Rick Elmer Anderson obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Rick Elmer Anderson

January 9, 1939 - March 29, 2015

Obituary


Rick Elmer Anderson passed away on Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015. Rick was born in Glasgow MT, to Elmer (Swede) and Vida Anderson. At age 4, Rick and his family moved to Vancouver WA, where Rick worked actively as a paperboy for the Columbian.

Some of Rick's many hobbies were playing the piano, roller-skating, clam digging, and often performed at the Saturday Bottle Cap where he was a skilled tap-dancer. One of Rick's strongest passions was his love for the Boy Scouts, where he achieved every merit badge possible. Through nine years of...

Rick Elmer Anderson passed away on Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015. Rick was born in Glasgow MT, to Elmer (Swede) and Vida Anderson. At age 4, Rick and his family moved to Vancouver WA, where Rick worked actively as a paperboy for the Columbian.

Some of Rick's many hobbies were playing the piano, roller-skating, clam digging, and often performed at the Saturday Bottle Cap where he was a skilled tap-dancer. One of Rick's strongest passions was his love for the Boy Scouts, where he achieved every merit badge possible. Through nine years of dedicated service Rick had perfect attendance, in which he earned honor of the Order of the Arrow, and was the youngest individual ever to earn the achievement of Double Eagle Scout, a triumph that is not possible to accomplish today.

Rick graduated from Hudson's Bay in 1957, where he was a prolific wrestler for his school, but later found his true appreciation and respect for the game of golf. After high school, Rick became active in his community, as he was a valued member with the Jr. Chamber of Commerce. He worked for the Mayflower Milk Company, the Clark Grave Vault, and was the General Manager for Club Green Meadows where he had a major influence on its successful culture. Some of his contributions were the additions of the bowling alleys, the official size track, and even hosted the Trail Blazers as they found the Club home for their daily practices.

After having achieved much with Green Meadows, Rick sought to start his own business when he purchased "The Office Tavern". Over eighteen years, he built the business to a higher standard as he added the restaurant and lounge to the building. Rick took considerable care in giving back to his community as he frequently sponsored many pool teams, young girls fast pitch, ladies slow-pitch, and young men's slow-pitch.

Rick was married to his dear wife Dolores for 56 years, where they loved to travel with the Cascade Sam's R.V. Travel Organization. Over time, Rick became a member of the Elks, Eagles, Moose, and American Legion and spent the last ten years as a "Snowbird" in Mesa AZ.

His wife, Dolores Royle, survives Rick, his three children Jodi (Ron), Randi (Christine), and Cori (Karla). They have six grandchildren Megan (Dillon), Elsha (Alan), Jenna, Trevor, Jordan (Alisha), and Taylor. Rick also was recently a new great grandfather with the precious addition of baby Brek and is also survived through his mother Vida, brother Gary (Janet), sisters-in-law Jean and Linda.

There will be a Celebration of Life in his honor on Saturday, April 25th from 2:00 until 5:00 at Club Green Meadows, 7703 NE 72nd Ave., 98661.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Shriners Hospital, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239 .