Harvey Gardner Anderson
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Harvey Gardner Anderson
  • July 22, 1929 - April 15, 2015
  • Corbett, Oregon

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Harvey G. Anderson died on April 15, 2015 in Troutdale, Oregon at the age of 85. He was born on July 22, 1929 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Ray & Viola Anderson. He was the last surviving sibling of two brothers and his twin sister. His family moved to Lake Oswego. Harvey graduated from West Linn High School in 1947. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree at Portland State.
His dream of a military career was cut short. His honorable discharge from the National Guard was due to the loss of sight in his left eye following a tragic prank with a cherry bomb.
Harvey invested many years with the American Red Cross as a lifeguard and instructor. He was recognized for saving the life of an individual swept out to sea in a riptide but was probably responsible for many lives saved through his water safety and swimming instruction. Harvey was an avid swimmer. If it had to do with water, Harvey was there. He loved Mt. Hood as well, climbing it, skiing and instructing others to ski and survive on it.
Harvey married first wife Donna Mae Elmquist. They had one child, Elizabeth Dodd. Elizabeth married Max Dodd, and together they have two of Harvey's six grandchildren. First born was Logan, and secondly Andrew. All reside in Selah, Washington.
Harvey married his second wife Nancy Ann Meek on October 4, 1968. Together, they had three more children; Chad, (deceased @ 6 months of age), Sonya, married to Patrick Huskey and their son
Tyler, & Spencer who is married to Corinne. They have three children, Gavin, Deegan & Stella. For the last five years, the Huskey family has lived in Harvey and Nancy's Troutdale home, helping with the family farm and being of great assistance during Harvey's declining health. Harvey's son Spencer and family reside in Milwaukie, where they own Anderson Family Dental.
Harvey's career involved selling cars, a lot of them. He was well known in the Volkswagen arena and had many returning customers and awards over his career at Riviera Motors. Harvey's first choice of dealer vehicles to drive was the VW Bug, although the family enjoyed each new model he drove home.
Harvey's other love in life was food, and a lot of it. Everything he ate was "excellent." He treated his family to many great restaurant memories.
Harvey was a character to say the least and he will be dearly missed by all his family.
We love you, Harv, Dad & Grandpa!