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Austin W. Andersen

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Austin W. Andersen, 89, of Houston, formerly of Rigby, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013, at his home.

He was born Aug. 6, 1923, in Rigby, the sixth child of 10 children born to Albert Andersen and Vida Ester Waters Andersen.

Austin attended Rigby High School, where he met Lillie Baron. They were married March 4, 1943, in the Logan, Utah, LDS Temple and were blessed with five daughters.

Austin moved his family in 1957 to California to begin his career as a swimming pool plasterer. In 1965, he moved his family to Houston, where he eventually started Austin Pool Plastering, a family-owned business. Austin retired at age 65.

In 1995, he lost his wife of 52 years, Lillie. Two years later, he married Ona Brandon; they were together for 16 years until his death.

Austin was a member of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints. He had a great love of country music, gardening and playing games. Above all, he loved his family and cherished the time they spent together.

He is survived by his wife, Ona of Houston; his brother, Calvin Andersen of Rupert, Idaho; his children, Sharon and Bob Tomlinson of Houston, LaDean Shaftoe of Kennewick, Wash., Marsha Bodily of Idaho Falls, Geraldine and Rick Brooks of Houston, and Brenda and Alan Williams of Houston; 27 grandchildren; 82 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie; his siblings, Eugene Andersen, Milton Andersen, Raymond Andersen, Verda Pelton, Elmo Andersen and Donna Barney; his son-in-law, Robert L. Shaftoe; his grandson, Brian Tomlinson; and great-grandson, Adam Davis.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Ammon LDS Chapel, 2150 Avocet Ave. in Ammon. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Annis-Little Butte Cemetery under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.

Published in Post Register on May 9, 2013
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