NASELLE - Naselle resident Russell Irving Anderson, 74, died Dec. 22, 2002 in Astoria, Ore. The son of Andrew and Anna (Owens) Anderson, he was born Jan. 23, 1928 in Deep River. He attended Maple Grove Elementary School and graduated from Naselle High School where he played basketball and football.
Following high school, Mr. Anderson worked for Deep River Logging before joining the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He served as part of the occupation forces in Japan. He married his high school sweetheart Caleen Davison of Altoona, on Dec. 14, 1951 in Kelso, and they lived at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma until his discharge.
Returning to the local area, the Andersons settled in Altoona where Mr. Anderson drove log truck and logged for several firms. He later moved to Salmon Creek east of Naselle and some years ago moved to Naselle. When his days in the woods were over he became a security guard at the Naselle Youth Camp, retiring in 1993. He was an active member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion and had been confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
He took pride in his vegetable and flower garden, enjoyed hunting, fishing, clamming, crawfishing and driving the logging roads with his dog. He was an avid football fan of local teams, area universities or the NFL, especially the old Los Angeles Rams. He was very much a family man, values which he instilled in his daughters and grandchildren. Family seafood dinners were highlights of his life as were his daily "staff meetings" at Hunters Inn in Naselle with old friends who looked after him and were part of his extended family.
Besides his wife of 51 years, he is survived by daughters Sheryl Waisanen of Astoria, Ore., Joyce Kilponen of Naselle, and Denise Stelzig of Tillamook, Ore; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sisters Dorothy Penttila of Montesano, Patsy Penttila of Naselle, Donna Milne of Poulsbo, Shirley Cooper of Goldendale, Margaret King of St. Helens, Ore., and Judy Anderson of Port Orchard. He was preceded in death by brothers Wallace, Arthur and James.
Graveside service was Dec. 27, at Salmon Creek Cemetery east of Naselle. Memorials may be made to the Salmon Creek Cemetery Association in care of Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.