Fred Paul Anderson | Obituary
February 8, 1947 – May 1, 2021
Fred Paul Anderson, son of Lynn Wallace Anderson and Elva Elaine Wood Anderson Houskeeper, passed away peacefully on Saturday night, May 1, at the age of 74, after a 16-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Fred, the second of three sons, was born on February 8, 1947 in Lynwood, California.
He grew up loving the ocean. When he wasn’t working at his father’s grocery store – Anderson’s Market, he could be found at the beach, surfing or body surfing. He also learned a great love of baseball from his loving Dodgers father.
Fred’s faith was greatly influenced by his mother and strengthened by his mentor and Bishop LDS – Warren Wilcox. Fred served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Monterrey, Mexico, from 1966 to 1968. He developed a great love for the Mexican people, the Spanish language, and tortillas at fresh flour.
Fred attended college in California and then transferred to BYU where he met the beautiful Kathleen Bagley. Their first date was on Valentine’s Day 1969 when they watched the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Seven months later, on September 6, they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Oakland California LDS Temple. Over the next 17 years, they welcomed seven children into their family.
After graduating with a psychology degree in 1971 from Brigham Young University, Fred and his young family moved for a short time to Southern California. A job offer in Sunnyside, Washington, Kathleen’s hometown, prompted them to relocate. He began a long career working with Bob Hall Sr. at Bob Hall Financial. He loved the relationships created by helping people as an insurance agent and financial planner.
As a member of Rotary, he served in the community, timing swim meets for the Sunnyside Sharks, leading service projects and hosting many exchange students. He has served as a counselor, senior counselor, home teacher and bishop in Sunnyside 1st Ward. He actively supported the local Boy Scouts of America troop. He has supervised several 50 mile hikes, participated in numerous Boy Scout Jamborees and received the prestigious Wood Badge certification with Kathleen.
He was a longtime member of the Sunnyside Racquet Club, enjoying early morning handball and racquetball games with friends. Fred often brought his large family to the “club” for swimming and exercise, while Kathleen worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Sunnyside Hospital.
Fred taught his children by example, instilling in them love of God, prayer, service and kindness. Fred loved spending time outdoors, especially camping and hiking in the Cascade Mountains. He loved ice cream and good food, especially Miner’s and El Conquistador. More importantly, Kathleen was often heard telling her that every meal she made was “the best he has ever eaten.”
Fred was an example of patience, kindness, loyalty and friendship to everyone he came into contact with. He had the unique ability to love people for who they were and welcomed people from all walks of life into his life without judgment and compassion. He was an example of Christlike love in word and deed.
Fred was an example of perseverance in the midst of grief as his body deteriorated over the past decade. He loved missionary work and his last prayers to God were that he could “be productive”. He and Kathleen served a mission together in the LDS Temple in Hermosillo, Mexico from 2013 to 2015. They served as temple workers in the LDS Temple on the Columbia River for many years. At the time of his death, they were serving a local family history mission.
Fred is predeceased to death by his father Lynn Anderson, his mother Elaine Housekeeper, his brother Darryl Anderson and his grandson Emmett Anderson. He is survived by his brother Brian Anderson (Karen), Salem, Utah; sister-in-law Sherrill Anderson, Bountiful, Utah; wife, Kathleen Bagley Anderson of Kennewick; daughters Colette Hokanson (Jared), Herriman, Utah; Michelle Olson (Steven), Herriman, Utah; and Janae Wise (Joseph), Tokyo Japan; four sons, Jory Anderson (Kathy), Sunnyside; Loren Anderson (Dani), Kennewick; Brian Anderson (MarJean), Kennewick; and Nathan Anderson (Kristin), Kennewick.
He is also the proud grandfather of 37 grandchildren – Liz (Kameron), Jonathan (Reevkah), Kirstie (Matthew), Ashlynn, McKay Hokanson; Lia, Aline (Blake), Benjamin, Ian Anderson; Calista, Spencer, Kaia, Bryn, Emmett, Taryn, Anders Anderson; Ciera (Casey), Nicole, Reed, Vienna, Weston Anderson; MacKenzie, Kyle, James, Gavin, Emma Olson; Hyrum, Asher, Amalia, Salem, Tyndale, Wesley, Alvin Wise; Avery, Payton, Miles and Quinn Anderson. Grandson number 38 expected this fall. A great-grandson, Beckham Hokanson.
Fred’s seed, his love of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and his warm smile are his legacy. Memorial services will be held this Saturday, May 8 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meeting room located in 2000 East Lincoln, Sunnyside, WA.