Arvid “Stanley” Anderson , 86, passed away unexpectedly January 1 at his home in CherryWood Village Retirement Community in Portland, Oregon.
Born on October 27, 1928 to mother Glennie and step-dad Gordon Harper in Sloan, Iowa, he moved to a wheat ranch near Wasco, Oregon in 1933 with his folks and younger brother, Leland Anderson.
He graduated from Wasco High School in 1946 with his three classmates, who all maintained life-long friendships with one another. Stanley attended Oregon State College and completed the accounting program at Northwestern School of Business.
After graduating, he went to work for the Port Dock Commission/Port of Portland, retiring after 35 years as Senior Accountant in 1984. He then spent the next 10 years volunteer driving for the Red Cross. He was a life-long blood donor and was active in numerous social and business organizations.
While living in a boarding house in Portland, he met his future wife, Alfhild. Married in 1953, they purchased a house in Portland, where they lived until their children were grown and before relocating to Gresham. They resided there until Alfhild's health began to deteriote, prompting the couple to move into CherryWood Retirement Village, where they made many new friends.
Stanley was Alfhild's devoted caregiver the last few years of her life and was an active member in the CherryWood Bell Choir who loved to play cards and moderate the weekly spelling competition.
Stanley was also very active in their church, Gethsemane Lutheran, and fulfilled numerous roles there over the many years they attended. He is survived by his son, Scott Anderson, daughter Linda Barnett, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 SE Market, Portland, Oregon, 97216. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Portland.
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