Leslie Aanderud

Born August 15, 1947

Les Aanderud 64, who passed away peacefully in his home in Riverside CA. on Saturday, was an accomplished inventor, engineer, instructor, beloved husband, father -”Teddy Bear in Boots”, friend, and lifelong musician. Les was a simple, honest, passionate man who lived his life on his terms, caring for his family and helping others.

Born to parents Peter Aanderud and Gladys (Aanderud) Dix, in Minot ND, Les was the youngest of three children. Les attended Velva High School, where he and three friends first formed the band “The Tracers”. Upon Graduation in 1965, The Tracers with Les as their lead singer began touring the Mid-west from North Dakota to Texas. In 1966, in association with his friend, Song writer/producer Ray Ruff of Sully Records and Checkmate productions, The Tracers cut their #1 single “She said yeah”, which dethroned the Beatles and kept them off the top seat in the Texas charts for sixteen weeks. From 1965 to 1971, the tracers played with several music legends, such as “The Mama’s and Papa’s, The Turtles, and shared a double billing with The Beatles. Les attended college in Ft. Worth Texas with a Major in Music. During a short Marriage to Paula Raife in the late 60’s Les was graced with his first born daughter Michelle (Aanderud) Biddison of Big Spring TX.

In 1969, Les met Ethel Austin in Velva ND. They married in March of 1970.

After leaving the tracers in 1971, Les began his professional career working for Locheed/Martin in Minot ND and Sun manufacturing in Newburg ND. In1972, Les and Ethel created the band Les and the Country Rock shop, which produced one album “Simple Lovin Man”. After moving to Fullerton CA in 1979, Les and the Country Rock Shop became a family operated enterprise incorporating their children as band members, stage managers, sound engineers and video production operators. Les began his Career with Hughes/GM/Raytheon in 1979 where his innovation and inventions earned him a position as Senior Field Engineer/Technician for Defense systems worldwide. During his tenure with Hughes, Les traveled to multiple locations in the continental United States and Instillations across the globe in Norway, Turkey, Holland, and Greece, Instructing, designing and repairing facilities vital to National Defense. Most notably repairing systems utilized in Iraq and Afghanistan vital to the security and defense of US Armed Forces serving there. Les Retired from Hughes in 2009, leaving a lasting legacy of his dedication and professionalism that will not be forgoten. After retiring, Les renewed a lifelong love in his hobby of restoring Classic automobiles. Les and Ethel celebrated “Forty Two years of ecstatically happy marriage on March 11th of this year.

Les is survived by his wife Ethel M Aanderud; Sons; Kelly Jenson (Longview WA), Shane Aanderud (Riverside CA), and Travis Aanderud (Riverside CA), Daughters; Michelle Biddison (Martin Biddison-Big Spring TX), Cheryl Mulligan-Jenson (Longview WA), Shan Miller (Steve Miller-Norco CA), Dawn Aanderud-Cosby (Shawn Cosby- Barstow CA). He also leaves behind Twenty Grand-Children, One Great Grand-Child, cousins and a host of friends, colleagues, and students who played very important roles in his life. His family has organized an outdoor Funeral/Memorial service of his life at 1pm Friday, April 6th at Crestlawn Cemetery in Riverside CA. There will be no formal reception following the service however friends and family are welcome to visit at the family home.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, April 6, 2012


Leslie Aanderud

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sky lock

April 27, 2013

ur still in my mind and heart dear Les,,and Ethel u also,, Love and Light

Shan "Aanderud" Miller

May 16, 2012

I can't help but continue to cry for my own personal greedy reasons....I am however glad to know you are no longer suffering or in any pain more struggling to catch your breath.....thank you for being my dad and a good one at that. Thank you for all your sacrifices to make my life better....thank you for all of the times we spent talking and that you were always there for me. I truely love and miss you sooo me a seat truely are a simple loving man.

Sharon (Wadman)Forsman

April 14, 2012

Am so sorry to hear about your loss, Ethel. Have been thinking of you both this last month....funny how that goes.

Am on face book if you want to invite me. Have been trying to look up your phone number so I could call you but so far no luck ;, (

April 6, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. It was nice meeting and enjoying your friendship here in Indiana. We will not forget you.

George and Gloria Burris

Sky Lock

April 6, 2012

will never forget u my dear friend, remember the times we all shared
Loe and Light

Floyd & Brenda Kolobakken

April 5, 2012

Les I will allways remember the good times that we shared,You had a special something that made people feel good,God Bless You and Your wonderful Family.We all were very proud and happy to know You ,So Long Good and wonderful Friend and God Speed

Jennifer Mason-Bryant

April 4, 2012

Forever in our hearts.

Jennifer Mason-Bryant

April 4, 2012

I'm so sorry. He will live on in our memories and in our hearts.

Ray Towery

April 3, 2012

It was a pleasure knowing you, for the short time that I did, I will miss you!

christina glidden

April 3, 2012

I'm so sorry for your familys loss.