July 24, 1927 ~ March 8, 2014|
Francis LeRoy Anderson-our loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, veteran of two wars, and selfless friend-passed away surrounded by family on March 8, 2014. He was a kind man, good to the core, with a remarkable sense of humor and a deep love for family, country, and making the world a better place. Everyone who met "Roy" or "Andy" became an instant friend. He always saw the positive in people and made the best of every situation. Roy was born July 24, 1927 in Delta, Utah to Elliott L. and Grace Whitehead Anderson. He proudly joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 to fight for his country in World War II. He later also served in the Korean War and earned numerous decorations and honors, including the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and the Navy Commendation Medal. He married Lois Evalyn Hansen, the love of his life, on August 2, 1949 following his first discharge from the Navy. They were sealed in the LDS Manti Temple on May 23, 1959. They lived in Springville and Roosevelt before moving to Murray, where they have resided for over 50 years. Roy was a loyal, devoted husband and a loving, faithful father and grandfather. He was always there for his children and enjoyed many activities and outings with them, including camping, hunting, and traveling. More than just a father, he was a collector, a master fix-it man, an expert bargain shopper, and an amateur doctor and pharmacist. His grandchildren counted him as their best friend, playmate, and hero. Following the war, Roy worked as a telephone lineman for Mountain States Telephone, eventually becoming a high-level manager and supervisor for five states. He retired in 1982 and enjoyed extensive travels with his family and especially Lois. They visited every state, except Hawaii, in their motorhome and also traveled to Canada, Mexico, and took seven cruises. When he did something, Roy put his all into it. He was a perfectionist in the best sense of the word and prided himself in doing things neatly and precisely. He was the ultimate jokester and brought joy to all around him with his sharp wit and keen sense of humor. He loved pranks, laughter, learning, and people, and he was deeply loved in return. He was infinitely polite, kind, compassionate, and a consummate gentleman. His character was unmatched.
Roy is survived by his wife, Lois; his three children, Kurt (Nancy) Anderson, Kristine (Lynn) Davies, and Karalee (Bill) Kalikakis; his grandchildren, Kasey and Kevin (Mallorie) Anderson, Lincoln (Kathy) and Tara Davies, and Jamie (Joseph) Cheney and Andrew Kalikakis; and five great-grandchildren, Anderson, Carter, and Cambria Davies and Tymon and Laykin Cheney. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Fred; and his sister, Marge Carson.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 11 at noon at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3401 Highland Drive. A viewing will be held at the same location on Monday, March 10 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and for one hour prior to the funeral. A burial with military honors will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Published in Deseret News from Mar. 9 to Mar. 10, 2014