July 7, 1928 March 14, 2014
Marion L. “Lew” Anderson, age 85, of Lebanon formerly of Roseburg, died, Friday, March 14, 2014 surrounded by family in his home.
He was born July 7, 1928 in Beech Creek, Kentucky, and his grandfather was a coal-mining, share cropping tobacco farmer; his father was a coal miner and barber who performed soft-shoe dances on railway station platforms to earn a little extra cash. His mother raised 35 special needs foster children during her life.
While still in high school he joined a dance band as a drummer playing in speak easies throughout Louisville. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U. S. Navy serving in the submarine force. He served on the USS Pomfret with Lt. J. G. Jimmy Carter. He was delighted to receive a personal greeting from the former President and Mrs. Carter in celebration of his 80th birthday. He travelled much of the world during his naval career including visits to Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Guam and Wake Island. He earned Golden Shellback status by crossing the Equator and the 180th meridian simultaneously.
In 1949 he married Joy Tatiana Podgorenco and together they raised two children. Life at sea proved difficult for a family man so he re-enlisted in the U. S. Air Force serving at Vandenberg A. F. B. in California. His team was on Red Alert for launching an ICBM during the Bay of Pigs crisis. He pitched softball for countless teams and loved to tell the story of the day he pitched a perfect game.
Lew earned an AA degree, the only member of his generation in his family to pursue post high school education. He lived longer than any other male member of his large clan by several decades. He has been a loyal friend of Bill Wilson for nearly 28 years. He believed in the 12 steps and did his best to practice the principles in all his affairs. Lew moved to Roseburg from San Diego in 1993 and came to Lebanon in 2007.
He was predeceased by his parents, George and Alma Anderson; his younger brother, Billy; and his wife, Joy. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Ben Johnson of Lebanon, Oregon and son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Sarah Anderson of El Cajon, California; five grandchildren, six great- grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild.
Plans for a memorial service are pending. Huston-Jost Funeral Home is handling arrangements.