Wayne Edward Anderson

Oct 24, 1936 – Jan 6, 2015

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Wayne Edward Anderson

Wayne Edward Anderson, 78, of Tacoma, Washington went to heaven on January 6, 2015, after a long struggle with cancer.  Born in Montrose, South Dakota, of George and Irene Anderson, married to Janice Anderson.

Honorably discharged from the Army, Wayne settled in Portland, Oregon.  Started in the auto business.  Moved to Seattle in 1964 and worked for Chuck Olson Oldsmobile/Chevrolet.  In October 1983 he started Burien Toyota.  Wayne retired in 1999.  Wayne was an avid golfer, member of Inglewood, Citrus, Hideaway and Fircrest Golf Clubs.  Wayne was very proud of his 4 holes in one. 

Past member of Prince of Peace Lutheran and was a current member of Emmanuel Lutheran in Tacoma.

Wayne enjoyed fishing, playing cards and gardening.  Survived by his wife, Janice of 57 years, son Dean (Mona), daughter Elaine (John), son Alan (Marilyn).  Grandchildren: Christopher, Nichole, Stephanie, Wayne, Andrew, Nicholas and Brett.  Great-grandchildren:  Caitlin, Carter, Charley, Christian and Nora.  Siblings:  Myron, Verlyn, Earl, Leanne and Lyle, and many dear friends. 

Thank you Wayne, for all the love and life lessons, we have learned from you.  We will carry these in our hearts forever.

In lieu of flowers; donations may be made to:

            Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course

            PO Box 99608

            Tacoma, WA  98496


Matt Harnish
Gig Harbor, WA
Jan 13, 2015

I will miss Wayne very much! He was a true joy to be around & was very tough to beat on the golf course. He was a great man; had a great family & will truly be missed by all.

Ron Thompson
Laguna Niguel, ca
Jan 12, 2015

I always look forward to seeing Wayne at the Hideaway and had the honor to play with him and Alan during a member/guest event. Wayne was extremely gracious, genuinely engaging and a ton of fun. Always smiling and full of kind words. I will miss him.

My best and prayers to his family

Dave and Susan Hoyt
La Quinta, CA
Jan 12, 2015

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. His awesome smile will be greatly missed here at The Hideaway!

Love and hugs to all of you.

Pam & Terry Stallcop
Auburn, WA
Jan 12, 2015

Terry & I are tremendously sorry for the passing of such a wonderul man.

He took the job of being a great husband, father and awesome papa very seriously. He lived life surrounded by the people he loved, knowing that they loved him just as much. He will be truely missed but never forgotten.

We are truely blessed to have had in our life.

Pam & Terry

jennifer Lemcke
indian wells , ca
Jan 11, 2015

Wayne was a true gentle man. He was full of compassion for his fellow man, and he would reach out for people in their time of need and try and help .

He helped me out in my time of need and I will never forget his kindness .

My heart will never forget him and he set an example that is

forever with me.

He will be missed and I am so sorry for the family.

Jiffy Lemcke

Robert W McDonald, III
Austin, TX
Jan 9, 2015

I feel very fortunate to have known Wayne over the past ten years at The Hideaway.

He was one of the kindest and most thoughtful of our wonderful membership, was upbeat and supportative and a joy to be around.

My best to his family. We know you have lost someone that was truly special.


Shelly graves
Olalla , Wa
Jan 9, 2015

Uncle Wayne you were a great example to me when I was young, and your kind words and kind heart touched my soul.You and auntie Jan did many many things in my life to make it better! Thank You, and I will see you in heaven.

Albert Caldwell Jr
Detroit, Mi
Jan 9, 2015

To the Anderson Family

I would like to take this time to express my condolences to the entire family. Yes we know that these are indeed difficult times for the family. Please take comfort in knowing that

God cares for you. He will never forget about you in dark period of your life. In fact, He shows love, concern and compassion not only for you, but also for Wayne. From the scriptures, God show His comfort. He tells you that soon all those who are in the memorial tomb or grave will come out to a resurrection of life.(John 5:28-29) Does that not sound good, to see Wayne and billions of others having their lives restored back to them. Well this is what God is promising to His earthly family. There are nine accounts in the bible that deals with the resurrection blessing from God. They are preserved in the bible so that our faith and trust in God will be strengthen. May we take this time to encourage you to give consideration to the many account. Please remember, that God has given us His word. He does not lie.(Titus 1:2)

Ted Klarich
Issaquah, Wa
Jan 9, 2015

What a great picture of you, Wayne. Good looking, tan skin, always a smile, and eye contact showing genuine interest in the person in front of you. I've known you for half of my life. I met you right after I graduated from college and began working at Burien Toyota. You took a liking to me right away. How lucky was I to have the owner giving me "talks", and passing along advise and bits of wisdom? But you weren't just ANY owner. Little did I know that you would become one of my dearest friends and favorite golfing buddies. And I'm probably the only other person to wear your tennis raquet blazer. I always admired your competetivenss, sense of humor, and you were a gentleman in every sense of the word. I'll make you a promise. If that tennis raquet blazer ever turns up, I'll wear it around the dealership for a day in honor of you! Thank you and I love you Wayne.

Chuck Olson
Edmonds, Wa
Jan 8, 2015

I have known Wayne since 1959 and worked with him until 1983. Wayne was a high quality friend and business partner for many years..His passing was sad news for me but Wayne was a good Christian and his soul lives on - we will meet again.


Tony Michaels
Renton, Wa
Jan 8, 2015

Itís not often we have someone in our lives with such great qualities. Wayne was a champion of integrity. Unselfish , humble and patient . He didnít tell you about character Ö he showed you how to live with it .He made you better by being around him and you were ALWAYS happy to see him. Teacher .. mentor.. coach.. friend.. I know that everytime I make a good shot on the golf course or in

life.. Iíll take a look around..youíll be there.

p.s.When you're in heaven playing 18 with Jesus,,and he needs a 3 foot putt to tie you...just GIVE IT TO HIM !! It could pay dividends!!

Sophia Hall
Tacoma, Wa
Jan 8, 2015

You were one of a kind. I miss seeing you in the yard already! Thank you for your kindness always! And I'm sorry we never had that vino down south! You were an awesome neighbor. Thank you for your sweetness to the girls and I always! See you again friend. I bet you have one heck of a garden to play in and the best of courses to play! I bet you up your hole in one numbers!

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