Vernon Anderson, 78, of Mabton passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2012, in Mabton.

Vernon was born Feb. 15, 1934 in Sunnyside and lived most of his life within five miles of the land his grandfather settled on Green Valley Road, Mabton.

In his youth he was active in 4-H and FFA.

He graduated from Sunnyside High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural engineering from Washington State College and was an officer of the WSC class of 1956. While in college he was in Army ROTC and then served in U.S. Army Reserves.

Vern married Janet Hanson on June 21, 1958. They enjoyed 53 years of marriage.

Vern worked for the Bureau of Reclamation and Collier, Carbon and Chemical Corporation prior to starting Anderson Engineering in 1971. He worked as a consulting engineer for the rest of his life. He also served as the engineer for the Sunnyside Port District.

Vern was very active in the community. He was in leadership in Sunnyside United Methodist Church, Elks, Masons, Rotary and Lower Valley Squares.

He was a member of Shriners, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, Structural Engineers Association of Washington and Lower Valley Golf Club.

Vern is survived by his wife, Janet M. Anderson; daughters, Karol (Doug) Snook of Spokane Valley and Jill (Mike) Shuttleworth of Sunnyside; son: Steven Anderson of Sunnyside; grandchildren, Dan Snook, Helen (Alex) Jetter, Nathan Snook, Emily Shuttleworth, Rachel Snook, Hannah Snook and John Snook; siblings, Phyllis (Vic) Kaiser of Outlook, Patty (Don) Durkee and Judy (John) Repp of Yakima, Larry (Alona) Anderson of Packwood; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, Fred and Frances Anderson; two sons, Matt and Mark Anderson; siblings: Betty (Max) Perry, Janice Shook and Freddy Anderson.

Memorials may be made to Sunnyside United Methodist Church, or Shriners' Children's Hospital of Spokane. Graveside services will be held Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, with a memorial service at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 906 E. Edison in Sunnyside.

Condolences can be sent to

Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of all arrangements.


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