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Thursday, December 7, 2023
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Eugene “Andy” Edward Anderson, a man known for his strong work ethic and dedication to his family, passed away on November 20, 2023, at the Veteran’s Home in Yountville, CA. He was born on March 23, 1930, in Nome, ND. Eugene led a remarkable life that was filled with various accomplishments and cherished moments.
As a young boy, the oldest with ten siblings, growing up on a farm, Eugene learned the value of hard work at an early age. He milked cows, plowed fields, harvested wheat and oats, and baled hay. From using a team of horses to later operating tractors, Eugene adapted to the changing times. Before enlisting in the Air Force, he worked for his father as a plumber. After retiring from the military, Eugene partnered with his brother Gerald to clean base housing in Omaha, NE. Later on, he moved to California and founded a successful carpet cleaning business. His motto to his son Eric who worked with him was, "Do it right the first time, and you won't have to do it again."
Eugene's professional achievements were matched by his love for adventure and spending quality time with his loved ones. He and his wife enjoyed traveling along the California, Oregon, and Washington coastline for six months a year. They even embarked on an unforgettable journey to Alaska via the Alaskan Highway with their trailer. Despite encountering two blowouts during their trip, Eugene remained resilient and determined.
While Eugene was undoubtedly a hard worker, he always made time for his family. His warm personality endeared him to many who knew him as kind-hearted, honest, loving, giving, sharing, and trustworthy—a man who valued fairness above all else. He had an infectious laugh and loved captivating others with his stories and enjoyed the laughter of others also.
Eugene's thirst for knowledge extended to reading the newspaper daily; he particularly relished the comic page—an element of joy that brought a smile to his face.
With regard to education, Eugene was the only individual in his school to pass the eighth-grade exit exam. Moreover, he earned his GED while serving in the United States Air Force, where he enlisted at the age of 20 alongside his brother Gerald and cousin Merle. He dedicated 23 years to military service, retiring as a Master Sergeant (E7). His contributions as an administrative and pay clerk led to him being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Eugene's military service spanned both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, including a posting at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Vietnam during the intense Tet Offensive in 1968. He was also stationed in Minnesota, California, Louisiana, and Germany.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Eugene had a wide range of hobbies and interests that brought him happiness throughout his life. He enjoyed playing cards with his neighbors, indulging in games such as cribbage, bowling, golfing, and shooting pool. Eugene even tried his hand at curling on occasion. One of his cherished pastimes was watching his son Eric play baseball. He also made it a point to accompany Eric to fiddle contests—a tradition that created lasting memories for them both.
Among Eugene's proudest accomplishments was marrying Jeanne in 1966—an enduring partnership that lasted several decades until her passing in 2014. Furthermore, he experienced immense joy when his son Eric was born on his own birthday—a unique bond that brought them exceptionally close. Eugene's dedication to preserving and perpetuating Old-Time Fiddling led him to receive the prestigious Ross and Rae Huffman award for outstanding service to the California State Old-Time Fiddler's Association (CSOTFA). He remained a lifetime member of CSOTFA District 5. He resided in Orangevale, CA for 38 years and was a member of the Orangevale Church of Christ.
Eugene leaves behind a loving family and numerous friends who will forever cherish their memories with him. He is survived by his son Eric and daughter-in-law Sandi, his stepdaughter Jerrilyn Hennis, and his grandchildren: Owen, Julia, Roy, Angela, Stefanie, Jennifer, and Danny. Eugene is also survived by his siblings: Gerald, Jim, Shirley, Sandra, Ron, Janice, and Carol. He was preceded in death by his father James, mother Carla, sister Pearlene, brothers Donald, Dale, and Richard, and stepson James Mettz, who held a special place in Eugene's heart.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on December 6, 2023 at the Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel located at 6920 Destiny Dr., Rocklin, CA 95677. The service will begin at 13:00 and conclude at 16:00. A Graveside Service will follow on December 7, 2023 at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery located at 5810 Midway Road, Dixon CA 95620. The service will commence at 13:15 and conclude at approximately 13:45.
To support Eugene's favorite organization, the family kindly requests donations be made in Eugene's honor to the California State Old-Time Fiddler's Association (CSOTFA) to continue supporting and promoting the art of Old-Time Fiddling. Checks made payable to CSOTFA Dist. 5 Address: CSOTFA Dist. 5, C/O Jeff G., 617 Barcelona Ct., Roseville, CA 95747
Eugene Edward Anderson will be remembered as a remarkable individual who dedicated his life to hard work and selfless love for his family. May his legacy serve as an inspiration to all who knew him.
Thursday, December 7, 2023
1:15 - 1:45 pm (Pacific time)
Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
Please plan to arrive 30 minutes before the service. We will be guided to the pavilion just prior to the service. Military honors will take place during the service.