Hilmer Anderson 1917 ~ 2006 An amazing man was called back to our heavenly father on December 12, 2006. Hilmer J. Anderson was born on April 11, 1917 in Nederland, Colorado to Hilmer Anderson Sr. and Anna Munson Anderson. After graduating from high school, went to work for the USDA Bureau of Roads and in October 1937 married Frances Simonich. Pete and Frances moved to Tooele, Utah in 1939 where he worked as a miner in the Elton Tunnel until he lost his sight in a mine explosion in 1942, after which he took a training course for a Seeing Eye dog in New Jersey. He also sold automobile and fire insurance and later opened Andy's confectionery on Vine Street. In 1948 Pete went to Vancouver, Washington and completed a two year piano tuning course. Upon returning to Tooele, Pete got a job at the Tooele Army Depot working as a radio equipment inspector where he retired 25 years later. He was also a HAM radio operator, his call sign being KR7V. He was preceded in death by parents Hilmer and Anna Anderson Sr.; son Robert (Bobby) Anderson; Sisters Florence Anderson, Betty Shaw, Varion Hinshaw, Adeline Boatright and Anna Hinshaw. Survivors include his loving wife of 69 years, Frances Anderson; daughter Frances (Don) Arbon; grandchildren David Arbon, Lisa (Ray) Stewart, Pam (Ron) Fonger, Liz (Jimmy) Arellano and seven great-grandchildren. Grandpa, we love you, you will be greatly missed. You never failed to inspire us. Thank you. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 16th at 10:00 am at St. Marguerites in Tooele with a visitation from 9-10 am prior to the service. Interment Tooele City Cemetery.
Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Dec. 14, 2006.