(Feb. 29, 2008)
Retired Powell accountant W. Glen (Andy) Anderson, a stalwart of local fraternal organizations, died Friday, Feb. 29 while vacationing in Santa Maria, Calif., after a short illness. He was 84.
Andy was born June 18, 1923, in Towner, Colo., son of Joseph and Rosa (Bennett) Anderson. At the age of 4, he moved with his family to Powell on an immigrant train, bringing with them their horses, household furnishings and everything they owned. Powell was his home for the rest of his life, though periods of his professional life took him to other stations.
He graduated from Powell High School in 1941. Andy excelled in the only three sports offered at that time, earning eight letters in football, basketball and track. He was picked as first team quarterback on the All-District football team and also received several All-State honors.
Enjoying all sports, he reamained a sports fan the rest of his life, and to him, Super Bowl Sunday was a national holiday. In the fall of 1941, he enrolled at the University of Wyoming.
Andy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1942 and served during World War II. Following his honorable discharge from the military, he returned to the University of Wyoming, graduating in 1949 with a B.S. degree in Accounting. He also played in the University of Wyoming Cowboy Marching Band, which to his knowledge was the first marching band to perform at UW football games.
After his graduation from the university, he was employed as an Internal Revenue Service agent until 1953, when he joined Seaboard Oil Company as an accountant and went to work for Texaco Oil Company.
On Jan. 8, 1957, Andy married the love of his life, Donna Manning, who continued to be his constant love and partner until his death. While working for the oil companies, Andy, Donna and family were transferred several times. They lived in Denver, Colo., and Dallas, Fort Worth and Midland, Texas. They returned to Powell in 1963 and purchased an accounting business, operating Anderson Accounting until retiring in 1985.
Andy was a 60-year member of the American Legion Post 26 of Powell, a lifetime member of 60 years in the Frateral Order of Eagles in Powell and a charter member of 44 years in the Powell Elks Lodge. He was a Past Exalted Ruler and Honorary Lifetime Member of the Powell Elks and held several other offices in the Elks Lodge, including secretary for 10 years.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 51 years, Donna; two sons, Rick (Penny) Anderson of Ventura, Calif., and Curt Anderson of Duluth, Minn.; a daughter, Roxanne Ostlund (Tom) of Cheyenne; four granddaughters (Brittany, Kelsey, Stacey and Mindy) and one grandson (Clark); and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Dolores Goreham of Santa Maria and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harold; and a sister, Irene Neely.
A memorial service will be conducted Friday, March 7 at 11 a.m. at the Powell Elks Club. Cremation has taken place.