Obituary: Donald Kenneth Anderson


Obituary: Donald Kenneth Anderson, 85, died March 24, 2024, with family by his side at his home in Shelton Washington. At his request, no service will be held. Donald was born May 31, 1938 in Seattle, Washington, to Kenneth Adolph and Dorthy Marilla Mays Anderson. He graduated from Edmonds High School 1956. Donald enlisted into the United State Marine Corps in April 1958, where he went to boot camp in San Diego, CA. While in the Marine Corps, Lance Cpl Donald K Anderon completed a 20-day deployment to Yuma, AZ with the Marine All Weather Fighter Squadron 314 from the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, Santa Ana, CA which consisted of air to air rocketry exercises, gunnery and electronics problems in 1960. He served five years eleven months and was honorably discharged March 20, 1964. While in the service he was stationed in Japan, this is where Donald figured out his love for travelling. Throughout his early years, Donald worked as a carpenter and joined the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Union #131 in Seattle, WA. He was a stone mason for many years and built a lot of the bulkheads in the area and worked on the Pemco Building in Seattle. Doing this hard work is how he earned money to travel. As he got older he built and owned his own business doing what he loved; traveling, locating rocks, fossils, crystals making jewelry and doing photography. He loved reading and owned many older books. His main hobby was photography. He had beautiful photos around his home. Donald was a published wildlife photographer. Donald has traveled to many parts of the world, sometimes taking people in his van to diverse destinations such as Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Asia, Europe, Thailand, New Zealand, Bolivia and Communist Russia. He loved hiking with friends which included hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro. Donald loved meeting new people and telling stories of his travels. He was an active member of the Shelton Senior Center; enjoying their walking group and Tai Chi until this past year due to health issues. Donald was preceded in death by his sister Annette Ayerst and her husband, Jack Ayerst He is survived by his brother, Richard Anderson, Oregon; Nephews, Charles Anderson, Oregon, Doug Ayerst, Washington, Darrel Ayerst, California; Niece, Debbie Corrigan. Donations can be made to the Wild Felid Advocacy Center of Washington 3111 E Harstine Island Rd N Shelton WA 98584 or donate to or Shelton Senior Center Shelton Washington

Funeral arragements: By Forest Funeral Home-Shelton No services at the request of Mr. Anderson.

Birth info: 05/31/1938, Seattle, WA

Death info: 03/21/2024, Shelton, WA

Photo: attached

Submitted by: Leona Anderson

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