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Roderick J. (Rod) Anderson

Roderick (Rod) J. Andersen Burnt HillsRoderick (Rod) J. Andersen, 87, a former longtime resident and businessman in the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake area, died peacefully May 2, 2013, in Phoenix, AZ. He was born January 5, 1926, the son of Frank A. and Erma Schwarzkopf Andersen in Rhinebeck, NY. He served proudly in the U.S. Army during WWII with stints in Okinawa and Korea. He married Mildred Stahl on June 23, 1951, and they raised four sons, an accomplishment he was particularly proud of. He founded Andersen Boat Shop in Burnt Hills in the 1950s and, together with wife, Millie, built it into a thriving business. They retired to Cave Creek, AZ in the 1980s. Rod and Millie were avid motorhome travelers. Rod also enjoyed tinkering with Chevrolet Corvairs, especially more unique models, and making sparks with other projects in his backyard shop. He was preceded in death by wife, Millie, in 2009; and is survived by his brother, Donald Andersen; and sons, Alan J., Ronald F., Bruce P., and Eric J. Andersen; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service with military honors will be held at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix on Friday, May 17. Flowers and sentiments are being accepted through May 16 at the Cremation and Burial Chapel, 1130 S. Horne, Mesa, AZ. Rod and Millie's ashes will be interred at Calvary Episcopal Church Cemetery in Burnt Hills this fall.


Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on May 14, 2013
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