Anderson, Elmer G. “Andy”, passed away June 11, 2018 at a hospital near New Port Richey, Florida where he recently moved. Andy was born at home to George Wilber and Marjorie Florence (Cooper) Anderson on June 30, 1931 in Canby, Oregon. Andy's family later moved to California where he attended Napa High School. Andy joined the US Navy at age 17 and served for four years as a signalman on the USS John W. Thomason. He was a member of the Tin Can Sailors and the USS Thomason Association. Andy then joined the US Coast Guard and became a Flight Engineer. “Chief Andy” flew many search and rescue missions around the world to include Korea and Vietnam in his service. He was a member of the US Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association, the VFW and the DAV. Andy retired in Mobile, Alabama where he joined the Riviera Owners Association when he started collecting Buick Riviera cars and also went back to work at AutoZone. His daughter, Rene, whom he adopted when he married her mother, Judy, and raised as his own, had a traumatic brain injury just after his retirement and, finding no support group, he helped to found the Alabama Head Injury Foundation. He was a staunch supporter even after he stepped down from leadership and the Anderson-Fischer accessible apartments in Mobile, Alabama were named in his honor.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Willa Mae “Billie” (Luigino) Meneguzzo, Helen (George) Moser, Clifford Wilbur (Angela Imperiale) Anderson, infant son, John Walter Anderson and grandson, Matthew Allen Marier.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Patricia (Rains) Anderson and they married on February 21, 1961; his sister, Velma Boone of Napa, CA; his daughters, Rene Anderson (Virgil Donaldson) of Chickasaw, AL and Marjorie Lynn Anderson of New Port Richey, FL; his grandsons, Jeffrey V. Marler of MD; granddaughters, Jennifer M. (Lee) Kimbrell of AL and Jessica L. (Jaime) Witherspoon of CO; his great grandson, Aaron; his great granddaughter, Olivia; sister-in-law, Susan Windham; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Memorial contributions in Andy's honor can be sent to the Alabama Head Injury Foundation, 3110 Lorna Road, Suite 203, Hoover, AL 35216 or made online at www.ahif.org.