JERRY WILLIAM ANDERSON

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Jerry William Anderson, born 1-15-1944 at Buckley, Washington to John William Anderson and Alice June Hancock Anderson.

Died 2/29/2014 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Seattle after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He maintained a positive attitude and never complained. Jerry had a great love for everyone especially his family. His ever present smile was endearing to everyone.

Jerry grew up in Arlington, WA., graduating from Arlington High in 1962.

Upon graduation he enlisted in the US Army. During much of his enlistment he was stationed in Germany where he was an award winning tank driver. He served during the Viet Nam Era with the 11th Armored Calvary -- The Black Horse Regiment and was an Honor Guard in Washington, D.C.

After his discharge he lived in Pennsylvania for a short while before returning to Arlington with his then wife, Marion and their son, David. He worked for Weyerhauser until he was no longer able to work. Jerry later married Norma Jean.

On 4/4/94 Jerry married Jeannette Rockstad-Krause. She cared for him for many years in their home and they also enjoyed trips throughout the Pacific Northwest in their specially equipped motor home. A highlight for them was their Inland Passage cruise to Alaska.

When it was no longer possible to care for him at home he eventually entered the VA Medical Center Transitional Care Unit and remained there until his death. Heartfelt thanks to Vicky Kirk and all the medical staff who provided outstanding care for him throughout the years.

Preceding Jerry in death in 1946 was his father, John William Anderson. Also his parents Hjalmer Esper and Alice June Hancock Anderson Espe, brother Larry Espe, sister-in-law Linda Anderson and brother-in-law David Kuyper.
He is survived by his wife Jeannette Anderson, his son, David Anderson, grandchildren Bradley, Brian (Kaitlin) and Amanda, sister Nancy Espe Jordan, brother Bob Anderson, sister-in-law Louise Kuyper, and sister-in-law Roxie Lee Rockstad and many nieces, nephews and cousins as well as aunts Theda Anderson and Elizabeth Hancock.

Jerry's ashes will be placed at Mount Tahoma National Cemetery with Military Honors on April 7th at 11:30 a.m. There will be a brief service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater Seattle.

There will be a celebration of his life at Noon on Saturday, April 19th at the American Legion Post #76, 115 North Olympic, Arlington. There will be a short memorial service followed by a potluck luncheon and fellowship. Family and friends are invited to attend.