Willard Jid Anderson Jr.

June 5, 1926August 31, 2012

Willard Jid Anderson, 86, passed away of a heart attack Friday, August 31, 2012. He was born June 5, 1926, in Yuma.

Willard was a lifetime member of the Yuma Sheriff's Posse and Yuma Jaycees, he was also a member of the San Diego Cyclo-vets. He received his Bachelors degree from ASU. Willard was an award winning master cyclist who won over 150 medals and trophies.

At age 80 he rode his bike from Mexico to the Canadian border and back again in 2006. Bill is a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He graduated from ASU and was the first "Sparky" the Sun Devil mascot for ASU.

Willard is survived by his wife, Beryl Anderson; daughters, Debbie Anderson Foerstner, Carol (Terry) Baker, and Brenda (Cully) Kern; sister, Deanie Anderson Holbrook; step-brother, Bill Walker; sister-in-law, Norma Stern-Stone; grandchildren, Ryan (Deanna) Foerstner, Billy Foerstner, Jason (Janna) Baker, Laurie (Angus) Brown, Justin (Jineane) Baker, Clinton Kern, and Erica Kern; great-grandchildren, Delaney Foerstner, Addyson Foerstner, Jordan Baker, Jaymi Baker, Wyatt Brown, Weston Brown, and Brooklyn Brown. He was preceded in death by his father, W.J. Anderson Sr.; mother, Joyce Washburn Anderson; step-mother, Eunice Anderson; step-brothers, S.L. "Sparky" Walker and Rudy Walker.

A visitation will be held Thursday, September 6, 2012, at Funeraria del Angel from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. A mass is scheduled for 9:30 A.M. Friday, September 7, 2012, at 1st Christian Church. Pastor Jerry Elzey will officiate. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jason Baker, Angus Brown, Justin Baker, Ryan Foerstner, Billy Foerstner, and Clinton Kern. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Baker and Cully Kern, and great-grandsons, Wyatt and Weston Brown.


  • Visitation Thursday, September 6, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 7, 2012

Willard Jid Anderson Jr.

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Alexis Galaviz

September 10, 2012

Mr. Anderson was always so sweet to his wife. It was so cute to see him take her to Kneaders every day. We miss him very much her at Kneaders! My heart goes out to your family.

Sue Reyes

September 9, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson were very kind and always enjoyed taking their plane out when I worked at the airport back in the day. My condelence to the Anderson family.

Debra Owens

September 8, 2012

I will always remember your Mr. W. J. Anderson for your kindness you have brought to my family and I. God bless my pray's are with your family rest in peace. Ms. Owens

Irene Crites

September 7, 2012

Beryl, I can't believe that Bill is gone.
I thought for sure he would live to be 100.
I'll pray that God gives you strenght. I am sure you have many fond memories of your life together.

He was the best. I think of him often everytime I am at my office. No one was as good as he was, mainly because he cared.
God Bless you,
Irene Crites

Judy Gren

September 7, 2012

Bill you were a great cyclists and enjoyed riding horses with you when you had your horse. God Bless your family and we will all miss you.

September 7, 2012

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

Victoria (Sapp) Phillips

September 7, 2012

Beryl, Debbie, Carol & Brenda,
Please accept my deepest sympathy as you mourn the loss of your love one. I remember "Bill" as the architect/contractor of my mother's (Tommie Renick)home so many years ago. Such a nice man with a wonderful family.


September 7, 2012


Bob Howard

September 7, 2012

Bill, you were an inspiration to I and many others. You biked all over the country, borders to borders, west to east and south to north to south and hiked across the Grand Canyon twice in your 80s. I am sure you will find new trails and paths in your new adventure. We all will miss you! My heart goes out to Beryl and family (my cousins)

Liz Anderson

September 6, 2012

Debbie, Beryl, Brenda, Carol and family,
As I have been reading over the words of others about Bill, what resonates is this: The measure of a persons' life lies in how we remember them and miss them, he lived life large and with gusto! Bill affected, motivated and moved many in his time on earth and is loved by so many. I pray this gives you all comfort! Love, Liz