POLSON Gordon "Gordy" Raymond Anderson, 86, of Polson, a World War II US Navy veteran, died Friday, Feb. 15, at his home surrounded by his family's love, as he wanted.
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Services have taken place. Grogan Funeral Home of Polson handled arrangements.
Gordy was born April 16, 1926, in Great Falls, to Henry and Anna Anderson. He began working at a very early age to help support the family before enlisting in the Navy. He was an adventurous young man who enjoyed racing cars on dirt tracks, working with wood, and in his later years, painting as well.
In 1947, Gordy married Rozella Fleming, until she passed in 1980. On Sept. 4, 1981, he married his best friend and the love of his life, Yvonne Rose Anderson, and her wonderful children, who would know him also as "Dad."
Gordy started his own auto body repair shop in Polson (Anderson Body Shop) before going on to working in maintenance at St. Joseph's Retirement Center, where he met Bill and Cindy McDonald, who became very great friends of the family.
Gordy was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Anna Anderson; two brothers; four sisters; and his daughter, Patricia Mills.
Gordy was the only son in this Anderson family to have son. Neil is the last of this line of Andersons. Survivors include the love of his life, Yvonne Anderson; his children, Neil (Maggie) Anderson, Joe McQuire, Bud (Allie) McQuire, Frank (Carolyn) McQuire, Debbie Slack, Elaine (Mars) Scott, Carla Skiles, Fordyce (LaRese) Erickson, Tammie (Eric) Farley, Mike (Laurie) Erickson and a daughter-in-law forever, Robin Erickson. He also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, and many, many great-grandchildren. The number of lifelong friends he will leaves behind are countless, and the wonderful memory he leaves behind in this community is enormous.
Condolences may be sent to Yvonne Anderson, 102 Kootenai Ave. #3, Polson, MT 59460.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 28, 2013