Ronald Edwin â€œAndyâ€œ Anderson, 77 of Tacoma, Wash., formerly of Big Spring, Texas, passed away Thursday May 8, 2014 in Tacoma, Wash. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services with full military honors will follow at 2 p.m. at Trinity Memorial Park Peace Chapel.
Andy was born in Tacoma, Wash., to Verne G and Gertrude Seim Anderson on Jan. 14, 1937. He had two brothers, Richard and Verne and one sister, Betty. Andy graduated from high school and enlisted in the United States Air Force and remained there for 20 years where he was stationed in places like Altus, Okla., Anchorage, Alaska, and Big Spring, Texas, where he retired from service. He served in Vietnam, Thailand and Korea. He worked as an electrician for many years, both during and after the military.
He married the love of his life Melva â€œDean" Heffington Walker on Oct. 10, 1959, in Big Spring, Texas. They had a ceremony in Old Mexico and later had a church ceremony June 30, 1986, at St Thomas Catholic Church in Big Spring, Texas. Andy and Dean had a love that surpassed all others. Along with his wonderful new bride came two beautiful daughters, Janice Sue and Janet Lee, whom he loved like his own. Several years later they adopted another daughter, Joy Diane. Andy never had a harsh word for anyone unless you went against his family and then he was a fierce protector of the ones he loved. In their golden years, they adopted a son, Brandon Shane.
Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by his parents, Verne and Gertrude Anderson; two brothers, Richard and Vern Anderson; and one sister, Betty Anderson Pape, a niece, Diana Pape; and nephew, Gene Pape. He was also proceeded in death by his wife of 38 years, Dean Heffington Walker Anderson;, her parents, Denver and Edna Heffington; three sisters in law, Donna Earhart, Shirley Slate and Sandy Webb; three brothers in law, Ricky Heffington, Mike Carter and Joe Earhart; and nephew Danny Heffington.
He is survived by three daughters, Janice Sue Short Dunford and husband Rick, Janet Lee Roberts and husband Willy, all of Anchorage, Alaska, and Joy Diane Anderson and one son, Brandon Shane Anderson, both of Abilene Texas; his nephew, Richard and wife Debbie Anderson of Utah, his four grandsons, Kirk Short and his wife Angie, Chris Short and his wife Jennifer, Cameron Short and his wife Audrey, and Kyle Roberts, all of Anchorage, Alaska; three granddaughters, Melissa Roberts Kingsford and husband Chad, Miranda Roberts, also from Anchorage, Alaska, and Jalyla Maldonado of Abilene, Texas;and seven great-grandchildren, Tristin Short, Trace and Trinity Kingsford, all of Anchorage, Alaska, Travis Short of Oklahoma and Tori, Trista and Tayven Short, all of Florida.
Ronnie or Andy as most of you called him was a sweet man with a big heart and a great sense of humor. He gave more than he took, was happy with what he had, and loved so strong that you felt it. He didnâ€™t ask for much, and would be happy to give you the shirt off his back. He was generous, a hilarious storyteller, sensitive, fiercely loyal, and genuinely interested in all members of his family. Andy was gifted at turning a negative into a positive; he was a great role model and will be missed so much.
Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at http://www.myersandsmith.com/