brenda, Gay & Leo, Mel & Lynn and all the grandkids,
Cheri & Jim Burmester
Christopher & Austin
April 10, 2013
You were an amazing man, Galen Anderson! Thank you for always taking my side - you were the best father-in-law EVER. Love you and miss you - Brenda
April 10, 2013
RIP to my amazing Grandpa Andy. I'm gonna miss you calling me tweetie and giving me hugs and kisses. You would always make me laugh no matter what. I love you Grandpa Andy. - Lara