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May 3, 1922 - April 20, 2014 BOSSIER CITY, LA George R. Anderson was born May 3, 1922, in St. Charles, IL to Robert Beith and Fannie Sharp Anderson. Straight from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in September 1940 and completed flying school in 1943. As aircraft commander with the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, the Jolly Rogers, he flew 54 B-24 combat missions in the South West Pacific Area and the Philippines during WWII. Loyalty and service to country led to enlistment into the U.S. Air Force. From 1946 through 1953, George was assigned to HQ Strategic Air Command in Omaha, NE. In the later 1950s, he attended KC-135 flight school at Castle AFB preparing him for his next assignment of converting the refueling fleet from KC-97s to KC-135s at Bunker Hill AFB, IN. During the 1950s, his duties included piloting both B-47 and B-52 aircraft, working as the chief of maintenance, as bombardment squadron commander, as well as completing a B.S. degree in business. George was chosen to attend the Industrial War College in Fort Meyer, VA in 1964, graduating published in the summer of 1965 with an M.S. degree in business administration. He was then transferred to Tinker AFB, OK, taking the new position of Weapons System Manager at the Air Logistics Center. After three years, his last assignment took him to Kadena AFB on Okinawa at the height of the Vietnam War. Supporting flying missions during the Arc Light missions, he occasionally piloted an aircraft to maintain his flight status, returning control back to the crew before the drop zone. In the summer of 1969, he and wife, Alice, retired in Midwest City, OK, where he took a couple of teaching positions in the Mid-Del School District and also taught at Oscar Rose Junior College. George and Alice later retired to a small acreage in Lufkin, TX, where he enjoyed being a gentleman farmer. They joined the local country club and spent their time golfing, raising cattle and round dancing. They greatly enjoyed their motor home and traveled extensively, visiting family and friends. George was dedicated to his country as is obvious by his participation in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam wars. In later life, he became more intensely involved with family and friends, to everyone's pleasure. He was extremely well-read, consuming books covering a broad variety of subjects. George is survived by his devoted wife of 71 years, Alice; three sons, Ken and wife Pam, of Bossier City, LA; David and wife Martha, of Oklahoma City, OK; and Rob, of Washougal, WA; eight grandchildren and soon to be four great-grandchildren. Services were held Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home, Haughton, LA. Officiating was George's grandson, Pastor Christian Anderson, of Bellingham, WA.

Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 27, 2014
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