Salt Lake Retired Firefighters Association


In Memory . . .

Jay Russell "Russ" Anderson
Gone Duck Hunting
1921 ~ 2007

Born: June 5, 1921 to Herbert Anderson and Ida Zighan in Grantsville, Utah. Died: January 28, 2007 at his home in Lynnwood, Washington surrounded by his family. Married the love of his life, Elva M. Hodgson in the Salt Lake City Temple on September 11, 1941. They were married for 62 years until her passing October 2003. Russ served with the U.S. Navy Construction Battalion as a Carpenters Mate 1st Class. He is a veteran of the Normandy Invasion (Omaha Beach) and served in the European Theater and Pacific Campaign until the end of the war. After the war, Russ worked for the Salt Lake Mill as a Cabinetmaker. On September 1, 1946. Russ became a Firefighter for the Salt Lake City Fire Department. Russ served for 25 years before retiring in 1970. Russ had a life long love of hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed spending time at the family cabin at Strawberry Reservoir. Russ was preceded in death by his brothers Ray, Glen, Alan, Ivan (Rink), Frank, and Sister Evelyn. He is survived by his sister Jacklyn Simpson and his children; Roy H. (Sharron) Anderson, Sandy, Utah; David G. (Kathy) Anderson, Everett, Washington; Bonnie K. Giddens, Lake Stevens, Washington; Judy L. Johnson, Port Angles, Washington; and Becky L. (Allen) Harrison, Atwater, California. There are 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. There will be a graveside service at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah on February 10th at 1:30 p.m. There will be a celebration of life after the service at his son Roy's home from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice in his name.
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on 2/8/2007.



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