Friday, September 5, 2014

Parley Anderson Obit

Parley Anderson(1926 - 2014)

August 12, 1926 ~ September 1, 2014
Parley G. Anderson of Orem Utah, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2014. He was born on August 12, 1926, in Hiawatha, Utah, the oldest son of Parley Anderson and Elda Bearnson.
He was married to Dorothy Ellen Dickson, of Kewanee, Illinois, on New Year's Day, 1948. Parley and Dorothy have five sons: Jesse B. (Sharon Clark), Farmington; Gavin J. (Jill Richards), Salt Lake City; Cameron D. (Shirley LaCourse), Spanish Fork; Wayne B. (Cindi Clark), Littleton, Colorado; and H. Kelly (Gail Knauer), Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Dorothy died on February 17, 1997, in Provo. Parley married Kathleen McCarthy Peterson, of Madelia, Minnesota, on January 22, 1998; she is the mother of Shirley Peterson, Sara Jacobson, Charles Peterson (Cindy Lou), and Carla Young (Jesse). Dad loved both his families and enjoyed a close relationship with his sons and his step-children.
Parley left home in the last part of WWII and joined the Navy at age 17. He sailed into Tokyo Bay shortly after the surrender in 1945, helped prepare for the atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll after the war, and returned to active service for the Korean conflict, serving in Tacoma, Washington. Parley received a Bachelor's degree from Utah State in Industrial Arts Education. He worked for forty years as a plumber and pipe-fitter and was a proud member of the Plumbers' Union for fifty years.
Retirement did not slow Parley and Kathleen down. When he moved to Orem after the death of Dorothy and his marriage to Kathleen, he was very active in community and volunteer activities, including helping out at the Orem Senior Center with the bingo program, organizing bus tours and lunches, and spent some 10 years collecting donated food for distribution to needy seniors. In 2003, Parley and Kathleen were honored with the Walter C. Orem Citizenship award for their distinguished service to the senior center. He was an active member of the Orem Community Church and served on the Church Board.
Parley is survived by his wife Kathleen; five sons; sister-in-law, Donna Anderson, Springville; sister, Valynn Jorgensen (Phil), St George; and brother, Dean Anderson (Jackie), Cedar City. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy, and brother, Lamar Anderson, Springville.
Parley has continued his volunteer service after his passing - he donated his mortal remains to the University of Utah Medical Center so he could continue working and helping others after he was gone.
An informal Remembrance Service will be held at the Orem Community Church social hall on Sunday, September 7th, 11:30 a.m., 130 North 400 East Orem Utah. Family and friends are invited.
We very much love our father, husband, grandfather, brother and friend and we will miss him.

Published in Deseret News from Sept. 5 to Sept. 6, 2014

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