Andy was born to Fred and Elizabeth (Wandschneider) Anderson in Sparta, Wisc., on May 29, 1924.
He joined the Army Air Corp in 1942 and served as a navigator/bombardier with the 97th Bombardment Group during World War II. On Sept. 13, 1944, following a mid-air dog fight, he and his crew were forced to bail out over western Poland. He was captured and imprisoned in the German Prisoner of War (POW) Camp Stalag Luft 1 at Barth, Germany, a small town on the Baltic Sea. Nine and a half months later in May of 1944 his camp was liberated and by late June he was back in the U.S. During his military career, Andy received numerous awards and decorations including Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Citation, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Japan, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal with 4 Bronze Loops,
Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Air Force Reserve Medal and Air Force Longevity Service Award
Ribbon with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters. Andy retired at the rank of captain after more than 24 years of faithful and conscientious service to his country. He
then worked an additional 11 years as a civil servant for the U.S. Navy before retiring and settling in Altus.
Andy was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Altus, the American Legion, VFW Post #4876 and in statewide veterans affairs.
Andy married Nellena (Snorts) Marsh in Petersburg, Va., on Nov. 12, 1965. She preceded him in death in 1995. He was also preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Nancy Fox who was of Shawnee.
Andy is survived by one daughter, Brenda Petzold of Wichita Falls, Texas; one son, Cooper Campbell and wife Kathy of Blair; one brother, Clarence F. Anderson and wife Ida of Milwaukee, Wisc., a son-in-law, Dr. Ed Fox of Shawnee; 11 grandchildren, Tony Fox and wife Julie of Little Rock, Ark., Todd Fox and wife Laura of Smyrna, Del., Amber Hixon and husband Richard of Lawton, Christy Turvaville and husband Mark of Erick, Dusty Petzold of Altus, Tammy Campbell of Altus, Talyan Petzold and wife Cheri of Altus, Britney Winkleman and husband Will of Brenham, Texas, Sabra Campbell of Duke, Tacara Mardis and husband Matt of Canyon, Texas, John Campbell of Blair; 23 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
The family will greet guests from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2005, in the Lowell-Tims Chapel with the Rev. Ronald Boelte and B.J. Armstrong officiating. Interment will follow at the Navajoe Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
Online tributes can be made to the family of Eugene D. (Andy) Anderson at www.lowell-tims.com.