Andrew Abraham Anderson

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Former Juneau resident Andrew Abraham Anderson, 78, died May 16, 2004, at his home in Newport, Ore.

He was born to Emil Anderson and Agafia Kalmakoff on April 20, 1926, in Coffee Creek. He served in the Army Air Corps. After his discharge, he became owner/operator of an air taxi in Dillingham. He commercial fished and operated the power scow, Tebenkof, for the PAF cannery for many years before moving to Anchorage in 1965.

In Anchorage, he began work as an A/P mechanic. He then began working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, later transferring to Juneau, where he was assigned to the eagle raptor program to help relocate eagles to different states. He retired as captain of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service M/V Surfbird in 1989.

He was active in the Elks, Moose, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sons of Norway and Pioneers of Alaska. He was a double Past Exalted Ruler of the Juneau Elks No. 420, a charter member of Phoenix Elks No. 2729 and an associate Member of Newport Elks No. 2105, where he was presented with the Elks Distinguished Citizenship award of the Grand Lodge Order of Elks USA in April. He enjoyed woodwork and made many models. He also enjoyed taking photographs.

His family and friends wrote, "see you later" and "we'll miss his sunny smile."

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carol; daughters, Norma Anderson of Seattle, and Jan Umstead of Soldotna; sons, Doug Anderson of Soldotna, Erick Anderson of Phoenix, Ariz., and Chris Anderson of Juneau; 10 grandchildren; siblings, Mary Hanson of Petersburg, Edwin Anderson of Naknek, Hildur Duncan of Anchorage, Martha McCarthy of Anchorage, and Carl Gronn of Kodiak, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Plans for Juneau services are pending.

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