Theodore Andersen Jr.

Funeral service and internment was held at Stearns Cemetery July 28, 2012, for Theodore Anderson Jr., who passed away January 26, 2012.

He was born in Viborg, S.D., January 14, 1923, the only child of Bernice Olson Andersen and Theodore Andersen Sr.

He moved to Los Angeles with his mother and father when he was a small child. In 1938, he attended the Citizens Military Training Camp at the Presidio in Monterey. He graduated from Compton Junior College where he studied psychology, chemistry, and philosophy.

From 1943 to 1946, during World War II, he served in the Merchant Marines out of Kings Point, N.Y., stopping at ports in Egypt, South Africa, Brazil, Hawaii, and Germany, among others. He loved to listen to live jazz music and would visit some of the clubs in New York and Los Angeles,

In March, 1951, Ted went to work for the L.A. Sheriff's Department as a deputy sheriff, detective, and then sergeant, where he met his future wife, Betty Bee Underwood, a radio dispatcher. They married in February of 1960, and he became stepfather to her children, Laura Lee Underwood (deceased) and Thomas Underwood. In June 1961 their only child, Tracy Diane Andersen, was born. After being forced to retire from the Sheriff's Department due to a heart attack in 1971, Ted and his family moved to Talent, Ore., where he worked as a real estate appraiser for the Jackson County Assessor's office and obtained his real estate broker's license. Post-retirement from the assessor's office, Ted enjoyed trips to the Oregon coast and Reno with his wife who, sadly, passed away in 1995. He also had a passion for golf and enjoyed meeting his friends for coffee, joining them for a round or two at the local golf courses. Ted lived with his daughter and her family from 2005 to 2011, and was able to be there when his two grandsons were born. He remained active, driving, playing golf with his childhood friend, vegetable gardening (especially tomatoes), feeding the wild birds, sightseeing and spending time with his family, enjoying his independence until mid 2011.

Ted was 89.

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