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Halfway, Baker County, Oregon

Wilhelm James “Bill” Anderson, 75, of Halfway died April 18, 2006, in Baker City.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Interment will be at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the service at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Fellowship Hall.

Bill was born on Jan. 10, 1931, at Valentine, Neb., to Arthur O. and Anna M. Galloway Anderson. At a young age, he moved with his parents to Whitney, Neb. He attended grade school and Chadron Prep in Chadron, Neb.

It was in high school that he met Carma Hawk.

Bill graduated from high school in 1949. On June 1, 1952, Bill and Carma were married at Chadron, Neb. They had three children: Dixie, Casey and Peggy.

Bill worked as a heavy equipment operator, building roads and dams from the time he was 18 until he retired in 1993. Bill and Carma’s first home was at Cheyenne, Wyo., where he worked for Morrison Knudson.

They lived at several places in Wyoming and Idaho. In 1955, the family moved to Brownlee where he worked on all three dams in the Hells Canyon area on the Snake River. The job he enjoyed best was pioneering the road to Hells Canyon Dam.

The family lived at Brownlee for six years and at Oxbow for seven years before moving to Halfway in 1969.

Bill enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. Steelhead fishing was one of his favorite pastimes. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was a member of the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church of Halfway, the Panhandle Snowmobile Club and the Lions Club.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and three brothers

Survivors include his wife, Carma; daughters, Dixie Anderson of Eugene and Peggy and her husband, Richard Roubidoux, of Pocatello, Idaho; a son, Casey, and his wife, Marla Anderson of Halfway; nine grandchildren, Kammy, Mitch, Venus, Tadd, CJay, Jodi, Devri, Chass and Scott; 19 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Haven Cemetery Beautification Fund or the charity of one’s choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 21, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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