Date of Birth: January 16, 1938
Date of Death: January 23, 2021
Andy was born in Bismarck North Dakota, on January 16, 1938. The only son of Judge Lester Anderson and homemaker Elnora Anderson. He shared his early childhood with his beloved sister, Alma. Andy played football in high school in Dickenson N.D., whereafter graduation and College, he transferred from his two years with the National guard and served in the United States Marine Corp for four more years. It was while on leave from the Marine Corp. in California he found his next passion, Horse Racing. 35 years ago, he opened Andersons in Phoenix with his wife Sandi. Over the years he enjoyed visiting with his many customers until he retired 8 years ago. After retirement he spent precious time with his very dear family and friends. He loved reminiscing with his mentor and close friend Richard Hazelton about the old days. Watching his children grow and succeed. He delighted in the day to day lives, antics and sports events of his grandchildren. Andy leaves behind beloved family and friends - His sister Alma (Del) Lien of Independence, MO. Wife Sandi of 40 years. Ryan (Ashley) Porter, Rylee and Kellan – Kristina (Jeff Polanco), Scott and Becky Hazelton, Addison, Emma and Kate, Colleen Walsh, Connie and Lloyd West, Geri and Gordon Gowdy, nephews Cory West (Julie), Robert Wise (Lisa), Richard Wise, Mark Lien (Indira), and Brett Lien. His niece Julie Reno (Travis) pre-deceased him. He spent his final years, walking his beloved dogs in the park, visiting with neighbors, reading, watching TVG, and keeping a watchful eye on his children and delighted in the news of a new granddaughter. Andy passed peacefully at home, he was so grateful to friend and physician Dr. Jeff Ronn for his excellent care and dear friend Pat Heichel for her support in the last weeks and to Judy and Nadia at Hospice of the Valley for their care over the last months which allowed him to be at home.
Due to concerns for COVID 19 – A Memorial and Marine Veteran Service will be planned later at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.