Bruce S. Anderson
POUGHKEEPSIE - Bruce Anderson, 64, passed away at Vassar Brothers Hospital March 24 with his loving family by his side.He fought a courageous battle with Medullary Thyroid Cancer for 17 years.
He was born in Poughkeepsie NY to the late Marion Seitz and Alexander L. Anderson, August 2, 1947.
He attended Arlington Schools and participated in Varsity crew, baseball, football, and wrestling. After graduating in June 1967 he enlisted into the United States Air Force. After basic training he was deployed to Viet Nam for a two year tour. He completed his tour of duty in the Military Police at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida as a Staff Sergeant. While there he had the honor of guarding Buzz Aldren upon his return from his walk on the moon. He was discharged in 1971 with the following medals: US Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Viet Nam Service, National Defense, Viet Nam Campaign, Presidential Unit Citation, Outstanding Unit Award, Small Arms Expert, and the Marksman Medal.
Upon his return to Poughkeepsie he started his 39 year career at Central Hudson. Starting out
as a Lineman and retiring as a First Class Foreman. During his career he worked in South Road, Eltings Corners, Ravena, Greenville, Newburgh and Catskill districts. There he made lifelong friends and was well respected and loved by many.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother Jeffery S. Anderson, Grandparents Fred and Mary Seitz, and beloved Aunt and Uncle Doris and Ed Anderson and Cousin Lawrence Anderson.
He is survived by his children: Tara Anderson Orellana of Manasses Va, Kyle J. Anderson of Poughkeepsie, NY and Connor P.L. Anderson of Palm Cost Florida. His two sisters Doreen S. Anderson and spouse Kathryn Vooris of North Port Florida, Lorraine Shelly Anderson and her companion Mark Parent of Poughkeeepsie, NY, and his God son Steven J Walberg, wife Lesley and daughter Karadyn. Cousins Leonard Anderson of Amenia and Roy Anderson of Mentor OH, and Carrie Lee Anderson of Palm Cost, Florida.
Bruce was an American Patriot and conservative, a member of NRA. He followed politics, and current events. He believed it was every American's right and responsibility to do the same. He was an avid sportsman. He loved hunting and fishing. He belonged to Pleasant Valley Rod and Gun club, Ragged Mountain Gun Club, and Casperkill Gun Club where he spent many hours trying to find the BIG BUCK that always seemed to elude him.
He was an avid NY Giants and NY Yankees fan and enjoyed attending spring training in Florida. He enjoyed spending time with his sons fishing, hunting and camping in the Adairondecks. His last trip was to visit his daughter and visiting the Viet Nam Memorial in Washington DC.
Bruce will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to either a Veterans Organization of your choice or the
Funeral arrangements by William G. Miller and Son Funeral Home, Inc. 371 Hooker Ave, Poughkeepsie NY. Visitation on March 28, 2012 from 3:00-7:00 pm. Services will be at 6:30 PM with Military Honors. Burial will be private at the family's request. If you would like to send an online condolence please visit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2012