Dale Clarence Anderson passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland, Washington on May 11, 2017. He was 84 years old.
Dale was born on April 12, 1933 in Eveleth, Minnesota, to Clarence Anderson and Elinda Kreuger. He grew up in Virginia, Minnesota. He graduated in 1956 as a Civil Engineer from Michigan Tech University, Houghton, Michigan. Dale married Dorothy Saarikoski in 1957, a union that lasted just short of sixty years. They lived for a short time in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and South Bend, Indiana, before settling in the early sixties in Northwest Washington.
Dale was employed in the aerospace industry for 36 years—the last 32 years for the Commercial Airplane Division of The Boeing Company as an Engineering Manager on multiple airplane programs. His favorite program was the 747 program in Everett.
Dale and Dorothy raised their family in Bellevue. They had a family cabin on Harstene Island and spent summer vacation time there and in Northern Minnesota. They loved traveling to the Hawaiian Islands and the Southwest United States. As a couple they traveled to Asia and Europe. Dale and Dorothy later moved to Bothell.
Dale particularly enjoyed cooking and grilling and was a master at it. He liked running errands around town and coming home to relax with a good scotch and soda. He was always impatient for the sun to come out in the Northwest Spring so he could sit on his back deck and soak in the warmth. Dale is predeceased by his son, Dorn.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his daughter, Dorelle Edwards (Gary); sister, Susan McCain; brother, Dennis Anderson (Peg); and granddaughters, Holly and Lilly Edwards. Donations in Dale’s name may be made to Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Kirkland, Washington. Services will be private at Dale’s request. Remembrances of Dale for his family can be directed to the online guestbook at Cascade Memorial at firstname.lastname@example.org; or written to the family in care of Cascade Memorial at 13620 NE 20th St, Suite A, Bellevue, WA 98005; or to their residences.