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Mt. View Mortuary & Cemetery

570 East Highland Ave, San Bernardino, CA

OBITUARY

Orlo James Anderson

June 21, 1943April 18, 2020

Orlo James Anderson, Jr., 76, a resident of San Bernardino, California, entered the house of our Lord Jesus Christ on April 18, 2020. Orlo was born on June 21, 1943 in Virginia, Minnesota to Orlo and Theresa Anderson. He married Jessie Marie (Bennett) Anderson on October 5, 1963, and was a loving and supportive husband, father, and grandfather. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. He started his career with the Hallett Minerals, Bentonite Plant in Montana as a Mine Manager. Then, he worked for Kaiser Aluminum in Brazil and finally settled in California. Orlo worked for Kaiser Steel, Eagle Mountain Mine, California (1972-1992) as a Mining Engineer and later as the Mine Manager. In 1996, he retired from Mine Reclamation Corporation (MRC) and relocated to San Bernardino, California. His love of geology continued with the Kaiser Steel family, as a field geologist consultant for the Cushenbury Mine Trust. Orlo was a life-long member of the Catholic Church at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral in San Bernardino and often acted as an usher during Sunday mass services. Orlo loved spending time with his family in California and enjoyed visiting with his extended family during the summers in Minnesota. He loved fishing and boating on his family’s property on Lake Vermilion, Minnesota. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother David Anderson, son-in-law David Ballejos, and grand-daughter Kathryn Ballejos. Orlo is survived by his wife Jessie Anderson and his four children, James Anderson Sr. (son), Colleen Ballejos (daughter), Jeffrey Anderson (son), and Carolyn Anderson (daughter); five grandchildren James Anderson Jr., Christine Anderson, Cara Ballejos, Christian Ballejos, and Nicholas Anderson; his sister Jean (Jon) Virant, his brother Thomas (Koni) Anderson, sister-in-law Rochelle Anderson and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. Rite of Christian burial services at Mt. View Cemetery are to be determined at a later date.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Courtney Meyer

May 2, 2020

My absolute favorite memories of my Uncle Andy involve warm, summer afternoons when he and my Aunt Jessie would come see us in northern Minnesota. Sitting next to him, listening to him tell stories and sharing memories about the childhoods of my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and asking him questions about our family history. I always saw him as kind of our family historian - a treasure trove of stories that I soaked up like a sponge and loved to hear. I miss him dearly and send all my love - these northern Minnesota summers won’t be the same.

Elizabeth Anderson

May 1, 2020

Uncle Andy,

I only wish I could’ve spent more time with you. Hearing your stories and endless memories. Thank you for being a leader and role model to us all.

“A limb has fallen from our family tree that says grieve not for me. Remember the best times, the laughter, the song, the good life I lived when I was strong.”

Love you, Your niece,
Elizabeth

Joe Virant

May 1, 2020

I spent a lot of time in the summer with My uncle Andy and always remember him tinkering with motors and fixing things. He was always up for conversations on a variety of topics as he was very educated and well read. My favorite memory of him was when, Andy, David, Tommy, David B, my father and my cousin Michael and I spent opener fishing at the cabin on lake vermilion. There was such a sense of togetherness that weekend with all of us there. With fishing opener coming up I’ll be thinking about him and our family a lot, as almost half of the people present that weekend are no longer with us.

Katie Pettinari

May 1, 2020

Uncle Andy was a one of a kind guy who was loved by many. He was so smart, always kept up with current events and politics, and loved to tell stories. My happiest memories were spent on Lake Vermilion listening to uncle Andy, my dad, and their siblings tell stories about their childhoods and my grandparents. After my dad passed away, summers with uncle Andy and the rest of the California family seemed more precious as the realization of life being so short became more true. I remember before Dante met uncle Andy, I told him that meeting my uncle would be the closest thing to meeting my dad. There were so many similarities in their appearance, mannerisms, and both used the same phrases like "let me tell you something", "incidentally", or "I'm talking here". It always amazed me that the brothers spent decades living apart but still managed to have so many comparisons. I will always be grateful for the time spent with uncle Andy and that Dante was able to meet him.

I wish I could have seen the homecoming uncle Andy had with his parents, brother, David B, and granddaughter Katie. I'm sure it was beautiful.

A life with love is a life well lived. Uncle Andy was very loved and will be missed always.


Jennifer Virant

May 1, 2020

The highlight of my summers has always been when my Uncle Andy, Aunt Jessie, and my cousins come to Minnesota. From the time I was young I can recall listening to countless stories told by my Uncle. Some of these stories I had heard many times, but most of them still made me laugh regardless. It was so amazing to me how knowledgeable he was on our family history and how much he cared to share and pass that knowledge down. I remember his sarcasm, funny jokes, and passion for his political ideals. One thing I specifically remember was how good I thought he smelled when I would hug him goodbye before he left to go back to California. Uncle Andy was the closest thing to a grandfather type figure I’ve ever had in my life and his strong nature but also loving and caring attitude will be so greatly missed. Our summers will never be the same without you. Love you Uncle Andy!

Jill Martinson

May 1, 2020

Uncle Andy, or as he had said, “The real Orlo Anderson,” was truly one of a kind. He was quite possibly one of the smartest people I know. He was strong in his convictions and passionate about politics and religion. Family was very important to Andy and it showed, helping his children and grandchildren whenever they needed it. He was so proud of them. It has been so nice to be able to spend so much time with Andy Jesse and the kids over the years in Minnesota. Endless family gathering, weekly picnics at the lake, dinners out for his beloved Walleye are just a few things I will miss.
Until we meet again Uncle Andy!!
Love Jill

Jean Virant

May 1, 2020

Beloved brother,
I think you have always known how much you mean to me. Over the years I remember our many happy reunions and many sad good byes. It seems there were so many. The goodbyes always stand out where you would lean over and give me a big hug. Then we would both weep. I will now continue to weep till we meet again in eternity. I’ll miss our daily text messages and many conversations, cups of coffee and walleye fish dinners. The hours spent sitting on the deck at the cabin discussing old times and new plans and reminiscing about our wonderful childhoods and adulthoods spent at the lake. Thanks for taking me with you when you moved to California the first time. We packed the 6 of us in your sedan and drove west. You said that the place we were going looked like the moon-you were right! It was over 100 when we got there when you opened the trunk and showed me a can full of gas we brought from MN!
We were all so proud of the wonderful successes you achieved in life and we so love the beautiful family you and Jessie have raised. Thanks for the hospitality and love you and Jessie showed our parents and all of us when we came to visit.
There are not enough words to tell you what you mean to me, but then I think I have told you a million times over the years. But just in case, I’ll tell you again that I love you very very much. Please be waiting and continue praying for all of us till we are reunited in the world beyond.

Your favorite sister,
Jeannie

Jon Virant

April 30, 2020

Dear Andy,

Thank you for all the wonderful times we have shared over these many years. The many days, afternoons, and evenings at the house and at the cabin over coffee, beer, shrimp cocktails and Jessie’s many delicious dinners discussing all the issues of the day are forever in our minds. One of the times I most remember was the fishing opener with you, the two David’s, and myself. It was a miserable cold day, but you and brother David warmed things up with political discussions and funny stories. I always laugh thinking that brother David told one story and you told another and the day was over. Good thing David B. and I were good listeners! All kidding aside I love you like a brother and cherish the many family gatherings at the cabin every summer. We all waited for the time around the 4th knowing you and Jessie and some of the kids would soon arrive. Please pray for us who are left behind here and greet all our parents, the two David’s and little Katie who you so longed for and all of our beloved dead . Thanks for everything!

Love ,
Jon

Nicholas Anderson

April 30, 2020

Grandpa thank you for being there for me. The times we had together and how we told jokes as we sat at the dinner table with the whole family. Everytime you read the newspaper, I thought how knowledgeable you were.

I remember those trips to Minnesota and seeing you on the dock fishing and the time I saw you in your boat. Then, when the whole family went Fortune Bay casino and everyone was calling you "Deadliest Catch."

Also, I remember how sometimes you'd take me to school. I love you granpda and I hope to see you someday. I will be down here making you proud.

Love you , Nicholas

Colleen Ballejos

April 30, 2020

Dad,
There are so many things I want to say to you. You were my strength and support through the hardest times of my life. During the loss of my daughter and my husband, you were there for me.

The wonderful memories of our many vacations together and the summers we spent in Minnesota are unforgettable. There never seems to be enough time spent together. You always wish for one more day. I will cherish the time that we had as a family.

I know you were looking forward to the time when you could hold Katie again. Take care of her until the day we are all together again as a family.

I love you Dad and I will miss you , Colleen.

FROM THE FAMILY