Lawrence LeRoy Anderson
September 14, 1927 – May 18, 2020
Lawrence LeRoy Anderson, 92, known to many as Lonnie or Andy, of Lakewood Colorado, passed away May 18, 2020. He was born September 14, 1927, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The son of Lawrence and Mary (Duke) Anderson. He was a Colorado native and met the love of his life, Lois Irene Strohmeyer, at Fruitdale Baptist Church. They were married on August 15, 1948.
Lawrence’s family lived on a farm near 48th and Ward Road in Wheat Ridge and he was part of the work crew at a young age. He graduated from Wheat Ridge High School and enlisted in the Army 12 days after his 18th birthday in 1945. He worked in the motor pool in Oahu, Hawaii and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sargent in July 1948. Lawrence enjoyed working at Viners Chevrolet shagging cars and eventually started as a tender man at Public Service of Colorado’s Power Plant, retiring from there some 35 years later as a Power Plant Operations Supervisor. Early in his married life he obtained a private pilot’s license and loved to fly but gave it up to provide for his growing family.
Lawrence loved to overhaul engines to keep them running and to get a little more horsepower to the wheels. He kept his cars spotless. He was a dedicated father that that loved his family dearly working a week of graveyard shift, a week of swing shift, and one or two weeks of days for all his years at the Power Plant. He loved to see his grandchildren and great grandchildren, always wanting to know how they were doing. He was lovingly known as “Grandpaw Bozo”, and one of his favorite sayings they chuckled at was, “that’s the way the mop flops”.
Lawrence is survived by his Son Michael (Christine) Anderson; Daughter LeAnn (Shannon) Anderson; Son Les (Gussie) Anderson; six Grandchildren, Brandon (Linda) Anderson, Corinna (Loren) Richmond, Jennifer (Caleb) Thiessen, Rebecca (Devin) Anderson, Zach Anderson, and Eli (Kiersten) Anderson; and eight Great Grandchildren Alexandra Richmond, Autumn Anderson, Penelope Anderson, Annika Thiessen, Jaxson Richmond, Gryphon Anderson, Alina Thiessen, and Juniper Anderson.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his wife Lois Anderson, Father and Mother Lawrence and Mary Anderson, and Sisters Marie Ramos and Ann Chambers.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of Lawrence’s favorite charities: Denver Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, or Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
Due to current restrictions, only a few immediate family members will be able to attend a graveside service.