There will be a celebration of Stevie in Kirkland. Time and place is TBD......in the meantime, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to Seattle Children's Hospital and/or in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Services.
Steve “Stevie / Andy” McKinnon Anderson
February 10, 1953 – January 18, 2016
After overcoming every obstacle and setback for almost five years, Steve died peacefully at home on the morning of January 18th under the loving care of his wife Cindy, daughter Jody, son-in-law Neal and new grandson Anderson Axel Schmidt.
Steve retired in 2013 after 24 years with the Snohomish County PUD, as Lead Foreman for the Tree Trimming Line Crews. He loved his crew of guys and gals. And they loved him just as much. Many of them continued to visit after retirement and right up until Steve’s passing.
Steve loved being in the fresh air and was an avid outdoorsman. He loved planning yearly summer hikes, fishing excursions, and golfing with his lifelong friends. Annual fishing trips to Sekiu and golf tournaments at Alta Lake were (and will continue to be) family traditions.
Behind their white picket fence, Steve and Cindy loved to tend their beautiful garden together and were even featured in several national magazines. And as the sun was setting, you could always find them on their vintage front porch, wine in hand, inviting you for a glass, or just some friendly conversation with anyone that wanted to.
Steve could make friends with anyone. He had a knack for knowing a bit of everything, but was never a “one-upper.” He was a great story teller and could remember finite details the rest of the world had forgotten. After you met him, he made you feel like he was your best friend, and you could walk away thinking that you knew him for years. The man simply did not know a stranger.
Steve and Cindy orchestrated and hosted many reunion parties with their friends and fellow Kangs from Lake Washington High School (c/o ’71) with Stevie as master DJ, spinnin’ vinyl records in The Cave for all to enjoy and dance the night away.
Steve is proceeded in death by his father Rod Anderson, and his older brother Chris Anderson. He is survived by his wife of 25 years Cindy, daughter Jody, son-in-law Neal Schmidt and new grandson Anderson “Andy” Axel Schmidt, named in loving tribute to his Grandy Steve. He is also survived by his mother Barbara B. Anderson and brother Tom Anderson along with children from his first marriage. Steve will also be forever loved by brother and sister in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and so many dear friends that it's too many to list in this small space.
We would like to thank all the family and friends and acquaintances that sent an abundance of love, support, and also nightly meals for the family during this rough time.
As you are reading this, take a moment to look out and watch the clouds go by. And tonight, go outside, look up and smile at the stars. Dad will forever be watching over us.
Dad, you will always be adored,
Y.F.G., Jodella, Neal the Wheel, and Baby Anderson