Sander Eastman Anderson, 85, died peacefully in the company of family and friends, April 29, 2009, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital after many complications from a stroke, congestive heart failure, and infections.
He was born on November 18,1923 in Hood River to Gust and Ella Anderson. The eldest of five children, his childhood memories took place in Dufur, where he graduated in 1941.
He began work with the United States Forest Service immediately after graduation. In September of 1943, he was inducted into the Army Air Corp where he served in India and China in Company A 3198th Signal Service Battalion as a Communications Specialist. He was responsible for installing technological devices among the air bases.
In May of 1946, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant and returned to Dufur, and employment with the United States Forest Service.
In May 28,1948, he married Marilyn Martin. They lived in Dufur where they had two sons, R. Charles Anderson and Randal L. Anderson. Sander and Marilyn farmed for Marilyn's parents in Clatskanie from 1952 to 1954.
During the spring of 1954, he accepted a position with the Wallowa Whitman National Forest Chesnimnus Ranger District as Fire Control Officer. His daughter, Mari Lynn Anderson, was born in the fall of 1954.
He met and married Joyce Magee on May 3, 1975.
Sander retired in 1978.
Besides spending time with his wife, in his retirement he stayed busy with many different jobs such as carpentry, mail carrier for the US Post Office, and harvesting grain with his long time friend, Ronnie Sands.
Outside of his employment, Sander was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Enterprise Elk's Lodge. In addition to his local memberships, he was an avid outdoors man. He had 35 years of hunting adventures with buddies and family in the Snake River Unit. That area, as well as Chesnimnus, continued to be one of his fondest places throughout his lifetime. Anything that dealt with outdoor activities such as mushroom picking, hiking, baseball, horseshoe throwing, and scenic drives held great enjoyment for Sander. His fondness for these activities was enhanced by the presence of his family and friends.
Sander was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister Eleanor, and brothers Scott Frazer and Clarence Anderson.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce who cared for him tirelessly after his stroke in 2001; son R. Charles (Linda) Anderson and grandchildren Tressie and Barry Anderson; son Randal L. (Sandra) Anderson and grandchildren Robert, Mandi, Ashley, Katrina, and Marcus Anderson; daughter Mari Lynn (Lon) Andrade and grandchildren Angela Reed and Kalah (Zackery) Grover; four great grandchildren; brother, Robert Frazer, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will take place at the Lostine Cemetery, 11 a.m. May 30. Memorial contributions may be made to Wallowa County Veteran's Service Officer Program in care of Bollman Funeral Home.