Steve Anderson

Born: Kirkland on 10 February 1953

Passed away: Kirkland on 18 January 2016

Aged: 62 years

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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.


The Story

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
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Your pain is in my heart.May you find comfort in Revelation21:3,4-“and death will be no more......” .You are in my prayers.

lil rose

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A classic Sekiu photo with Steve and Sam! Look at the fish!

Maximillian Perrigo shared a photo.

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Steve was my favorite uncle. Although he was not my actual uncle, it never stopped him from treating me like family and caring for me. As soon as I became great friends with Sam, Steve entered my life as the awesome uncle. Little did I know that this man had been friends with my father since before my time. Throughout the years of visiting he taught me many things about growing up and becoming a respectful young adult. From raiding the candy drawer at the house in Kirkland to fishing the endless waves outside of Sekiu, Steve you are and always will be missed. You taught me mostly what I know about Salmon fishing and how to filet them. Although I wasn't a big fan of the salmon scrambled eggs for breakfast in Sekiu, it never stopped me from trying. I am so thankful that I got to spend as many years with you as I did. Unfortunately I did not get to say goodbye, which means I will just have to settle with I will see ya later! Lots of Love from Max and the rest of the Perrigo family.

Maximillian Perrigo shared a photo.

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May the God of all comfort be with you and your family during this time of sadness. Death is something unnatural, it was never in God's original plan, but because Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they brought death and all of its effects upon mankind. But God has made a wonderful provision for all those who have fallen asleep in death, at John 5:28,29 God promises to resurrect all persons back to life. Just imagine your husband, father, and friend back in your arms once again. With no pain or sickness, new and young again. In a beautiful paradise setting, planting flowers and playing with all types of animals. One day soon that will be a reality. If you would like to learn more on how you and your family can personally be there, please jw.org and look up the Bible tract "Can the dead really live again?" Please read this along with your copy of the Bible.

Chevelle Busby

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Cindy, My heart aches for your loss, and is thankful for the life you and Steve shared together and with all of us. Steve gave me a gift, he actually gave it to all of us who had the opportunity and privilege of spending time with him. He gave us the gift of how he chose to live his life. He chose to live the life he was given without bitterness, anger, regret or despair. He chose to be hopeful, positive, kind, loving and welcoming; and those choices have made a lasting impact on me and I'm sure many others. He once said he did not fear death but saw it as a new journey. What a brave and beautiful perspective. Thank you Steve and Cindy for sharing your lives with all of us. We have all been forever impacted by your love and commitment to one another. You are daily in my prayers. With love

Pam (Morse) Schuman

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When we were around 6 years old, Steve brought to school, in a glass jar, a tiny frog the size of a teardrop. I fell on the playground and was crying when he walked up to me and gifted me his frog! I was forever in love with him from that day forward.

Michele/Misha Ethier-Anderson

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Michele/Misha Ethier-Anderson

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Michele/Misha Ethier-Anderson

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Though he is gone, his memory and sense of presence will remain and continue to give us joy in the reminiscences we share. There will always be an extension of Steve's spirit viscerally connecting us together. Steve is an intrinsic part of our lives, held together with a common thread. Through his big-hearted way of 'being', he left us with a piece of his heart deeply embedded within our own, making us all a better person because of him. I can feel Steve's heart pouring music into all of our homes. I envision his ocean-blue eyes and wide smile. My arms are wide open as I welcome him and smile back. Thank-you Cindy for sharing your home and beloved Stevie. Your courage, love and grace in recent years has been evident. I wish you much love, peace and tenderness. In the midst of Winter I discovered that there was in me an invincible Summer ~Albert Camus

Michele/Misha Ethier-Anderson

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I feel this unrelenting pressure resting upon my heart. Dear Cindy, You do not weep alone, as weeping with unendurable grief is a shared universal human emotion

Michele/Misha Ethier-Anderson

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