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Marvin Arthur "Buzz" Anderson

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Marvin Arthur "Buzz" Anderson Obituary
Marvin Arthur "Buzz" Anderson

Marvin Arthur "Buzz" Anderson died peacefully at the age of 85 on Saturday, December 8, 2012, surrounded by his family.

Born June 15, 1927 to Arthur and Leora Anderson, Buzz was a third generation Seattleite and a Columbia City Pioneer. He attended Columbia Grade School, Franklin High School (class of 1945), Whitman College, graduated with a BA in Business from the University of Washington, and served in the Navy. A member of Columbia Congregational Church, it was there Buzz met his lovely bride, Joanne Andersen, who sang in the church choir.

Buzz worked his entire career at the family business of Grayson & Brown Furniture & Hardware in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle. He was active in the Rainier Valley Rotary Club, Rainier Chamber of Commerce, and Northwest Furniture Retailers' Association, serving as president of all three. He was awarded the Rainier Chamber of Commerce John L. O'Brien Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, and was named a Paul Harris Fellow for Rotary International. He was instrumental in the revival of the Columbia City neighborhood, and guided the transition of the Columbia Pioneers organization into the Rainier Valley Historical Society, serving as president for many years. He played a pivotal role in getting Columbia City on the National Historic Registry. Because of his devotion to community service, he was inducted into the Franklin High School Hall of Fame in 1998.

He was an avid sailor and member of the Corinthian Yacht Club, and was an outstanding, self-taught photographer and gardener. Buzz will be remembered as a generous, soft-spoken, kind and very capable man. He was a seeker of knowledge, curious about all around him, and could fix and do anything he set his mind to. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and fondly remembered as "the wizard."

Buzz is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Joanne, sons Dean (Tracie) of Auburn, Paul (Jill) of Redmond, daughters Mary Ellen Anderson of Petersburg, Alaska, and Jody Zumwalt (Ed) of Gig Harbor, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, sister Shirley Peringer of Seattle, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life and reception will be held on January 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center Event Hall, located at Stan Sayres Pits, 3800 Lake Washington Blvd South. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rainier Valley Historical Society (, or an Alzheimer's research foundation of your choice.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 16, 2012
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