Andy Anderson

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Lewis Leroy "Andy" Anderson, 73, died at his home on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008.

Per Andy's request, he was cremated.

Andy was born April 26, 1935, in Vancouver, Wash., to George and Aurilla Anderson. He was one of eight children.

Andy attended Evergreen High School in Washington.

Following his honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, he married and had five children. Andy later moved to Mountain Home and worked for Bastida Towing, eventually becoming a partner and then owner of the business.

"His towing business and salvage lot kept him on the go at all hours for years," his family said. "He spent a lot of those hours getting help and helping Tommy from TNT. As everyone knows, they had a friendly rivalry."

He also remarried and raised two additional children.

"Andy was a hard worker and did favors for anyone in need," his family said.

Andy served as a reserve police officer and helped out with the fire department. He and his friends, Jim Bledsoe and Jim Sanders, began the Elmore County Extrication Unit.

"There was not a year at Air Force Appreciation Day that Andy could not be found cooking corn," his family said. "Once retired, Andy enjoyed bowling, devouring every word ever written by Louis L'Amour, and taking the boat out to do some fishing. He took great joy in his family and spent time with them whenever possible."

He is survived by: his son, Frank, and his wife, Stacey; son Jamie; daughter JoAnne and her husband, Kevin; son Melvin; daughter Andra; daughter Kristi and her husband, Eric; his brother, Alan, and his sisters, Lila, Donna and Lois, along with ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Betsy, one sister, Carol, two brothers, Delbert and Vern, and both parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elmore County Extrication Unit, 1640 Sunset Strip, Mtn Home, ID 83647.