HARRY EMANUEL ANDERSON, JR.
April 26, 1928 ˜ June 20, 2021
Harry Emanuel Anderson, Jr., age 93, passed away June 20, 2021, in Vancouver, WA. He was born April 26, 1928, to parents Harry Anderson, Sr. and Mary Madalyn McIntire. Family members include his wife of 63 years, Carol; daughters, Dianne and Maria; parents-in-law, Rose and Sterling Ellison; aunts, Lillian (Adam) Matthew, Ruth (Ed) Chedister; uncles, Roy, Carl (Anne) Anderson; sisters, Marianne (Rev. Dean Nelson, Lutheran Archbishop S. California), Veronica (Alex) Novy; brother-in-law, Ronald (Sandy) Ellison; sisters-in-law, Claudia (Bill) Crumbaker, Rosalie (John) Marshall; nieces, Kiersten Nelson (Keith Calabrese), Mary Beth Novy Gudim, Lori Ellison (Mike) Walker; nephews, Marc Nelson, Ron Allen (Jean) Ellison, Randy Crumbaker. Other relatives include aunt, Vera (Sam) Riforgiat; cousins, Jean (Dick) Wohler, Madalyn Anderson, Ed (Pauline) Chedister, Jack (Barbara) Chedister, Carol Ann (Murph) Howe, Leroy (Pauline) Anderson, Elvira Riforgiat, Buddy Riforgiat, George Riforgiat; numerous second cousins; great-nephews and great-nieces.
Harry attended the Locke Elementary, Nixon Jr. High, Kelvyn Park HS, Wright College, and Northwestern University (Chicago). He was member of American Society of Metallurgical Engineers and American Society of Value Engineers. Employed by Joseph T. Ryerson & Son for 47 years. Ryerson produced industrial steel, aluminum, titanium, zirconium and industrial plastics. Clients included paper mills, ports, commercial and home builders, machine shops, auto parts, mfg., educational districts, local and state highway departments, ship builders, and Boeing, where he met Carol, who was employed by Boeing in Engineering Personnel. Ryerson required Harry paid transfers to Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Belleview, and Vancouver. It was difficult for the family to be separated from relatives, friends, and schools.
Harry was recognized as one of the highest selling accounts managers in the western territory, including California. This continued and he became #1 in sales in the company. He had great support from his inside sales staff, local, and national company managers. His co-workers called him “The Legend.”
Harry was a terrific dancer. This prowess admitted him as the only Swede in the Norwegian club. He and Carol competed in many dance contests. Harry also loved to water and snow ski. He taught Dianne and Maria to snow ski. Both daughters excelled in downhill ski races. He taught Carol to drive a stick shift car. Harry belonged to bowling teams, enjoyed playing golf, 50-year member of Green Meadows Golf and Country Club, member of Glendoveer Golf Club while living in Portland. He was selected as the Council 37 Knights of Columbus Grand Knight. With members from the Knights, they formed the Athletic Club. Their mission was to provide funds for Old Ben Franklin, Lincoln school’s students to provide couches, athletic fees, team uniforms, team shoes, and athletic equipment in the boys and girls sports of basketball, volleyball, tennis, baseball, softball, soccer, swim team, and ski team. They also funded transportation to events. The Knights were also supported by parents and church members. Fundraisers for these youth programs included carnivals, wine tasting, spaghetti dinners, New Year’s Eve dinner parties with live bands, variety shows and beer gardens. These events were widely supported by the community. Harry recruited the Knights members to go door-to-door weekly, soliciting food and clothing for the needy. The quantities filled numerous warehouse trucks.
At the age of 50, Harry enrolled in a P.E. class at Portland State University. He joined running programs, ran numerous years in the Shamrock Run, ran three Portland marathon races, ran numerous Cascade run off races, Nordstrom run on Broadway preceding the Portland Rose Parade, the Clark Co. Running Club, and ran between the states. With other team members, he ran a three-day relay race starting at Mt. Hood and ending in Seaside, OR. They ran all night, all day in the Hood-to-Coast Relay Race. Harry participated in this race two times, his first entry at age 70.
Harry retired at age 67. He took up landscape gardening, resulting in having one of the most beautifully landscaped yards in the area. He and Carol, often travelling with family, travelled to many countries and cities. They went to Vienna, Austria and Stockholm, Sweden to discover their Roots. They went to Italy, Spain, France, England, Ireland, Germany, Brussels, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Bosnia, Hong Kong, Japan, Ceylon, India, Australia, Capri, Cannes, New Zealand, New York, Mardi Gras, Louisiana, Sicily, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Mediterranean, Russia, Ukraine, Palestine, Israel, Mexico City, Panama, Havana, Venezuela, Brazil. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1996 in Hawaii. They travelled summers and school breaks until Carol also retired at 67 from the Vancouver School District. Trips included Canada, Alaska, Egypt, the Beaches of Normandy, the Louvre, Venice, Rome, and the Philippines. They travelled by cruises (their favorite), planes, ships, trains, busses, and automobiles.
When Harry was 80, he and Carol joined a group of ten in the goal of contacting every home and business in Vancouver, soliciting signature petitions to halt the transportation of fracked oil by rail/ship in the Columbia River and Vancouver areas. The group became aware of the extreme danger when a train in Canada exploded, spreading deadly carcinogenic contaminants to a large area which would render the affected area uninhabitable for years. An explosion like this could take out the Gorge. They walked for miles from AM until dark. After 3.5 years, they had gathered 346,000 petition signatures to present to the governor requesting outlawing fracked oil train and ship transportation. Governor Inslee responded to these petitions by outlawing such transportation of fracked oil in our area.
Harry had a wonderful life despite the challenge to recover from painful injuries and surgeries. Most of all, he loved his family dearly. He will be sorely missed. The family is especially grateful to those friends and neighbors who rendered help and support at the end of his life and beyond. These include Mary Ellen and Ed, Joe Segram, Don and Marie, Jim Cavanaugh, Anne Marie, Jim, Susan, Gary and Ryan, Jim and Gloria, Jenny and R.C., Jean and Dan. The family is extremely grateful to the wonderful medical care by Dr. Bai and the nursing staff at PeaceHealth. Due to the pandemic, no funeral or memorial service is planned, to prevent any participants from contracting the coronavirus. The family very much appreciates Dave of Hamilton, Mylan Funeral Parlor for all his help. Memorials in Harry’s name may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or the Salvation Army to help feed or clothe needy citizens.
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Published by The Columbian on Sep. 19, 2021.