Elwood Fred Anderson
Elwood Fred Anderson 87 August 29,1929 – January 16,2017
Elwood Fred Anderson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Fred and Stella Anderson. He was an only child. At a young age the family relocated to Los Angeles, California where he attended Central Junior High School. During high school, he started his career with the Los Angeles Times newspaper. During his 47 year career with the Times, he worked his way up from Pressman to Production Manager of the Orange County Plant.
Elwood met the love of his life Mary Louise Michaelis in Long Beach, California at a tall persons club. They married in 1954 and settled in Bellflower, California. During their 35 years of marriage, they raised three boys, Elwood Jr (Woody), Darrell and Neil. Elwood was a great husband, father and provider for the family. Elwood stood by his wife until she passed in 1989.
Elwood met the second love of his life, Norma Jean and married in 1993. They shared time between their homes in Ivy Ranch and a cabin in Wrightwood. During their 16 years together they thoroughly enjoyed traveling across the country and dancing at the Elks Lodge in Palm Desert.
Elwood loved to race motorcycles, traveling, dancing and projects around the house especially the cabin. His daily walks sometimes lasted for hours as he never met a person he couldn’t strike up a conversation with.
Elwood was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Stella, his first wife Mary, his second wife Norma Jean and his grandson Christopher. He is survived by his three sons, Woody, Darrell and Neil, their spouses, Mary, Ann and Dee Dee, his Grandchildren, Emily, Amanda, Ashley, Brittany, Nicholas, Mallory, Ryan, Daniel and Jordan, his Great Grandchildren Rebecca, Kathryn, Adeline, Charlie, Frankie and Frankie’s little brother due in April.