Francis Anderson
1930 - 2021

Francis (Andy) Anderson

1930 - 2021

Francis (Andy) Anderson was born August 11, 1930 to Wilbur and Glee Anderson in Sedan, Kansas. They moved from the family farm in Missouri to Vallejo, Ca when he was a boy and he graduated from Vallejo High School in 1948. Andy was an accomplished athlete in track, football and boxing - taking on opponents older and bigger than he and coming out the victor when he was just a teenager.

He enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served during the Korean War as a radio operator. He was a Marine through and through his entire life.

Andy married Doylene (Dee) Price of Benicia in 1953 and they welcomed a daughter, Cindy, in 1954. He began the apprenticeship program at Mare Island Naval Shipyard and worked in electrical, Shop 51, working his way up to general foreman. Andy and Dee moved to Napa and had a second daughter, Sherry, in 1960. The family spent 2 years at Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines from 1972-74 where Andy worked at the Ship Repair Facility. He and Dee returned to Subic in 1982 where he finished his final five years, retiring as Shop Superintendent.

Andy was always a lover of the great outdoors, spending many happy times with friends over the years hunting, fishing, backpacking and camping. He realized his dream of retiring to Wyoming where he and Dee had many adventures and he lived until 2019 when he moved back to Napa to be closer to daughter Sherry. His last 24 years in Wyoming were spent in Cody where he leaves behind so many cherished friends.

Andy was a beloved Dad and Grandad. His sense of humor and love of animals will live on in his children and grandchildren. He loved going out to breakfast, walking (he could out-walk his grandkids well into his 80's) and rhubarb pie.

He will be sorely missed and we will raise a glass of his favorite red wine once we can again gather.

Andy passed away on January 23 at the age of 90. He was predeceased by his mother and father, his brother Richard and his wife, Dee. He is survived by daughters Cindy Kleiner and Sherry Hanson (Greg), grandkids Brian Shaunessy (Ellen), Kara Emig (Peter), Mark Shaunessy (Angela), Blake Hanson(Matt), Casey Shaunessy (Laura) and Gage Hanson (Cynthia). Also great granddaughters Francesca, Charlotte and Eloise Emig.

No services will be held at this time. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

A special thank you to Dr Alex De Moraes and the angels at Napa Valley Senior Living for taking such excellent care of him in his final months (especially Krystal Smith and Ian, Renee and Suzy). He loved you all.

We love you (Grand) Dad and will miss you. Semper Fi.

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Published by Napa Valley Register on Jan. 26, 2021.
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Andy was my Dad and I loved him more than words can say. I was lucky enough to spend lots of time visiting him in Cody and then in Napa. We had so much eating out and talking while drinking wine. He told me the story of his life which was such a gift. He was such a soft caring man who wouldn't hurt a fly but he liked to think he could. He loved to laugh and found every opportunity to do so. He was an animal lover like me and treated his dogs like they were family. I will forever miss his smile, his hugs and and his unconditional love for me
Cindy Kleiner
February 14, 2021
Francis was promoted to general foreman in Shop 51, the Electric Shop, while I was Shop Superintendent in the early 1970s. He was well respected among his fellow supervisors and was very effective in guiding the efforts of his foremen in the complex field of submarine repair and conversion. While I did not share interests outside of work with him as did other contributors, I had an appreciation for most of his outdoor pursuits. I have an appreciation for his career ambitions which led him to Subic Bay and beyond where he also achieved superintendent status. He was always receptive to challenging assignments in uncharted areas. I offer my condolences to his family and will remember him with great respect. I wish Francis fair winds and following seas.
Dennis Albright
February 6, 2021
Andy was my boss at Subic Bay from 1984 until he retired in 1987. He was always a font of common sense and fairness in all his dealings. He was a great friend as well, teaching me the art of skeet and trap as well as hunting birds, which we were able to do in the rural areas around the Naval Base. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him and will stay in the hearts and minds of my family as well.
Michael Wray
February 6, 2021
Andy was a work associate and good friend at MINSY. We worked together for a while in the Test Dept. of Shop 51. Andy, as I remember, was always industrious and turned out quality work. We visited at the last Code 950 Retirees' Luncheon. It was nice seeing him again after all these years. May God bless his soul, the world was blessed with your presence. Jack Case
John P. Case
February 6, 2021
So sorry for your loss. He hired me in the early 70s. Good friend and a great person.
Joseph Tripodo
February 6, 2021
my deepest condolences to the Anderson family during this time, it was my honor to have worked and taken care of Andy at Napa Valley Senior living, he was a great man will be miss i will miss watching boxing with him and going out for walks around the Hamilton house block. I will miss his jokes and always greeting us at the door with a big "HELLO"
Christine Gomez
February 4, 2021
Mark & Angela
January 26, 2021
The epitome of a life well lived. Just a great guy with a pixie sense of humor. My thoughts go out to his family with his passing. RIP Andy.
larry Derr
January 26, 2021