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Peder Edvin Andersen July 4, 1922 - Dec. 29, 2013 Resident of Livermore Peder Edvin Andersen, age 91, a long-time Livermore resident, passed away Dec. 29, 2013. He was born on July 4, 1922 in a farmhouse in Vejle, Denmark, the first of four children of Helge and Mette Andersen. In 1927 the family emigrated from Denmark and after staying one year in Iowa, they moved to the Wood Ranch in Danville. They settled in what is now Camp Parks in Dublin, but with the outbreak of World War II, the family relocated to a ranch near Collier Canyon, where Pete lived for the rest of his life. Pete graduated from Amador High School in 1941 and proudly served in the U.S. Army in Italy during World War II. He was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Pete worked in construction until his retirement, in addition to being a rancher. He began to keep score at Livermore High basketball games in 1952, when the assigned scorekeeper failed to show and Pete filled in. He scored an incredible 3,513 games over the next 60 years. He was a sportswriter for The Livermore News (currently The Herald) from 1951 to 1956. In 1955, Pete married Margaret Detjens, his beloved wife of 58 years. Pete loved travel, photography, and being close to nature. Yosemite was one of his favorite spots. He climbed Half Dome four times after he turned 60 and Mt. Dana when he turned 80. Pete was a member of the VFW, the Livermore Danish Lodge, and the Masonic Lodge. A heart-felt Celebration of Life for Pete will be held at the Livermore Veteran's Hall on Sat., Jan. 25, 2014 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice, The Livermore-Granada Boosters, or .
Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 17, 2014
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