John Allan Anderson
Jun 26, 1952 – Sep 30, 2015
John was born and raised in Seattle, attended E.C. Hughes/Denny Jr. High/and Chief Sealth High, where he graduated in 1970. John was on the school gymnastics team. . His entrance college aptitude test showed very high scores in music, drama, and the very highest was off the charts in….adventure! And he delivered! He received his AA degree in Aviation Business in 1972 from Highline College.
John went to work for Flying Tigers Airline until the company layoff in 1983. The next year he helped his brother build his house in Vancouver until Flying Tigers, later FedEx, recalled him to Anchorage where he retired 30 years later as a ramp supervisor. John returned to Seattle for the last 2 years of his life.
Johnny’s life theme was: “I like to have fun!” and fun he had. He loved his trips to the ancestral farm in N.D., working and visiting family. He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying. He was one of the first people to fly a hang glider in 1972. John spent most of his life in Alaska where he fished, hunted, skied… often on the FedEx interline ski team. Most of all he loved to enjoy friends and family. He enjoyed cooking/ smoking game/ and eating pancakes on Saturday morning, while watching cartoons. John would often travel to Asia and Europe just completing his last trip 4 months ago to Norway to visit cousins.
John passed hours after all his immediate family said goodbye. His last words were: “giddy up!”
John is survived by his sister Carol Viger (husband John) of West Seattle, brothers Arnold( wife Gail), of Seattle, and Dennis (wife Chris) of Vancouver. Also surviving are all his 3 nieces and 3 nephews.
A private family internment will be conducted on October 23 in his parent’s grave. A public memorial will be conducted Saturday, Oct. 24th at the Dakota House Park Bldg. 4304 SW Dakota St, Seattle Wa. 98116 at 1:30 to 3:00 P.M... Sandwiches and coffee will be served.
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