Richard “Ole” Anderson

Richard “Ole” Anderson passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, Sept. 12.

Richard “Ole” Anderson passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, Sept. 12.

He was born to Alfred and Wilma (Lawson) Anderson on Nov. 3, 1952, in Aberdeen, Washington. He was raised in the Wynooche Valley and attended Montesano schools. He graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1969. After graduation, he moved to Lopez Island, where he worked in plumbing and construction. Later he returned to Aberdeen and worked for Grays Harbor Hardwood, Pacific Hardwood, Western Steel and most recently The Grays Harbor Housing Authority until his retirement in 2018.

Ole was a jack of all trades and never hesitated to help his friends and family when they called with electrical, plumbing or household projects. He was an avid sportsman and loved hunting, fishing and clam digging. He was also a great cook. One of his biggest joys was to share his bounty with those he loved. At birthdays and holidays, Ole could always be counted on to arrive with a fresh crab salad, smoked or pickled fish or his famous dill pickles.

Ole had a most infectious smile, quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. One of his favorite events was the annual Sons of Norway lutefisk dinner, where he once was declared “King of the lutefisk eaters.”

Ole is survived by his daughter Hillary (Aaron) Nester, and grandchildren Gracyn, Logan and Abel of Union, Washington.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Sonda Anderson and grandson Kody Anderson. Other surviving grandchildren include Sierra Shey and Masen Alm.

Also surviving are his sister Esther (Rich) Jacobson of Montesano and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ole shared the last 15 years of his life with his loving partner, Jean Watson.

For all those who knew and loved Ole, he will forever be remembered by his kindness and gentle spirit.