Willard Laverne Anderson located to Turlock with his family from South Dakota in 1946. He is the son of Albin & Elvira Anderson, originally from Sweden, and Willard has been a Turlock residence since his family moved here from South Dakota in 1946.
Willard was born in South Dakota on July 24, 1931 and died on May 31, 2014 at Acacia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Modesto. At the age of 17 he started his first and only job at Saunders AC and Heating in Turlock. He retired from Saunders after 55 years of employment. He belonged to Bethel Temple (now known as Harvest Christian Center) and was a Sunday School Bus Driver in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, and he and his family also served as church custodians and Christian Education Teachers. His hobby and greatest enjoyment was maintaining his rose garden and the fruit trees in his beautiful backyard.
He is survived by his niece Donna Cook, her husband Terry and nephew Danny Bovee.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 3pm at Allen Mortuary with Pastor Terry Cook and Pastor Herb Henry officiating