June 13, 1921 — Nov. 13, 2013
Lifelong area resident Ernest Roy Anderson, 92, passed away Nov. 13, 2013, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center, 401 W. Poplar, Walla Walla.
Ernie was born June 13, 1921, in Spokane to Roy and Opal Honn Anderson. He attended schools in Walla Walla, graduating from Walla Walla High School. On July 14, 1943, he and Myrtle Sornson married at the Dixie Nazarene Church. She passed away April 5, 2001. In November 2002, he and Audrey Wright married. She preceded him in death in 2010.
He was drafted into the Army Air Force in October 1942, serving until 1945 in the South Pacific as a crew chief for P-38 aircraft for 13th Air Force and 17th Photo Reconnnaissance.
Ernie loved farming and drove a wheat truck until he was 79 years old. He worked green pea harvest for several years for Green Rea, Ralph Rader and Martin Buchanan. He also worked winters for Stone Machinery. He enjoyed eating anything! He was a member of the Amazing Grace Church of the Nazarene, the Dixie Nazarene Church, Washington Wheat Growers, Walla Walla Farmers Co-op and Northwest Grain Growers.
He is survived by two daughters, Judy (Darrell) Benzel of Dixie and Lori (Daymon Marple) Anderson-Marple of Garfield, Wash.; his son, Don (Karen) Anderson also of Dixie; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way. In addition to Myrtle and Audrey, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Rick Anderson.
The funeral service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at the Amazing Grace Church of the Nazarene, 717 E. Alder, Walla Walla. Pastors Ron Alexander and Paul Willis will officiate. The graveside service and burial will be 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at the Dixie Cemetery. Pastor Paul Willis will officiate at the graveside service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Amazing Grace Church of the Nazarene or Disabled American Veterans through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Family and friends may share memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.