Louis E. Anderson

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2001

Louis E. Anderson died Oct. 27, 2001, at his home in West Juneau.

He was born May 23, 1917, in Rockford, Ill., to Anna (Peterson) Anderson and Emil Ludwig Anderson. In 1939 he enlisted in the National Guard, and was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroism and achievement during World War II.

In 1954 Anderson began working for Alaska Coastal Airlines. He continued to work for the airline and its successors Alaska Coastal-Ellis Airlines and Alaska Airlines until he retired in 1990. He was presented the Charles Taylor "Master Mechanic" award by the Federal Aviation Agency in 1997.

He married Ruth (Brooks) Anderson on Sept. 7, 1955, and the couple moved into a house built mostly by Anderson himself in West Juneau. The couple hosted many exchange students over the years.

He was an active member of the Northern Light United Church and its predecessors. In addition to serving as an elder and a deacon for these churches, he was on the advisory board for the local Salvation Army and a member of the Sons of Norway and the Pioneers of Alaska.

Anderson was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Walter Anderson, and his wife Ruth.

He is survived by brother Carl Anderson and his wife Ruth, Addison, Ill.; brother Howard Anderson and his wife Mary, Poplar Grove, Ill.; sister-in-law Beatrice Anderson, Clinton, Wis.; brother-in-law James Brooks and his wife Jean, River Forest, Ill; and 12 nieces and nephews, all in Illinois.

Visitation hours will be from noon-3 p.m. at the Alaskan Memorial Park on Monday, Nov. 5. A funeral service will be held at Northern Light United Church at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Native Ministries Program at Northern Light United Church, 400 W. 11th Street, Juneau, 99801, or the Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 3200 Hospital Drive, Room 100, Juneau, 99801.

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