James Ernest Anderegg
James Ernest Anderegg, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and longstanding member of the greater Seattle business community died on March 11, 2013. Jim was born on July 17, 1940 in Birmingham, Alabama to parents, Fred and Elsie Anderegg. Jim attended Auburn University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1962. Jim was the lead singer in a band in college called The Playboys. Jim continued to enjoy playing and listening to music his entire life. His first job out of school was for Brown Engineering in Huntsville, Alabama, working on the Apollo Project for NASA
. He later moved to Cape Canaveral to work for Chrysler Corporation on the Apollo launch sites. In 1966 he moved to Marietta, Georgia to work on the C5A at Lockheed Martin. Finally, in 1967, he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he would spend most of his adult career. He moved to work on the 747 project for Boeing. Jim fell in love with the beauty of the Northwest. He saw Mt Rainier soon after arriving in the area and had to drive there immediately to experience it up close. He continued to hike and camp in the Northwest, eventually summiting Mt Rainier. Jim also ran a great deal, completing several half marathons. Jim received his masters in civil engineering/engineering mechanics from the University of Washington
in 1972. He worked as a structural engineer for the next ten years, with a one year break to work for Opel car company in Russelsheim, Germany. In 1982, he went to work for Mutual Materials, holding a variety of positions and eventually holding the presidency. Jim was incredibly influential in the brick and concrete masonry industries, holding a variety of industry association positions and influencing building codes nationwide. Jim loved University of Washington sports, attending in person the Huskies first bowl win in many years in the 2010 Holiday Bowl against Nebraska, then a few short months later watching the Husky basketball team win the Pac - 10 championship in Los Angeles. Jim always enjoyed spending time with his family, spending time in the outdoors skiing, cycling and other outdoor activities or just sitting at home enjoying conversation, a movie or watching a favorite sports team on the television. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Laurie; his brother, Jack; his parents, Fred and Elsie and his aunt, Florence Townsend. He is survived by his wife, Susan; his children: Kendall (Dan Evans) and Jimmy (Nicole); his stepchildren: Michael, Lexi and Taylor and his granddaughter, Gwendolyn.
There will be a private family burial. There will be a Celebration of Jim's life on April 6 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Cast Iron Studios at 10650 NE 6th in Bellevue. All are invited to come share stories, love and celebrate the amazing life he lived. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to: The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition: www.shydrager.org