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Anderson "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
II Timothy 4:7
Laurel Richard Anderson passed away peacefully on June 26, 2012.
The world has lost one of the finest of the "Greatest Generation," and he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Laurel (Andy), a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, was a humble man of great integrity who lived his Christian faith every day of his ninety-seven years.
He was born to second generation Swedish immigrants on June 16,1915 in the Decker Community close to Manor, TX. He grew up on the family farm attending school and church at Decker Methodist. His early years were centered around these: God, family, church, and school. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1936 with a BBA in Accounting and in that same year married Arphonell (Nell) Gladys Swenson who had captured his heart from the time he was a young boy.
In 1941, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Andy joined the Navy and attended Officers Candidate School at Notre Dame. He spent the next four years on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific stationed primarily in the Marshall Islands. His love of country and concern for his Navy friends never waned. Through the years he enjoyed attending Navy reunions reminiscing and sharing a special camaraderie with his buddies.
After the war he moved to Houston to work for Gulf Coast Investment Corporation (Cravens-Dargan) having been lured there by several fellow Navy officers. He spent the next forty plus years as the CFO of Gulf Coast Investment Corporation.
Nell and Andy lovingly reared their three children, Lynn, Lanelle, and Marsha in Bellaire, Texas. They spent many hours attending and supporting their children's varied activities...mainly, swimming and diving. In retirement they moved to Quail Valley in Missouri City where they became avid golfers enjoying new friendships, their grandchildren and a more leisure life.
Andy's survivors are his son Lynn Anderson and wife Barbara of Abilene and his daughter Marsha Hurlbut and husband James of Buda. Grandchildren are Brooke & Scott Anderson of Austin, Amy & Chuck Holloway of Abilene, Carolyn & David Anderson of Houston, Michael Anderson of Houston, Jamie & Robin Denton of Kyle, and Julie & Zach Burns of Austin. He also has fourteen adoring great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife Nell, his daughter Lanelle, his granddaughter Laurie Hurlbut, his parents Richard and Lily and his brother and sister-in-law Clarence and Martha Anderson.
The family would like to thank Legend Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitaion Center of Kyle for their excellent care over the past four months.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at Decker United Methodist Church, 8304 Decker Lane, Austin, Texas 78724 under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home of Kyle.
Memorials may be made to the Decker United Methodist Church or a
Published in Houston Chronicle on June 28, 2012