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Arnold George (Andy) Anderson

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Arnold George (Andy) Anderson Obituary
ARNOLD GEORGE (ANDY) ANDERSON Arnold George (Andy) Anderson passed away of natural causes while residing at the Redding Veterans Administration Home in Redding, California on January 8, 2018 at the age of 89. He was born March 12, 1928 in Esplie Township, Marshall County, Minnesota to Emil Anderson and Thonnie(Nomeland) Anderson. Arnold was the seventh of eight children who grew up together on the family farm in Grygla, Minnesota. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Just out of high school he enlisted and served in the Marine Corps from 1946-1948 attaining the rank of Corporal. He later served in the Air Force Reserves as Airman First Class from 1951-1953. Arnold earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Concordia Teachers College in Elgin, Illinois and later earned a Masters degree in Education from Chico State University. He retired from a long career as an insurance salesman after many years as a teacher in public, private and Job Corps schools. He married Josephine Carlyle (Ki) Badgett in 1950 and together they raised five children: Sandie Lee (Anderson) Tillery, Wallace Emil Wiebe-Anderson, Aaron Carlyle Anderson, Janice Carroll (Anderson) Abbasov, and Linnea Josephine (Anderson) Wantz. They were married for 21 years. Arnold married twice more to Alice Berry and Margaret Baldwin. He enjoyed the attentions and affections of 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Arnold prided himself on being a life-long learner. He loved to read the works of free thinkers with progressive messages, loved poetry and classical music, loved to "says his words" and enjoyed road trips and spontaneous adventures to hike and enjoy the natural world along the way. He had a passion for imparting words of wisdom on a variety of subjects, always with the underlying mission of inspiring young and old to choose to live with a positive and hopeful outlook and lifestyle. He was a friend to everyone he met. Arnold served as a volunteer peer counselor in Humboldt County to disabled adults for 25 years, helping many receive appropriate services and providing friendship though his regular visits. He also became a master teacher for "The Virtues Project." He presented the concept of living according to principles of the 52 prescribed virtues in high schools and community groups. He worked with Community Access Television to produce programs promoting the project and sharing his own wisdom. Arnold taught through Humboldt State University's OLLI program for about 10 years with classes about the Virtues Project and other topics. And for several years he had a one-minute radio spot on KHUM radio sharing ideas from the Virtues Project. In Arnold's own words at age 86, "I learned a long time ago to accept things as they are-don't deny, don't hate. I don't 'rage against the night' but go gently into the 'Shadows.' I've had many full years of living "my way" (within limits) as a very independent person. I needed to 'say my words' as a teacher and a salesman. I was free to do it 'my way.' I go with full confidence that I will be welcome into the arms of a loving God." A memorial service will be held on January 26 at 2 pm at the Bayside Unitarian Universalist Church, 24 Fellowship Way, Bayside, CA. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Jan. 21 to Jan. 24, 2018
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