Earl Robert Anderson
Earl Robert Anderson was born on March 28, 1935 at Swedish Hospital to parents Clarice McPherron Anderson and Allen Robert Anderson. Earl attended Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington
, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. Following in his father's footsteps Earl spent his entire working life in the construction industry.
Earl did not like being idle and was happiest when working on a project. This could include designing, remodeling or making improvements on his home, baking bread, gardening or planning a trip. A life member of Seattle Yacht Club, Earl had a love of boats and boating. He owned his first boat, a Flattie, at the age of 12, later raced his Cal 40 and continued cruising and "messing around with boats" until the end of his life. A true Seattleite, Earl never wanted to be far from salt water and mountains, where he enjoyed skiing and hiking.
Earl died at his home on Friday, November 9th, with his family by his side. He gracefully coped with ALS for the last 18 months, and despite challenges, he frequently remarked on what a wonderful life he had lived. He is survived by his wife, Jan McPhee Anderson, daughters; Mary-lynn Ballew and Carolyn Rosenberg (David), his four beloved grandchildren Spencer, Augie, Claire and Josie and his brother, Wayne Anderson.
A celebration of Earl's life will be on Sunday, November 25 at the Sunset Club at 1021 University Street, Seattle 98101, at 3:00 pm. Valet parking is available and car-pooling is recommended. There will be a Memorial Reception for Skyline Residents and Staff on November 20 in the Skyline Lounge on Tues, November 20 from 3 to 5 pm. Remembrances may be made to one of the following charities; The Bellevue Botanical Garden, The Humane Society, Planned Parenthood, The Salvation Army or Providence Hospice of Seattle.