Elton Peter Andersen

10/14/1914 — 03/04/2012

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Buckhorn, WY

Elton Peter Andersen


Elton Peter Andersen, age 97, passed away at his home in Richland on March 4, 2012, with his family by his side. He was born October 14, 1914 on a ranch near Buckhorn, Wyoming to Peter and Lura Andersen. When Elton was two, they moved to a ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota. During his childhood, the family lived in various mining towns and timber camps and on ranches in and around the Black Hills.

Elton graduated from Hill City High School S.D. in 1932, and attended Nebraska State Teachers College at Chadron, Nebraska from 1935 to 1939. He graduated with a B.S. Degree, with a major in Industrial Arts Education, and taught at Lewellen, Nebraska before World War II.

During World War II, Elton spent 4½ years in the Army Air Corps in the U.S., North Africa and Italy. After discharge in October 1945, he taught Industrial Arts Shop classes at Craig, Colorado for three years. He attended Colorado A & M College at Fort Collins, Colorado and received a Masters Degree in Industrial Arts Education.

In 1947, he married Irma Carr from Locust Gap, Pennsylvania in Hill City, S.D. They moved to Richland, Washington in 1948, where Elton taught chemistry, math, electronics and Industrial Arts Shop classes at Columbia High School in Richland until retiring in 1976. He worked summers as a carpenter, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. No matter where he went, former students would recognize him and reintroduce themselves.

He was preceded in death by his wife Irma in 1999. He is survived by his son James Andersen, and his daughter, Patty Venier David.

A family service was held Thursday, March 8.

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  • Jim and Patty, our thoughts and Prayers are with you during this time. I often thought of your dad over the years sence those days at Col High. I had your dad for Electronics in 1965 and 66. It was him that realy started my 42+ years in electronics. I remimber his classes and the fun I had. I ran into your dad the last time about 20 years ago but that was it.

    May God be with you all

    Mike & Carol Tesky
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • To Eldon’s family–I enjoyed your Dad while I was teaching at Columbia High School from 1957 to 1962. After that I was at the Adm. building and signed his pay check. I would also see him at the Retired Teacher’s meetings.

    Don Wick
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • RIP Mr. Anderson

    Bernie Qualheim
    November 4, 2014
    Gig, Harbor, WA, US
  • I always enjoyed being in

    Mr. Anderson’s classes.

    Alway there to help you

    Jerry Boyd
    November 4, 2014
    Yakima, WA, US
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