Andrew Junior Anderson

April 1, 1930 ~ September 22, 2020


Sept. 25, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Larkin Sunset Gardens 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, UT 84092
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    Sept. 26, 2020
    1:00 PM
    Valley View Memorial Park, 4335 West 4100 South, West Valley City, UT
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  • Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend, Andrew Junior Anderson died on September 22, 2020 from natural causes. Born on April 1, 1930 in Salt Lake City, UT, Andy was the firstborn child of Andrew Peter Anderson and Lillian Smith. After losing his hearing from Scarlet fever at age 5, and having no sign language schools in the state, his angel mother spent much of her time working to make sure he received lip-reading classes to assure he got a good education. He graduated from Granite High School and later graduated from Stevens–Henager College.

    He met and then married Ruth Claire Knowles on June 5, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple and had 6 children. Ruth later died of cancer after 38 years of marriage. Andy was blessed again when he met and then married Janet Faye Bowman on April 20, 1990 in the Jordan River Temple and they were married over 30 years at the time of his passing. She brought with her 4 children to complete the family. He was a wonderful husband and put his wife above all else. To his dying moment, he wanted Jan by his side, holding his hand.

    He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings throughout his life. Andy spent 34 years working at the Utah State Parks and Recreation Division as controller and other administrative roles.

    His family and friends will always have memories of his quick smile, sharp wit, and funny sayings. Always fast with a tease or a joke, he loved to make others laugh. He loved to tickle his grandchildren until they begged for mercy and made each one feel special. He loved to watch western movies, golf with his brother, Bob, and sit with his wife by his side while sipping his Diet Coke and snacking on Hershey chocolate bars or chocolate chip cookies.

    He is survived by his wife Janet F. Anderson, son Barry (Kellee) Anderson, daughter Julene (Kevin) Mathews, daughter Becky (Bruce) Robison, son Brian (Michelle) Anderson, daughter Susan (Bill) Fisk, son-in-law (Harvey) Christoffersen, son Shane Tisdale, daughter Dana (Mike) Maez, daughter Teresa (John) McElprang, daughter Jean (Karl) Rasmussen, 41 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren and 2 more on the way. Preceded in death by his wife Ruth Claire Knowles, his daughter Robyn Christoffersen, and his brother Robert Anderson.

    Graveside Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Valley View Memorial Park at 4335 W 4100 S in West Valley City, Utah. A viewing will be held Friday evening from 6-8 pm at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, (10600 South), Sandy, UT. Please share a memory or story at


    We love you family going to miss Andy so..... much he will not be forgotten

    - Carole Reed and Cindy Schneider
    I, too, worked at Parks & Recreation with Andy in the old building . He was in Finance on the main floor, and I was in Planning in the basement. Andy was a good guy, always pleasant. He is the first person I ever knew who built a mother-in-law apartment, and still is the only one I know who put peanuts in his Coke!

    - Ms. Teddie Krause
    I think we are related....Was your Grandfather Andrew Peter born in Fairview, Utah? My Mother is Elva Anderson Rigby, a sister to an Andrew Anderson. Would we be connected? My husband and I used to live on Lincoln Lane and belonged to Valley View Stake.

    - Norma Rigby Bench
    Andy was not only a friend, brother, father but was someone I looked up to once I was family. He was a person I looked up to. Love you and will miss you greatly

    - Kevin
    I would like to pass on my condolences to the family of Andy. I started working for Utah State parks in 1974, and spent a lot of time in discussions with him. He was always such a jolly person to work with and I’m sure he will be missed by everyone. Mitch Larsson

    - Mitch Larsson
    Andy was my boss at parks and recreation when we we worked in the old building next to Oil Gas And mining. I know I tried his patience every day but still he always had a smile for me. Since he was our budget guy my friend,Vickie,and I had to type it. One time we’ were there all night . When we finally finished Andy told us To take the next day off. He was always thinking of others. When we got on his nerves he would turn off his hearing aids so he couldn’t hear us. When he came in our office he always had his Coke with peanuts dumped into it. Andy was the nicest, funniest and most thoughtful , fair boss I’ve ever had. Love you boss! Deb

    - Debbie Oberndorfer
    I had the privilege of being one of Andy’s caregivers at his stay at Beehive home. Under his stubborn “mean, onry, and nasty” outside he was sweet and loving and I got to see that side of him. he always knew how to put a smile on my face when I got to see him and I really believe that he helped me more than I helped him. I grew to love him so much as well as Jan. I will forever be grateful I got to be apart of their lives and them apart of mine. my deepest condolences to Jan and family. I knew how much he deeply loved all of you and he is keeping everyone on their toes in heaven. love you always, Jaeden.

    - Jaeden Herrick
    My sweet uncle Andy, boy will I miss you. I absolutely loved our visits and adventures to Dunford donuts, and a few other places. I'm glad I got to see you one last time, and share our favorite cookie together.

    - Colette Engle
    I remember Andy well. While I was a member of the Board of Parks and Recreation, Andy provided great input for us to use in making decisions as to the management of the park system. He was a very kind and thoughtful person. Mike Monson

    - Mike Monson
    Andy will be remembered for always trying to see the good in people and situations. He was a friend to us all at the state parks.

    - Randy Lindsey
    janet and family I'm sorry for your loss. Please remember he is with our Heavenly Father and is waiting for you. He will be with you and watching over you at all times. He was a sweet man and everyone knew how much he loved Janet and family.

    - Ivana Hanners