Joseph C. Anderson passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, in Bellingham. He was born July 11, 1916, in Bellingham to Joseph and Margaret (Lindsey) Anderson. Joe grew up in Everson, graduated from Mt. Baker High School and the University of Washington with a pharmacy degree.
After graduating from UW, Joe enlisted in the Navy and served his country for 23 years as an aviator. He retired with the rank of Commander. After his retirement from the Navy, Joe created a new career as a Pharmacist; later he became a State Drug Inspector. He moved back to Bellingham in 1991 to be close to family and joined the Police Volunteer Security Patrol.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Melodie, in 2001 and by his brother, James Anderson in 1998. Joe is survived by his children Melodie Anderson, Merrilee (John) Swinehart, Charlene (DeFord) Cochran and Michael (Jody) Anderson; 11 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; and sister, Betty Woods.
Our family would like to end our thanks and appreciation to all of our father’s dear friends at The Willows who shared themselves so generously over the last ten years. We would also like to thank the dedicated people at Hospice for their thoughtful care.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Bayview Cemetery. Moles Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Bayview Chapel, Bellingham
Published in Bellingham Herald from December 28, 2011 to January 1, 2012
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