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Victor Harold Anderson

1938 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Victor Harold Anderson

Victor Harold Anderson was born May 10, 1938 to Harold and Anna Anderson at Seattle's Providence Hospital. He often told people that the total bill for his birth and his mother's 10 day hospital stay was $68.75. How times have changed. Victor died on February 5, 2014 from complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He enjoyed his 75 years.

Vic grew up in the Wallingford neighborhood and attended Interlake Elementary School (now the Wallingford Center), where his picture hangs today as a member of the Schoolboy Safety Patrol. He also attended Hamilton Junior High and Lincoln High School where he made lifelong friends. He played saxophone and clarinet in the band. During his high school years he rowed on the Greenlake Crew and later rowed on the Husky Crew at the University of Washington where he majored in business. On April 5, 1963 he married Janice Riepe Anderson. They moved to Ellensburg for two years where he graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Geography.

It was during this time that he spent six years with the Air National Guard, doing his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He never forgot the friends he made in the National Guard and helped organize a 50 Year Reunion a few years ago.

Vic lived at Woodmont Beach much of his life. As a child he visited his grandparents there during the summers. After college graduation he and his wife moved there in 1965. He was an active member of the Woodmont Country Club, a wonderful caring community.

In 1972 he earned a teaching certificate from the University of Washington and began teaching Industrial Arts - wood shop, construction, mechanical drawing (later computerized drawing), and social studies for the Seattle Public Schools. He mourned the loss of these and other classes now often missing from the school curriculum. He firmly believed that the arts as well as the practical arts were essential to the enjoyment of life.

In 1976 he earned his master's degree in Vocational Administration and continued teaching until retirement after 30 years. Next he worked as a mentor with the STAR program for the Seattle Public Schools helping new teachers get started in their careers.

After retirement he served his community by serving on the South Seattle Community College Technology Advisory Committee and the City of Des Moines Senior Services Advisory Committee.

Before teaching, Vic's career was in the boating industry. At the age of 16 he began building wooden boats at a boat shop on Lake Union. Next he worked for 12 years for Ray Marine Distributing Company. While working on his teaching certificate, he became the sales manager for Livingston Boat Company. Boating was always a part of his life and continued with membership in the Antique Outboard Motor Club and the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum. He was an outboard marathon racer and won a number of trophies in that sport.

All of his life Vic loved cars. He was a member of several Porsche Clubs and preferred the old 356 Porsches. He also belonged to a number of Studebaker clubs, the Buick Club and others. He remembered practically every automobile that he ever saw, sometimes reminiscing about cars he had seen while delivering newspapers at the age of 10. He and his wife traveled to many automobile conventions all over the United States, a great way to see the country.

He also enjoyed membership in model train clubs. Again, he traveled to many conventions making friends wherever he went.

Vic was very fond of traveling and visited his relatives in Sweden several times, always taking time to visit other parts of Europe. He took his mother to Sweden for her 86th birthday to meet the relatives there and to visit the place where her parents were born.

Vic was both thrifty and generous. He collected everything. He saved everything. If you needed tools, nuts and bolts, car parts for most any car, furniture, lumber, firewood, picture frames, a deck for a small boat and more, he would have it.

He valued all living things and was as likely to rescue a plant as an animal. There were always dog treats and cat food in his car in case he ran across an animal in need, and then he often brought the animal home to live a long and pampered life. He supported countless environmental and animal rescue groups, always mindful of protecting our planet for future generations.

Victor is survived by Jan, his wife of 50 years; his sister Janet (Evan) Sorby, and their daughter

Angela Sorby Roth (Chris) and the Roth children Ivan Henry, Jonah Victor and Francesca Shutong; their son Sten Sorby (Elizabeth) and the Sorby children Olin Wheatley and Bergen Carl; sisters-in-law Joann Stoddard (Spencer) and Jane Dunn (Randy) and their sons Jason and Jeremy and their families; cousins and their families, and many friends.

A memorial service will be held April 5, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Des Moines Activity Center, 2045 South 216th, Des Moines, WA 98198. Donations in his memory may be made to The ALS Association, 19115 68th Ave. So., Kent, WA, 98032; or PAWS, PO Box 1037, Lynnwood, WA, 98046; or Plant Amnesty, PO Box 15377, Seattle, 98115.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 23, 2014
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