Austin W. Andersen, 89, of Houston Texas, formerly of Rigby, Idaho, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013, at his home.
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He was born Aug. 6, 1923, in Rigby Idaho, 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 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, Texas where he eventually started, Austin Pool Plastering; a family owned business. Austin retired at age 65. In 1995, he lost his wife, Lillie, of 52 years. 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, Texas, his brother, Calvin Andersen, of Rupert, Idaho; his children, Sharon and Bob Tomlinson, of Houston, Texas; LaDean Shaftoe, of Kennewick, Wash.; Marsha Bodily, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Geraldine and Rick Brooks, of Houston, Texas; Brenda and Alan Williams, of Houston, Texas; 27 grandchildren and 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, 2013, at The Ammon LDS Chapel, 2150 Avocet Ave., Ammon, Idaho. The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main Street, Rigby, and Saturday, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the 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.
Eckersell Funeral Home
101 West Main St. Rigby, ID 83442
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on May 9, 2013