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Rollin "Andy" E. Anderson

April 8, 1928 March 9, 2020
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Rollin (Andy) Eugene Anderson
April 8, 1928 – March 9, 2020

Rollin (Andy) Eugene Anderson passed away March 9, 2020, in Walla Walla, Washington, after a brief illness. He was born April 8, 1928, in Mountain View, California, to Oscar Andre Anderson and Clarice Mildred Butcher Anderson. He was the second of three children, having an older sister, Cleone, and a younger sister, Arline.

At the age of four, his family moved to Grants Pass, Oregon. He spent the rest of his childhood between Oregon and California ending up for four years at Laurelwood Academy in Gaston, Oregon, where he graduated in 1946.

After graduation, his family moved to Modesto, California, and then later back to Mountain View, California. Andy, as all of his friends called him by then, began working full-time in construction and electrical—skills that he had been learning since early childhood. He built his first treehouse when he was only eight and wired more than one complete house while still in high school. His early skills allowed him to buy his first new car within a year of finishing academy.

In 1948, he met Melba Dickman, the sister of his best friend, Louie Dickman. They were married on August 27, 1950. Soon after, Andy was drafted into the U.S. Army. He did his basic training at Fort Ord, California, and then was sent to San Antonio, Texas, to be trained as an x-ray technician. Melba moved to Texas on her own to be with him during his training, as, in those days, spouses were not supported by the Army during training. In June, 1951, Andy received orders to go to Korea. He served as an X-ray technician in a MASH hospital in what is now the DMZ in Korea. Their first daughter, Dolores Aline, was born while Andy was in Korea. She was four months old when he returned in June, 1952. Andy was fortunate to serve in Korea with an Adventist friend he met in x-ray tech school. The two families remained friends for many, many years.

After being honorably discharged from the Army, Andy returned to the same construction company he had worked for before being drafted. Their second daughter, Janet LaVern, was born in 1953, followed by another daughter, Joyce Marie, in 1955. A son, Allen Eugene, was born in 1958. During these years, Andy partnered with a friend to start their own construction company, C & A Builders. He also built a new, larger home for the growing family.

In 1963, Andy and Melba made the decision to move away from California to a more rural setting in Cottage Grove, Oregon. They lived there until 1968. At that time, Andy was offered a position as a builder at Milo Academy in Days Creek, Oregon. He also taught a shop class at the academy. When the building projects at Milo Academy were completed, Andy again formed a building partnership in the Days Creek area, A & A Builders. The family moved from the academy campus to a house Andy had built nearby.

In 1990, Andy retired from his full-time building partnership. But he had lots to keep him busy. A few years prior to that, Melba had convinced him to go on a volunteer project with Maranatha Volunteers, International. After some persuasion, he went and was “hooked.” They continued to go on as many projects as they could, sometimes with Andy being the construction supervisor and Melba being the cook. Andy even went on some projects by himself before Melba retired. They traveled to many different countries as well as all over the United States, including more than one project in Alaska and Hawaii. Andy was proud to tell you he had visited more than 55 countries as well as all 50 States.

Deciding to downsize after the passing of their parents, Andy and Melba purchased property in Savannah, Tennessee, near Melba’s brother, Louie, in 1999. They built a large shop building and lived in it while they built their new home. It was there that their four children, six grandsons, and many other family and friends surprised them for their 50th wedding anniversary in 2000.

Sadly, Melba passed away unexpectedly early in 2002. Andy stayed in Tennessee to finish the last projects on their house. He then decided to move back to the West Coast. He moved to Walla Walla, Washington, in 2004, and moved into the basement apartment in his daughter, Janet’s, house.

He continued to travel, go on mission trips, as well as working daily on various woodworking crafts in his shop. He was known for selling his wood crafts at local craft sales. He also volunteered countless hours locally for church building and electrical projects. He was a life-long member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and, locally, a member of the College Place Village SDA church.

He participated in his last Mission project in 2017 at the age of 89, although he went by daily to “check out the progress” on the Maranatha Spanish church project in College Place in the spring of 2018. He participated in a total of 81 mission projects.

For his 90th birthday, all four of his children accompanied him on a two-week cruise from San Francisco to Hawaii and back. His 92-year-old sister, Cleone, went with them as well. He said it was the best birthday present he could have received since he loved to travel and spend time with family.

Andy was preceded in death by his wife, Melba, his parents, Oscar and Clarice Anderson, and his younger sister, Arline Anderson McGuire. He is survived by his four children—Dolores Morgan (Vernon), Walla Walla, Washington; Janet Anderson, Walla Walla, Washington; Joyce Haggett (Ken), Pembroke, New Hampshire; and Allen Anderson (Susan), Gardnerville, Nevada; six grandsons—Brian and Brandon Morgan, Cody and Trevor Haggett, and Ryan and Mark Anderson; three great grandchildren—Aeja, Nathan, and Victoria Morgan; and his sister, Cleone Anderson, plus nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 15, from 1 to 3 pm at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Funeral Home, 1551 The Dallas Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Graveside services will be March 25th in Savannah, Tennessee, where he will be buried next to his wife, Melba.

Memorial contributions to Maranatha Volunteers, International, or Gospel Outreach can be made through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Funeral Home. Friends and family may share memories and sign the online guestbook at at

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