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11/27/1938 — 01/22/2024
From Kennewick, WA | Born in Pasco, WA
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Roger Howard Anderson, 85, of Kennewick, Washington passed away on January 22, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.
Roger was born to Chris and Mary Anderson on November 27, 1938 in Pasco. He joined older sister Mary Esther.
Roger grew up in Richland and attended Lewis and Clark Elementary, Carmichael Junior High, and Columbia High School. After graduation, he attended Central Washington University and was a member of the Wildcat Swim Team, where he set and held multiple swimming records. It was at CWU that Roger met his wife, Diane Clasen. They met, married, and started their family in Ellensburg.
Roger and Diane returned to Richland where he pursued a career in scientific product sales. They raised their three daughters in Richland, Spokane, and Vancouver, Washington.
Roger and Diane have spent the majority of their retired life living in Kennewick. They enjoyed attending WSU football games in their RV, deer camp with family, camping, traveling, and taking their annual trips to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Roger was the patriarch of his family and his wife, daughters, and grandchildren were his world.
Roger is survived by his wife, Diane Anderson; daughters, Tamra Crider (Craig) and Lorie Zimmer (Mike); grandchildren, Katie Crider Ickes (Curtiss), Brandt Crider (Hayley), Kaylee Zimmer, Kelly Zimmer Leinback (Chad), Jeff Zimmer (Danika), Dustin Dirks, Jed Zimmer (Ashley), Riley Dirks, Chad Crider, and Cameron Dirks; and 11, soon to be 13, great grandchildren.
Roger is preceded in death by his parents, Chris and Mary Anderson; daughter, Jamie Anderson Dirks; sister, Mary Esther Lippold; and other beloved family members.
Roger requested an informal gathering of family and friends to be held in the spring. He will join his parents, daughter, sister, and brother-in-law at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Columbarium in Kennewick.
Roger was loved dearly and will be greatly missed. The Anderson family appreciates the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time.
Diane and family.
I just learned today of Rogers passing. Thinking of you and your family. We pray for peace and ccomfort during this difficult time.
Roger was such a wonderful father to my best friend Lorie. In part he seemed like a father to me as I used to spend so much time at their house and with the family. He was a one of a kind and had the best sense of humor. He loved teasing me and telling a story about me when we were crab fishing on his boat. I won’t share details, but he loved that story and loved sharing it with all who were around when he got the chance. He loved his wife Diane dearly and all his daughters and grandchildren. I am heartbroken with this loss and find comfort knowing is he up in heaven seeing his mom and dad who also were amazing! Roger left a legacy of love and family. I miss you big Rodge…..Thank you for being part of my life and for always having a hug and a huge smile for me. May you rest in peace.
Diane and Family- I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Roger. So many of my best childhood memories were spent with you, Roger, and Jamie. Big hugs to all of you. I am so sad, but what does give me a little smile is knowing Roger has his arms around Jamie right now. Lots of love.
Diane – Tom and I want you to know how sorry we are at Roger’s passing. You have both been such wonderful neighbors. Much love to you and your family.
Dear Diane and Family
We are so sorry for the loss of Roger. He was a great guy. We were lucky to have him as a friend for so many years. You are in our thoughts.
Betty and Gary
Dear Diane and family,
We are sorry for the loss of you Husband, Dad, and Papa. Roger was an amazing person and we were lucky to have him as a friend. We remember many good times with you. You are in our thoughts.
Betty and Gary
I’m so sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. He was a wonderful guy. He had a great sense of humor and was so helpful in the Pacific Northwest Mustang Club. I’m proud to have had him as a friend.
Diane and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Roger. Was thinking about the wonderful visit we had a couple of years ago and how much I appreciated it. Roger was a big part of mine and Larrys circle of friends when we were in high school. Always loved that great smile! I will be keeping you all in my prayers.
Sending you hugs Diane.
Dear Diane and Family: I am sorry for your loss of Roger. My parents are also very sorry for your loss. I hope you are doing as good as you can. Sincerely, Sandy Faulds and Family
Dear Diane and Family,
We are SO SAD to hear this news. So many wonderful memories as neighbors, great friends for years, camp trips, Arizona, and our most recent trip to Long Beach for 4 days of food, fun, and friendship. So glad we got some great pictures, and attended the class of ’57 reunion together. Also, our last summer lunch at the Golf course restaurant, and all the laughs, and memories thru all the years. We will miss you Roger, and the laughs, smiles, and hugs’ Hope to head to AZ soon. Keep in touch. Love you all!
Mary and Ken Roberts
I’m so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed our baseball talks at the Dust Devils games. My prayers are with your family.
This is very devastating news. My friend of so many years and so much fun we had in High school, at Safeway, at Central and as time went on. We walked different paths, but I always remember that big smile and his matter of fact ways. Roger was a bigger than life in many ways and I know he will truly be missed by his family and friends. I can only send the enduring thought of an Ancient Greek philosopher who said: “ all life has the same steps. A beginning and an end and that is what makes life, life”. I trust all when ai say Roget was truly a good man and as big as life can be. Jim Hoff
Oh my, so sorry to see this! Roger was always such a kind man. He spoke highly of his family and often had a positive or funny story to share about one of them. It seems like he always had a smile to share whenever I’d cross with him out and about.
I pray his memories will soon continue to bring smiles and laughter to you as he did. I’m betting there are many stored up stories to share with thankfulness for each.
Wow, what a life he had with a fantastic family.