Alfred (Bud) Arnold AndersonDecember 29, 1925 ~ October 30, 2017 (age 91)
Alfred Arnold Anderson was born to Elza and Mamie Anderson on December 29, 1925. He was born on a wheat farm near Glen Elder, Kansas, located in the north/central region of the state. He had three older sisters named Mildred, Agnes, and Evelyn. They called him Buddy for awhile until his parents decided his name would be Alfred, but family and friends called him Bud, Uncle Bud, or Grandpa Bud throughout his life. He usually introduced himself as Bud Anderson.
His mother was killed in a car accident when he was 3 years old. His father eventually married Nettie Conrad, but she passed away after about a year. Elza never remarried again. Bud’s sisters helped with work around the farmhouse, and Bud often went with his father into the fields during the day. When it was cold, he was bundled up and laid in a box prepared for him on his father’s farm equipment. When old enough, Bud attended school at a one room country school house.
Bud’s grandfather came from West Virginia and his grandmother came from Iowa. They were first to homestead farmland in the area after it became available. Bud’s father farmed on nearby land that was leased. When Bud was about 12 years old, a storm ruined their crops. His father decided to sell his animals and equipment so he could settle his debts. He took Bud and traveled west where employment was expected. A car accident occurred in Colorado, and Bud needed hospitalization for a while to recover from injuries. Elza found work with construction on the Green Mountain Dam, and they stayed in Colorado while work was available. They moved to Washington where Elza worked at the Hanford Site, and later moved to Neah Bay, Washington, where he continued to do construction work.
World War II was on, and Bud was inducted into the Army on June 5, 1944. He requested duty with the 10th Mountain Division and was assigned to the division’s 85th Regiment. He was sent to Italy where he was wounded in his right shoulder while in the Po Valley. The Po Valley was essential for taking Riva Ridge and Mt. Belvedere from German forces. After months of hospitalization and recuperation, he was not capable of using a rifle and was assigned to light duty which included tasks such as driving the Colonel’s jeep.
When the war in Europe ended, the 10th Mountain Division was disbanded and Bud’s regiment became part of the Army’s 2nd Division. They were shipped back to the U.S. for leave and to prepare for fighting the war in the Pacific. The atomic bomb ended that war before they were deployed, and he was discharged on April 30, 1946. He went to Stockton, California where his father had moved to work on a new construction project.
Bud worked as an auto mechanic, and later was a forklift operator at Sharpe Army Depot in Lathrop, California. He married June Evelyn Coolidge in Stockton on September 19, 1948. They had 3 children who were named Mark, Miles, and Marla. He eventually became a heavy equipment operator and continued in that occupation until he retired.
Bud and June separated after their 3 children were married. Bud moved to the east bay area where he worked for a friend’s construction company. He met Pat, and they became friends because of their common fondness for black and white collie dogs. They eventually married and lived in Fremont and Vacaville, California for a time. After the earthquake that struck the bay area on October 17, 1989, Bud received a certificate of recognition for assistance he provided in operations requiring heavy equipment.
Bud and Pat moved to Atwater, California where they lived until she passed away in 2006. Bud continued to live there until his health required him to have help. He lived his last 3 years at Bethany Home in Ripon, California. Bud was happiest when he was doing things in the outdoors. He loved the mountains and the activities he enjoyed most were camping, hunting, and fishing. He is survived by his three children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.