CLIFFORD G. ANDERSON, 90
Falmouth - Clifford G. Anderson, 90, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and, more recently Falmouth, Maine, died on May 1st from complications of prostate cancer after a courageous 18 year course. Beloved by family and many friends, he was known to all as a man with deep devotion to his family, intense patriotism, just pride about his distinguished career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and a warm sense of humor. The son of Swedish immigrants in Minneapolis, he graduated from Central High School. In 1939 he entered duty with the FBI in a clerical capacity. He separated from the Bureau in 1944 to serve in the U.S. Navy as a court reporter with the Navy Court Martial Board and as a reporter with the U.S. Naval Board of Investigation. After WW II he returned to the FBI in Minneapolis, where, while working full-time as a Special Employee, he attended the University of Minnesota and received his BA degree in June, 1951. Shortly thereafter Cliff received his appointment as a Special Agent of the FBI and, after a brief assignment in El Paso, Texas, served the next twenty years in the Cincinnati, Ohio, office. With a specialty in bank robberies and white slavery, he also achieved an aspiration of all agents, the apprehension of a top ten fugitive. With over 32 years of government service, he retired in December, 1971, after Director J. Edgar Hoover had personally presented him with his 30 year service plaque. In retirement he maintained his FBI connections by joining Former Special Agents of the FBI chapters (Minnesota Chapter, the Suncoast Branch in Tampa, and the Northern New England Chapter) and by monitoring an ex-FBI agent website with e-mails.
Cliff adored his loving wife Doris of 66 years. During a long and happy retirement together, they spent summers in their Minneapolis home and winters in Clearwater, Florida, over a period of thirty years. Because of their love of life and friendliness they were a very popular couple wherever they lived . In their Florida recreational vehicle park, Cliff was sought after for organizing and being master of ceremony for the park's twice weekly coffee and entertainment hour. Everyone enjoyed his talents as a story/joke-teller, singer, and play-by-ear pianist. His skits including "Dr. Mal Practice" and his portrayal of Oliver Hardy were perennial favorites that had everyone in the audiences in stitches.
In 2000, Cliff and Doris relocated to Falmouth to be closer to family. They readily made new friends in the Ocean View at Falmouth retirement community in Falmouth and faithfully attended and supported the Falmouth Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by an infant son Terry.
He is survived by his wife Doris ; his son Dr. Larry Anderson and his wife Janie of Falmouth; his daughter Sharilyn Karkowski and her husband Richard of Greenfield, IN; grandchildren Steven Baier-Anderson and his wife Cal, Lorie (Anderson) Lindyberg and her husband Robert, Amy Anderson-MacMurdo and her husband Robert, Kristi Karkowski, Michael Karkowski and his wife Betsy, and Paul Karkowski; great-grandchildren Kelsey and Griffin Baier-Anderson, Addie and Jack Lindyberg, and Abby Karkowski; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 1 PM Saturday, May 13, at the Falmouth Congregational Church-United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Dawn Berry officiating. Those who wish may leave an online tribute in Cliff's memory at www.mem.com
Arrangements are under the care of Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, ME 04096.
In lieu of flowers those who desire may make memorial contributions to:
Falmouth Congressional Church Capital Campaign; 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, ME 04105
Hospice of Southern Maine, 901 Washington Avenue Suite 104, Portland, ME 04103
Ocean View Residents Assistance Fund, 20 Blueberry Lane, Falmouth, ME 04105
Local March of Dimes