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Gerald William (G.W.) Anderson Obituary
1913 ~ 2014
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away peacefully at home April 14, 2014.
G. W. was born in Debec, New Brunswick, Canada on August 3, 1913 to Roland and Rosanna Anderson. His early childhood was spent in Maine until his family moved to Michigan in 1926. After high school, G. W. attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He learned store management from the bottom up at F. W. Woolworth Co. He managed several stores in Michigan and Ohio. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he entered the U. S. Army Air Force until discharged as a commissioned officer in March 1946. Upon discharge from Camp Kearns, Utah, he met his lifelong sweetheart, Ida Lee Jensen. They were married by George Romney, Stake President of the Michigan Stake of the LDS Church, on April 26, 1946.
G.W. and Lee returned to Cleveland, Ohio where G. W. managed F. W. Woolworth stores in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Their son John was born in 1947. In 1948, they packed up and moved their family to Salt Lake City. With help from a fellow officer he met in the service, G. W. started an oil and gas leasing service, acquiring oil and gas leases and performing various land check duties for major oil companies. After a very difficult first year, he brought in an experienced oil man from Casper, Wyoming as a partner and his leasing business boomed. Within the next year, they had 50 attorneys working in various parts of the Rocky Mountain area. G. W. turned the leasing business over to his partner in 1955 and became an Independent Oil and Gas Producer. He stayed active in this business for over 60 years and worked until he turned 100. He really enjoyed having many of his family members working with him. He was very involved as an officer and director of three large national and regional oil and gas associations which represented thousands of oil and gas operators throughout the U.S. During their life, G. W. and Lee traveled extensively. They both enjoyed golf and their associations they made at the Salt Lake Country Club as well as Thunderbird Country Club and Desert Island Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. He was an active member of The Country Club for over 60 years and served as Club President in 1966. The Andersons have been generous contributors to many worthy charities. G. W. was very involved in the construction of the Westridge Academy in West Jordan, UT, formerly known as the Utah Boys' Ranch. He and his son John spent 10 years raising over $15 million dollars to construct the campus. He was delighted to visit with the boys enrolled in the Ranch program and to see the wonderful changes they had made in their lives. In later years, he continued to help worthy young men and women to obtain a good education. He was an emeritis member of the National Advisory Council at the University of Utah and a long time member of the Executive Committee of the Health Sciences Council. He was the recipient of the Honorary Alumnus Award from the University of Utah in 1998. He also served as President of the Salt Lake City Police/Salt Lake County Honorary Colonels Association. G. W. 's greatest accomplishment was his family: his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their spouses. He was a loving mentor to all. He worked hard to ensure that his family would receive the best education possible. His strongest desire was to see them leave the earth a better place than when they arrived. His legacy of hard work, a healthy lifestyle, community service and a love of God has been passed on through the generations. In 1982, G. W. was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by his grandson. He served as co-mission leader in the Monument Park 17th Ward for four years. He dedicated his life to being a missionary and to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to others. He knows we will all be together again someday.
G.W. is survived by his wife Lee, son John (Karen), daughter Carol Hatch (Floyd), 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and his sister Elizabeth Kirkham, Mesa, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his sister Loretta Hutchison and his great-granddaughter Ruby Lee Hatch.
At his request, a private family ceremony will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of G. W.'s favorite charities, the Westridge Academy or The University of Utah Health Science Department.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Apr. 16 to Apr. 17, 2014
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