Former Shawnee resident Carl V. Anderson, aged 92, died Sept. 14, 2017, in Sacramento, California, after a sudden illness.
Former Shawnee resident Carl V. Anderson, aged 92, died Sept. 14, 2017, in Sacramento, California, after a sudden illness. Carl often said that God had given him a blessed life. That blessing was apparent even in his final moments with family and friends present at his bedside.
Born in Seminole County on Oct. 25, 1924, Carl was the second of four sons born to Franklin Pierce Anderson and Pearl May Edmunson Anderson. He grew up in Shawnee and lived there until 1958, returning for family events to include visiting his son Daniel who lives near the family home.
Carl married Flora Mae Wood in 1958. Throughout their marriage they remained in love and held each other in mutual esteem. Together they raised five children. Carl was a devoted husband and father. He cherished seeing his children grow and thrive.
Carl enjoyed the Shawnee community and in 1958 moved to Oklahoma City. He later relocated to Carmichael, California, due to a job transfer where he lived for 44 years. Carl was a good neighbor and until his last years an avid walker. Carl and Flora were longtime members of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Carmichael. His interests included gardening and wine making. Carl was musically inclined and could play the violin, guitar, and harmonica. He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the 17th Airborne Division Association. He lived the values of community, service, and citizenship, which he instilled in all his children.
Carl attended Oklahoma Baptist University and went on to study fine arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After art school, Carl received a doctorate from the Northern Illinois Monroe School of Optometry. He later studied electronics and avionics communications engineering, developing skills for the profession he would pursue as his livelihood.
Carl was a federal project officer for military avionics. He relocated from Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City to McClellan Air Force Base in 1973. Carl’s work was integral to advancing military avionics electronics in the areas of transceivers and navigation systems. This work was groundbreaking and provided the platform for microelectronics advancements in the field. Carl retired in 1988, completing 36 years of federal civil service with the US Air Force.
In 1943, Carl entered the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the 17th Airborne Division, Company F, 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment as a Ranger and airborne paratrooper. He was part of the Ardennes-Alsace, Rhineland and Central Europe engagements. He entered combat at Reims, France, and southern Belgium for the Battle of the Bulge and later combat jumped the Rhine River near Wesel, Germany, as part of Operation Varsity. He completed his World War II service attached to the 82nd Airborne Division in the Army of Occupation in Germany. He received the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Jump Star, two Purple Heart medals, the Combat Infantryman Badge and from the nation of France, the Croix de Guerre medal with Bronze Star.
Carl was recalled to military service in 1952. As a combat infantryman, and later as a combat medic, he served with the 7th Infantry Division, 31st Infantry Regiment. His notable service was in the area known as “The Iron Triangle.” Carl completed his Korean War service and was awarded a second Bronze Star, a second Combat Infantryman Badge and the Combat Medic Badge.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents Percy and Pearl of Shawnee, and his brothers Rudolph, Kenneth and Drillis Anderson.
Carl is lovingly remembered by his wife, Flora (Wood) Anderson, his children Richard, Daniel, Leeana, Lisa (Haskins) and Joseph Anderson, his nine grandchildren Angela (Austin), Christina (Corbin), Richard Jr., Wade, Jacob, Russell, Jackson (Haskins), Jason and Anna Anderson, and his nine great-grandchildren Shelby (Austin), Hunter (Barnes), Brianna (Corbin), Kayla (Corbin), Alyssa, Colson, Aidan, Trenton, and Brookley Anderson.
Inurnment, military honors and a family and friends memorial will be held at the home of Flora Anderson, at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any honoraria be made to: In Honor of Carl Anderson, Scions of the 17th Airborne Division, Inc., 62A Forty Acre Mt. Rd., Danbury, CT 06811-3353.
The family thanks Metro Fire Station 109 Emergency Medical Service and responders, the staff of Kaiser Permanente Morse Avenue Emergency and Palliative Care Departments, the Sierra View Funeral Home staff for their professional, kind and respectful assistance, and we express our profound gratitude to Jamie Somerville for her loving home care of our father.