Chad Anderson peacefully passed away on May 25 after a 23 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Chad is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia, daughters Heather Baugus and husband Kevin and Holly Irons and husband Jeremy, a sister Jean Gordon and nephew Matthew Gordon and, of course, his service dog Hank.
Chad was born in Juneau, Alaska on October 12, 1943. He grew up in Concord, CA and graduated from San Jose State. After college, Chad entered the Navy and was stationed in Washington, DC where he met his future wife Patricia. They were married on April 1, 1967. In 1968 Chad was transferred to the Alameda Naval Air Station at Alameda, CA where they began their family.
Over the years Chad worked for Mobil Chemical, Best Fertilizers and Celpril Seed Companies as a cost accountant. But the career he enjoyed most began in February 1977 when he was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. During his 39 year ministry, he served as an Elder and enjoyed helping congregations in various parts of South Dakota and Arizona. Chad and Patty also had the privilege of attending International Conventions in Poland and Peru and in working in the remodeling or building of Kingdom Halls in Oregon. Chad’s patience and levelheadedness were qualities that endeared him to many.
He loved the outdoors and taking his family camping, hiking, and fishing. The family especially enjoyed their trips to Lassen National Park and Yosemite. Chad also enjoyed attending or watching his favorite teams, the San Francisco 49er’s and the Oakland A’s. He could tell you anything about the players or their statistics on either team. His quick wit and propensity for making puns often kept conversations lively.
While living with Parkinson’s Disease for 23 years was debilitating, he never allowed the disease to dampen his zeal for Jehovah nor his love of life and his family. He always had a positive attitude and never got depressed because, as he would say, “I have a hope for the future.” We now look for to the fulfillment of the prophecy in Job 14:15 which says ”You will call and I will answer you. You will yearn for the work of your hand.”
A memorial service will be held this Saturday, June 18th at 3:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 7960 S. Ponderosa St., French Camp.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, June 15, 2016