George Newton Anderson, 91, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif., following a brief illness.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joyce (Young) Anderson; his children Shield Anderson, Loyal Anderson, Faith Lόpez and Melody Jenkins; their spouses Sheila Anderson, Susan Anderson, Ray Lόpez and Robert Jenkins; his grandchildren Daron, Elizabeth, Zachary, Whitney, Shani and Judy; and his great-grandchildren Quinn, Karigan, Charlie, Abby and James. His siblings Robert, Owen, Henry, Reuben, Beulah, Milton, Sula Kate and David preceded him in death.
George was born in Sebastian County, Ark., the fifth of nine children born to Omar and Libreecy Anderson. George proudly served his country during World War II in the Pacific Theater as a sailor in the U.S. Navy. His favorite wartime story was that of being appalled by the sight of peasants in Shanghai pulling rickshaws and insisting on pulling one himself while a peasant rode as his passenger.
His passion and love for the Sierra Nevada wilderness was one of many things George passed on to his children. His ability to find a trail or a spring, where none was apparent, or cooking a delicious lentil stew with nothing more than what could be found in the wild, was his trademark, and an amazing memory his children will always hold close in their hearts.
George leaves a legacy of having touched many lives through his teaching career at County Line High School in Branch, Ark., Arkansas Tech University, and Tehachapi High School in California. He was the recipient of many awards in journalism and math, including the National Science Foundation Scholarship. His leadership in church youth groups, a lifelong devotion to creativity and generosity to those in need, and setting an example of parenthood is manifested by his children’s loving and supportive relationships with each other and their mother.
He leaves us fondly remembering his favorite quote:
"Let me live in my house by the side of the road. And be a friend to man," Sam Walter Foss
Graveside services will be held at Bakersfield National Cemetery on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at 1:15 p.m.