John Norman Anderson|
John Norman Anderson passed away February 17 surrounded by his family. He was born January 14, 1924 in Kirkland General Hospital which is now the site of the Heathman Hotel just a few blocks from his residence. He came full circle. John graduated from Redmond High School in 1941. Before attending the University of Washington where he majored in Accounting and spent three years on the Husky crew team, he joined the Army Air Corp for three years spending time in Guam, Hawaii and eventually on Iwo Jima, arriving there just after the flag was being raised during that famous battle. John's first job was as an accountant for the Olympic Stain Company in Ballard where he worked for 23 years, the last 12 as President. When he first retired at age 49 it didn't take long for him to take on new challenges such as helping companies turn themselves around and becoming successful again. John served on the board of the Frank Russell Trust Company and Children's Home Society of Washington.
He and his wife Dorothy were avid boaters and aviators. Their first love was sailing and sailboat racing. John was the skipper and Dorothy found herself often in the boson's chair up the mast fixing things. They became pilots around the age of 50. Eventually becoming "stinkpot" owners as sailors would call them, they would make trips to Alaska and Desolation Sound, sharing the duties of either flying their Cessna 206 or piloting their vessel "Zing" to their next destination. John took up motorcycle riding and enjoyed his Harley Davidson rides with his fellow "Hells Rotarians". He became a gentleman farmer in 1980 and planted about 80 acres of wine grapes in Grandview, Washington. He was instrumental in organizing the Washington Wine Commission and was a big supporter of the Association of Wine Grape Growers. John and Dorothy were supporters of the Arts, especially the Pilchuck Glass School where he served as a board member. He was President there in 1990 and 1991. A school management transition occurred during this time placing him in the management role for a good part of a year working day to day with many of the early Pilchuck artists who became lifelong friends.
John is survived by his wife Dorothy of 67 plus years, their two children, son Kris and daughter Kathryn, two favorite daughter and son in-laws, Silvia and Nils, grandchildren Aundy Newell and her husband Brett and Kristian Anderson. He most cherished his two great grandchildren, Kacey and Joey Newell. He also would not have survived the last three years without the help, kindness and skill of his caregiver, Millie Ajuang.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to John's favorite charity, Seattle Children's Hospital, designating the John and Dorothy Anderson Guild for Uncompensated care, where he spent many years assisting the Hospital Foundation.
Memorial services are planned for mid May. Details to be published at a later date.
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 23, 2014