Warren Earl Anderson passed away on July 6, 2020, in Morgantown, West Virginia, following hospitalization and illness after a fall. He was 81 years old.
Warren was born in Peoria, Illinois, on May 1, 1939, the first child of John Gustave and Gwendolyn Ruth (Orsinger) Anderson. During the Second World War, Warren’s mother raised him while she worked at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, and his father served as an engineer in the U.S. Army in England. A strong-willed youngster, Warren reveled after the war in exploring much of Washington, D.C., on his own. He sometimes found himself near exciting events, such being within a few blocks of the attempt on President Truman’s life in November 1950.
In 1957, Warren joined the Army and trained as a combat engineer. He served until 1961 in the reserve unit commanded by his father in northern Virginia and attained the rank of sergeant. Shortly thereafter, Warren began working for the Hahn Shoe Company and worked his way up to the position of regional store manager. After the company filed for bankruptcy in 1995, Warren and one of his buddies formed a successful courier service in the greater Washington, D.C., area. After they sold the business, Warren drove a taxi for Red Top Cab in Arlington until retirement.
After his retirement, he moved from northern Virginia, where he had lived all his life, to Grafton, West Virginia, where he lived until just before his passing with his good friends, Scott and Mae Brooks. Warren was adored by their children and grandchildren.
Warren loved family – and his sister’s two children were constant sources of immense pride and joy. He traveled often to Iowa to visit his Anderson relatives at their large family reunions. Warren also greatly enjoyed fishing and spent many happy hours with friends and relatives at the lake at Black Pine Beach Resort near Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. Between laughing and storytelling in the boat, he sometimes even caught a fish.
Warren was a life-long devoted fan of the Washington National Football League team. He attended the team’s appearances at the Super Bowl in San Diego and Minneapolis, and even caught a game ball after a field goal in San Diego.
Warren was a gregarious “people person.” His exuberant personality will be missed by all who knew him.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents and sister Lynne Jeanette Watson. He is survived by his brother-in-law, Tom Watson; his nephew and niece, John (Beth) Watson and their two sons, and Shannon (Robbie) Winston and their daughter; and eight first cousins from his father’s siblings.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service and celebration of Warren’s life is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Warren’s name to a veterans’ charity, such as the USO, Disabled American Veterans, or Toys for Tots.
Bartlett funeral Home is honored to be handling the arrangements for the Anderson family. Online condolences can be sent to the Anderson family at www.bartlettfunerlhomewv.com
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