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Obituary for Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson peacefully passed away on May 25 after a 23 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Chad was born in Juneau, Alaska on October 12, 1943. When he was young his family moved to Concord, Calif. where he continued to live until graduating from San Jose State. Upon graduating from college, Chad entered the US Navy and was stationed in Washington, D.C. where he met his future wife, Patricia. They were married on April 1, 1967. In 1968, Chad was transferred to the Alameda Naval Air Station at Alameda, Calif. where he and Patricia began their family.
Over the years, Chad worked for Mobil Chemical, Best Fertilizers and Celpril Seed Companies as a cost accountant. But the career he enjoyed most began in February 1977 when he was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. During his 39 year ministry, he served as an Elder and enjoyed helping congregations in various parts of South Dakota and Arizona. Chad and Patty also had the privilege of attending International Conventions in Poland and Peru and in working in the remodeling and building of Kingdom Halls in Oregon. Chad’s patience and levelheadedness were qualities that endeared him to many.
Being a man who loved the outdoors he was always looking for an opportunity to take his family camping, fishing or hiking. The family especially enjoyed their trips to Lassen National Park and Yosemite. Chad also enjoyed attending or watching his favorite teams: the San Francisco 49er’s and the Oakland A’s. He could tell you anything about the players or their statistics on either team. His quick wit and propensity for making puns often kept the conversations lively.
While living with Parkinson’s Disease for 23 years was debilitating, he never allowed the disease to dampen his zeal for Jehovah nor his love of life and his family. He always had a positive attitude and never got depressed because, as he would say, “I have a hope for the future.” We now look to the fulfillment of the prophecy in Job 14:15 which says, “You will call and I will answer you. You will yearn for the work of your hand.”
Chad is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia; daughters, Heather Baugus and husband Kevin, Holly Irons and husband Jeremy; sister Jean Gordon and nephew Matthew Gordon and, of course, his service dog Hank.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30pm on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 94131 5th Place in Gold Beach.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net. Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.