Walter M. "Walt" Anderson
November 1, 1929 - May 19, 2011
Walter M. Anderson, also known as "Andy" or "Mr. A",
81, passed away peacefully in his sleep May 19, 2011, at
Rose Arbor Assisted Living in Hermiston, Oregon.
Born November 1, 1929, in Camas, Washington, to
Victor and Esther Loring Anderson, he was the third
of four children. He attended school at Columbia Academy
in Meadow Glade, Washington and graduated in 1947
from Walla Walla College Academy now Walla Walla Valley Academy.
On Oct. 3, 1948, he married DeLaine Freund. They lived
briefly in Fort Worth, Texas and Loma Linda, California doing
construction before returning to this area. Throughout his years
he was a timber faller, logging in the Blue Mountains and built
several homes in the Walla Walla Valley and TriCities. In 1968
he purchased then Ed's Market and that was the beginning of
now Andy's Market in College Place. He believed in building a
business that would serve his community with healthful living
choices and was the first in the region to introduce bulk foods.
He was a life member of the Village Seventh-day Adventist
Church, serving on many committees including the building
committee for their present facility. He also served as a head
elder. He was also the first board chairman for Canvasback Missions
and served on the Walla Walla General Hospital board
for many years. After he retired at Andy's, then Walla Walla
College asked him to put his business acumen to work on the
dairy the college had at that time. He worked there for a couple
of years until he went back to Andy's full time.
As a young man he loved riding his Harley Davidson. He
had a passion for work and often said "If the job is worth doing,
it is worth doing right." He will be remembered by hundreds in
his store "family".
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-laws, Connie
and Dennis Burke of Hermiston, grandchildren Rebecca
Burke, Rachele and Luke, great grandson Garrison Burke-Chilson.
Lynette and Dave Gordon of Walla Walla, grand children
Erik and Carlie Hatley-Gordon, great grandson Finnegan, Vicki
and Newt Zanes, great grand daughters, Audra, Elliot and
Amelia; a brother, LeRoy Anderson of Home Valley, WA; two
sisters-in-law, Marlene Freund of Walla Walla, and Bette Anderson
of Walla Walla and nephews Kirk and Tyler Anderson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, DeLaine, his sister,
Lillian, and a brother, Arthur.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Walla Walla
Valley Academy Worthy Student Fund through Mountain
View-Colonial Dewitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla,
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook