Our dear father, grandfather and friend, Carl G. Anderson, Jr., passed away in his home on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the age of 89. He was born in Montpelier, Idaho on July 1, 1924, the only son of Carl Gustav Anderson, Sr. and Lillian Ethyl Grunig Anderson. He graduated in 1942 from Ogden High where he met the love of his life, Nadine Seely. They were married in 1943. They lived in Ogden, Layton, and Roy, Utah. Mom passed away in June of 2009 after a decade-long battle with Parkinson’s and Alzheimers. Along with the help of his loving children, Dad cared for Mom at home throughout the many years of her illness.
Dad served in World War II as a waist gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress as part of the 305th “Can Do” Bomb Group. On his 25th mission on August 24th 1944, the plane was brought down by a storm of FLAK while on a bombing run over Germany. He and the ten-man crew were detained as prisoners of war until the war’s end. We know Dad would appreciate our saluting his pilot and life-long friend, Robert Polich – now the only surviving member of the “Reich’s Ruin” crew.
After almost 50 years of near silence about his experiences and after years of pleading by his oldest daughter, Karyl, Dad finally agreed to share his notes and memories. Together they compiled a 145 page book detailing his childhood during the Great Depression, his life in the service both in gunnery school at Fort Meyers, Florida and at his air base in Chelveston, England; his nine months as a prisoner of war; and his life and times following his return. This family treasure includes sketches of his living quarters, menus (both real and imagined), poems that he wrote when he was a POW as well as photographs and documents. Both he and Karyl are permanent members of The Eighth Air Force Historical Society.
Carl returned home in 1945 to his wife and two sons and began his extraordinary family life and career. After 30 years at Hill Air Force Base in positions of ever-increasing responsibility, he retired at the age of 55. He and Mom immediately began building a source of wonderful memories for the entire family at their beautiful mountain retreat we lovingly called, “The Cabins.”
Some of the words that come to mind describing this dear man are: patriot, patriarch; war hero; family hero; honest, brave, plainspoken; self-reliant, unselfish, counselor, caregiver, confidant, stubborn, sensitive, strict, loving, forgiving, humble, private, impartial, tender-hearted, competitive, tough, Golden Glove champion boxer, football player, basketball player, frugal, inspirational, spiritual, a lover of music and nature, a best friend and neighbor, a man of his word and a true man’s man.
His interests included stream fishing, golfing, bowling - mostly in a league with his younger sister Boots - photography, singing, playing nearly unbeatable ping pong and pool, training his dogs, playing his harmonica, and, most importantly, being with his family. He was deeply involved with all aspects of life to his last day.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his wife, Nadine; sisters Ruth, Norma, and Arlene; five brothers-in-law; son-in-law Kent Chugg and two great grandchildren.
He is survived by his sisters Boots Roberts, Roy, UT; and Joyce Rankin, Morgan City LA. His sons Dennis (Marcia) Anderson, Farmington, UT; SFC(USA Ret Richard Carl (Daphne) Anderson, Grand Blanc, MI; SGM(USA Ret) Ronald Dee (Erika) Anderson, Chester, VA; his daughters Karyl Chugg (Boyd) Mounteer, Farr West, UT; Kim (Wayne) Dalton, Layton, UT and Kelly (Steve) Spencer, Farr West, UT. Dad and Mom are also survived by 29 grandchildren including two grandsons currently serving USAF active duty in Afghanistan and Germany, 55 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 27th at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd.
A viewing will be held on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the mortuary.
Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and/or the Alzheimer’s Association.