Merton Raymond Andersen (1923 - 2012)
We lost a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great grandfather, and a friend for life.
Merton Raymond Andersen passed away at his home on February 13, 2012, at the age of 89.
Merton was born in Nebraska on January 20, 1923 to Chris and Wilma Andersen. When he was four years old the family moved to California, and settled in El Camino. Merton attended Tehama Grammer School and graduated from Red Bluff High School.
Merton entered the United States Army in 1943, where he served WWII in the South Pacific during which he earned the Purple Heart from wounds received during battle. He was honorably discharged in 1945 at wars end.
A few years later he met Jean Morey, the love of his life and built a home for them in El Camino where they were married in 1949. That's where they started their wonderful family, having two children, Kathleen and Michial Andersen. In addition to ranching during his years in El Camino, Merton worked for Crane Mills and later Diamond Int'l until he retired in 1985.
Merton loved the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers, he followed them faithfully. He was also a member of the Red Bluff Elks for 52 years.
Merton along with his wife Jean loved house boating and spent many years on Shasta Lake (aboard the Gypsy A) making many special life long friends.
Merton Raymond Andersen was preceded in death by his parents Chris and Wilma Andersen, son Michial Raymond Andersen, and grandson Donald Raymond Gray. He leaves behind his wife of 62 years Jean Andersen of Red Bluff, CA., daughter Kathy Kourupes and husband Alex of Adin, CA., granddaughter Kristina Morris and husband Zach of Adin, CA., great grandchildren Cheyene and Wade Morris, Donnie and Kloee Gray, and Jarimiah Smith, and his five sisters, Viola Dyson of Red Bluff, Elizabeth Brunk of Red Bluff, Marie Goodwin and husband Arthur of Springfield, OR., Hazel Pluim and husband Jan of Red Bluff, Myrna Whatley and husband Bill of Longview, WA., sister-in-law Linda Hall of Green Valley, AZ, many nieces and nephews.
All that knew Merton R. Andersen were truly blessed, we will miss his amazing smile and uplifting spirit.
A graveside service for Merton will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Red Bluff, CA. on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 10:30am. There will be a gathering to follow at the Red Bluff Elks Lodge at 355 Gilmore Road.
Published in Daily News on February 17, 2012
Arrangements under the direction of Hoyt-Cole Chapel of the Flowers, Red Bluff, CA.