Wayne DeMois Anderson
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January 15, 1922 - April 3, 2013
Wayne was born in Vernal, Utah to Lewis Vernon Anderson and Effie Maud Allred on January 15, 1922. He was the youngest of four children. He grew up helping his dad on the farm. As a young high school boy he liked to run track and play basketball.
Wayne was a proud World War II Veteran - Ex POW. Inducted in the U.S. Army, Nov 3, 1942 at Fort Douglas, Utah; shipped out for the European Theatre at Fort Meade, Maryland; landed on Utah Beach with Company C 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division. He was captured and detained for eleven months in German prisoner-of-war camps. He escaped captivity and made his way back to American armed forces. The U.S. Army honorably discharged him on November 28, 1945 at Fort Ord.
He married his sweetheart, Mary, on August 31, 1949 and they were later sealed in the Manti LDS Temple. He worked in the oil fields as a young man; he later brought his family to Salt Lake City where he apprenticed as an Optician. He retired from Wolcott Optical.
He had a love of country and western music and taught himself to play the guitar and piano.
Wayne never complained; always had a warm smile and a great sense of humor. He would tell you that his greatest joy was helping his family and the love he received from them.
He passed away peacefully after complications from a stroke.
Survived by wife, Mary; Daughters, Colleen D. Anderson; Leslie A. Maxwell (Doug); Granddaughters, BreAnna Harrison (Jake Nordgren)
Challene Green (Will); Michelle Street (Kip); Great grandchildren; Ethan and Joshua Green; Peyton, Bryton and Brooklyn Harrison; Brady Street
Interment will be at the Utah Veterans Memorial Park, Camp Williams. The U.S. Army Honor Guard will be present at the graveside service on Monday, April 8th, 1:30 pm.
The family would like to thank Salt Lake Veterans Home Health Care; Superior Home Health Care; Garden Terrace and Larkin Mortuary.
Published in Deseret News on Apr. 7, 2013