Phil E. Anderson of Hermiston, Oregon, was born on March 6, 1953 in Denver, Colorado to parents, Emile P. and Betty J. Reynolds Anderson. He died on October 7, 2018 in Kennewick, Washington at the age of 65 years. Phil was raised and attended school in Denver, Colorado. He enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War until his honorable discharge. Phil graduated from the Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado with a BS in chemistry and followed with graduate work at the University of Colorado. He worked as an engineer for Hughes Aircraft, Boeing and Freightliner. Phil was united in marriage to Cassandra “Cassie” Wood on July 21, 2001 in McMinnville, Oregon. He earned his Masters of Teaching from George Fox University in 2003. They moved to Hermiston, Oregon where Phil taught chemistry and math at Sandstone Middle School as well as coaching football for two years and was involved in the Traveling Science Fair. In his early 20's Phil made a life changing decision that “Trusting Jesus” would be the path he would follow and this continued the rest of his life. He was a member of the Stanfield Baptist Church in Stanfield, Oregon where he was active with AWANA and visiting residents at Regency in Hermiston. Phil enjoyed mountain climbing, skiing and running in his younger years. He later enjoyed model railroads, making electronic stereo components, woodworking where he made shaker style furniture and restoring a 1950's tractor.
He is survived by his wife: Cassie Anderson, Hermiston, OR; brother: Dave (Stacey) Anderson, Denver, CO; sister: Trudy Miller, Washington; cousins: Becky Crane Okada & Jim Crane; several nieces and nephews and his CHETS: cats: Annie & Daisy and dog: Buddy.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Art Anderson.
A funeral service with military honors will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Stanfield Baptist Church, 310 E. Wheeler Ave, Stanfield, Oregon.
Burial will be at the Echo Cemetery, Echo, Oregon.
Those who wish may make contributions in Phil’s memory to Multiple Sclerosis Association of America at 375 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 or to the Stanfield Baptist Church.
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