Edward Olen Anders went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at the age of 92, on December 15, 2018. His daughter, Elizabeth (Verhoeks), was at his bedside as his spirit departed his body. He had suffered from congestive heart failure for years but, despite the difficulties his illness caused, he always lived life to it’s fullest.
Ed was born in Huntsville, TX on December 6, 1926 to Ruby Orene Roberts and Arthur Olen Anders. He was gifted, musically, and began performing on the radio as a singer, guitar player and yodeller at a very young age. Though his musical career was short lived, he continued to love music for the rest of his life.
After completing high school, Ed entered the US Navy in July of 1944 and served for two years in the South Pacific as a Machinist’s Mate, 3rd Class on the destroyer, USS Higbee. Following military service, he attended Texas A&M University where he earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering. On May 10, 1952, he married Jo Ann Oliphint. On April 9, 1954, their first child, a daughter, Elizabeth Ann (Verhoeks) was born in Houston, TX. On November 2, 1956, there second child, a son, Michael Edward was born in Hobbs, NM.
Ed’s career as an engineer in the oil and gas Industry, provided the opportunity for him to travel, work and live in many locations both domestic and foreign. In 1958, the family moved to Maracaibo, Venezuela and in 1960 they were off again to Bogota, Columbia. After four years, Spanish had become their second language. The family returned to the US in 1962 where they once again settled in Houston, TX. where Ed worked for Global Marine. 1968 arrived and, with it, another move. This time, the family relocated to beautiful Corona Del Mar, CA. Ed’s love of boating and fishing was furthered by weekends spent on the water cruising Newport Harbor and occasional jaunts to Catalina Island. In 1971, the family returned to Houston where they lived until Ed retired from corporate life in 1980.
Ed and Jo Ann spent the 1980’s exploring the great Pacific Northwest in their RV. They purchased several homes in Washington State where salmon fishing and boating was one of his favorite pass times. In 1990, Ed and Jo Ann settled back in Texas, this time choosing the rolling hills of Kerrville where Jo Ann’s two sisters and their husbands lived. In 2016, Ed and Jo Ann made their final move to Sun City West, AZ to be near their daughter and her extended family.
Ed was a great visionary and his inherent ability to problem solve led to many inventions and patents to his name throughout his lifetime. He continued working on his ideas and patents right up to the final days of his life on Earth. Ed was always quick to give God credit for any and all innovative ideas that he had. One of his greatest desires was to see The Gospel of Jesus promoted throughout the world through proceeds from his inventions.
He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Sally Sue (Bevington). He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jo Ann, their daughter Elizabeth (Verhoeks) and husband, Mike, of Sun City West, AZ, their son Michael, of Hempstead, TX, grandsons, William Adam Verhoeks and wife, Emily Marie (DeMund), of Phoenix, AZ, Ryan Edward and wife, Tiffany (Brown), of Copeland, TX, granddaughters, Emily Ann (DeMund) and husband, Jesse, of Surprise, AZ, Melissa Kay (Allen) and husband, James, of Missouri City, TX, great-grandchildren, Madison Taylor DeMund, Audrey Elizabeth DeMund, Ryan James DeMund, Joshua Dean Verhoeks, Allison Elizabeth Allen, Matthew James Allen, Hannah Kathryn Anders, and Levi Ryan Anders along with a sister-in-law, four brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley @ www.hov.org
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