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Roger Michael Anderson 1962 - 2013

Roger Michael Anderson

This Guest Book will remain online until 11/22/2014.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
WOW! What a shock. This entry is dated March 24, 2014 because many of the folks in my group that knew Roger are JUST hearing of this tragic sad loss of a brilliant charismatic soul.

Our group was the International Space Station Team at Boeing Rocketdyne, which Roger was a HUGE part of. After hearing of his passing just yesterday, we all are very saddened by this. The emails are passing amongst us now and we are all sharing memories of Roger – our colleague and our friend.

In speaking for myself now, I remember Roger as one of the SMARTEST IT and Computer guys I ever knew. He was so gifted at what he did, he developed a word class Engineering Support Room for the International Space Station, and made it look easy. He was a critical piece of this team, and was a HUGE asset to all. He not only was ever so bright in California, he became a diver as mentioned in the initial news article from his family, and contributed great things to NASAs Space Program, in that he was critical in testing hardware that would fly on the next mission, swimming and diving side by side with our nations accomplished astronaut corp. Roger was so gifted, and so bright, he lit up a room. His smile with those great dimples and his always upbeat persona amazed me. He never looked stressed. He was calm and casual, yet accomplished beyond most, and pretty simply a genius. Whenever I had any computer or system or network issue, I went to Roger. He gladly stopped whatever he was doing to help and never complained. We travelled together as a team, had parties together, barbeques even in Houston together, and we laughed, ahhhhh most of all we laughed. Roger was a happy man- his smile lit up a soul. I know our group- to mention a few- me, Maral, Vanessa, Cathy, Gabe, Humberto, Charles, Frankie, Heather, Dave, Ken, Scott, Huong, and SO MANY MORE will forever miss Roger M. Anderson.

Me, personally, will always remember Roger as a bright light in the sky, sailing side by side with the International Space Station for which he was a critical part of. I am so saddened by this loss, and feel for the loved ones, but for the believers, we know Roger is in a better place with the Lord and is free of any Earthly pressures that could have been upon him, feeling no pain as he sails through the stars. Hey, he could be designing the Website for the Stars by now, smiling his way through these journeys. Roger my friend, I know you are sorely missed, but truly believe you are at peace. One day my friend, we will all meet again.

It is true, the good ones always taken way too soon, but they are needed – and you are universally needed my friend. May you keep singing and shining up there always so we can remember you as you were – God Bless you and all your loved ones

Deborah Cannon
Huntington Beach, Ca
Friday, November 08, 2013
Roger was my best friend for many years. I kind of stole him from my brother Steven. Sorry Steven! There's not much I can say that hasn't already been said. Roger and I shared many happy times. He used to come over to my condo and I'd cook chicken and mashed potatoes, and he would rave about what a good cook I was. I'd watch TV, and he'd work on the computer. Or I'd be working on the computer, and he would pull out his briefcase and work on one of his many projects. We spent many hours competing at Jeopardy, which he loved. Or we'd pull out the guitar and sing everything from Pink Floyd, Bob Seiger, the Eagles and more. Roger was an incredibly positive influence in my life and many people's lives. He was optimistic, fun, outgoing. When he walked into a room, everyone was delighted to see him. His generosity knew no bounds. Roger designed my first website--and boy was he a perfectionist! Which was good, because soon I was getting...wait for it...30,000 hits a month! The guy was a genius. He loved to write and even more...to edit. I know that one of his happiest memories was editing the Pierce College Newspaper and winning the coveted Pacemaker Award. He was also very proud of his work with the International Space Station and swimming with the astronauts. He pulled me outside one day and showed me a spaceship flying across the night sky. It was the International Space Station. So cool!
Roger and I shared something amazing: we could talk about anything. He was a deep thinker, and we tackled every subject we could think of. Religion, Politics, Sex, Family, Love...nothing was taboo. He was a good person through and through. Brutally honest and stubborn as a tree stump, he had a way of cutting straight through all the crap and getting right to the truth of things. There are so many more good things I could say about him. I am so delighted to see that so many people feel the same way. I will miss him for the rest of my life.
A week or so after he died, I had an out-of-body experience and I saw him. He was still healing and told me, "I'm not ready to meet with you yet." But I saw him and spoke with him, and I know that he lives on and a day will come when we will all see him again. Count on it.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I just learned that the Herald has an option to post this Guest Book on Facebook...I'll attempt to do that now...
I love you brother,
your brother, Mark
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I was truly blessed by having Roger as my brother in law. He was one of the most intelligent, funny, sincere and creative individuals that I had the privilege of knowing. I am going to miss him so much. Roger truly loved the people that were in his life some for a very long time and others such a short time. He shared with us so many extraordinary traits that we will cherish forever. Our lives will be forever empty without him here to share with us. I love you Roger Anderson you have left us too soon. Love you Connie Anderson ( sister in law)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I've been remise in reading these tributes to my brother. Today our father encouraged me to embrace all the kind words you have all written. Some of the stories I had forgotten...some I never new. I can add that as youngsters I fancied myself as a better athlete. That was short lived. In a "Cable Bridge Run" here in Kennewick he baited me one year to join him. After one tenth of a mile he asked if it was okay for him to run ahead. He hailed me at the finish line, after waiting for me for a full 30 minutes. He made sure to not let me live that one down. Recently I was reminded of a time he repelled over a steep embankment in Topanga Canyon to comfort and care for a friend that had toppled over the edge until paramedics arrived. I had also forgotten his poker playing days, most particularly with Steve, Keith, and the Dennet Family. As young men, Roger joined Craig Holmes and I skiing at Mammoth mountain and had a pretty impressive "yard sale" when he took the Hair Lip jump at the bottom of the Cornice bowl. Years later he coached me through preparation of my first and only foray into mountaineering when we joined Dad, Angie, Jerry and I on our trek to the top of Mt. Rainier. He liked to remind me though that as I recovered from altitude sickness on one edge of the crater, he circled around to the "True Summit" that was about 14 feet higher on the other side. We look at our photo album now that our mother made...of him and Cindy as precious little kids backpacking with Mom and Dad and Angie and I all over the Sierra's and remember the special upbringing we all had. The prior posts I've read are making it easier to cope with my feelings now. It's nice to know he meant so much to so many people other that just me.
I love you and miss you Roger.
Your Brother, Mark

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