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Lyle Murray Anderson

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 2nd, 2012

Lyle Anderson
Lyle Murray Anderson, 67, of Otis, Ore., died unexpectedly from a fall on Sept. 7, 2012 at his boathouse in Portland, Ore.

He was born July 26, 1945 to Leslie and Jeanette Anderson and grew up on a dairy farm in Clermont, Iowa. He proudly served in the U.S. Marines Corps, serving in Vietnam, and he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. He enjoyed a long career working for electrical utility companies, first in Iowa and Wisconsin, then moving to Oregon, where he worked for Pacific Power & Light Company in Lincoln City until he retired.

He married Suzie Harville, and they later divorced.

Never one to sit still, Lyle kept busy in his retirement. In addition to the many ongoing projects at his home in Otis, he acquired his boat, the “Dock Holiday” and boathouse that he moored at McCuddy’s Marina, where he was an active part of the community life. He was proud to be a Marine, and he had a strong bond with his veteran friends.

Lyle was adventurous and passionate about everything, including his family, friends, carpentry, fishing, hunting, riding his Harley, skiing, yachting, vacationing in Mexico and Hawaii, and more. He loved cooking and preparing special dishes. He had a green thumb and grew beautiful flowers and vegetables. He had an artistic side as well, evidenced in his landscaping and in his homes. He always brought excitement and interesting conversation into any room.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Jeanette Anderson; brother, Stanley Anderson; his grandparents; and other relatives.

He is survived by his two children, Shaun Anderson of Portland, Ore. and Tina (Chris) Duffenbach of Trempealeau, Wis., and their mother, Suzie Anderson of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; sisters, Janice (Roger) Torson of Hiawatha, Iowa and Marilyn (Roger) Falb of Elgin, Iowa; grandchildren, Taylor, Noah, and Ryann Duffenbach; and many nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, followed by a reception at the Broadmoor Golf Course. A celebration of life will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Elks Wapiti Park in Lincoln City. Inurnment will be in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

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