ANDERSON, KENNETH TURNER JUNIOR, had ambitions of living to be 100, but sadly he passed away the evening of January 19, 2017 at age 90 from the effects of multiple myeloma.
He leaves his wife Barbara Korsmo of 10 years, sister Glorialee Wilmes, daughter Donna L. Cadle, son Eugene A. Anderson, daughter Kevan T. Anderson, grandchildren Dawn Anderson, Tiffini Feliciano, Karilee Wallingford, Andrea Cadle, and Cory Martinez, and eight great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his step-sister Cleo Belle Cummings.
A public memorial service and reception will be held on Thursday, January 26 at 11:00 am at the River View Cemetery and Funeral Home in Portland. Later, a private interment will be held at the Pioneer Cemetery in Salem, Oregon in the family plot of pioneer Captain Charles Bennett.
Born and raised in Portland, the son of Kenneth Turner and Corinne (Hutchinson) ANDERSON, he was known as Bud or Turner as a child, and as an adult, Ken. He grew up in East Portland where he spent a lot of time living with his mom and sister in the home of his beloved grandparents Joe & Leila Hutchinson in Rose City. His parents divorced when he was eight years old, and his mother married Leo Harrison, which led to the happy addition to their family of Leo's daughter Cleo, with whom he was always very close.
Always bright, charming, and a voracious reader, Ken had a passion for the military, with all of its adventure and pageantry, from the time he was a small child until the day he passed away. He was in the Sea Scouts as a young teenager and his patriotism drove him during World War II to join the Merchant Marines at age 17, then the U.S. Navy. His real-life high seas adventures took him to Alaska, Hawaii and the Philippines. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1945, he completed his studies to receive a diploma from Washington High School. He then spent a year at Lewis & Clark College. Beyond that he was a self-educated man with wide-ranging knowledge and interests. Continuing his pursuit of serving in the military, he became a Marine Corps Reservist. In 1948 he met his first wife Dorothy and in 1949 they married and he became an enthusiastic father to Dorothy's young children, Donna and Gene. In 1953 their daughter Kevan was born. In those early years of marriage, Ken had diverse jobs, which included selling men's clothing at Weiner's, movie theater management in Astoria and Seattle, a short time at Boeing, and selling Quaker's Oats products. In 1957, he joined the United Finance Company which took the family to Pasco, Washington and Seaside, Oregon where he was active in the Episcopal churches and the Junior Chamber of Commerce.
In 1962 he and Dorothy separated and he moved to California where he continued his career in finance, first at the Federal Housing Administration and later at Housing and Urban Development, as a mortgage lending specialist. In 1984 Ken took an early retirement and returned to Oregon to be closer to his family. Never abandoning his passion for military service, Ken joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1972. When he returned to Oregon he joined the local Flotilla and continued active participation in training and leadership, finally retiring after 43 years of service at age 88. Through the past 20 years he was also a member of the Northwest Scots Guards because of his fascination with his Scottish heritage. He was proud to march in the honor guard in parades and Scottish festivals around the Northwest, fully decked out in his Anderson tartan and all of a Scots' uniform accessories. In 2006 at his 80th birthday party, Ken married fellow Auxiliarist and friend of many years, Barbara Korsmo. They lived together for 10 years in Gresham with their beloved rescue dogs. In the final eight months of his life, Ken lived in the Capitol Adult Care Home where he enjoyed the happy household and kind care by owners Ligia and Paul Bahnean.
The family suggests donations may be made to Ken's favorite charities: The Salvation Army, Portland Tabernacle or the Oregon Humane Society.
Obituary from Riverview Cemetery Funeral Home : www.riverviewcemeteryfuneralhome.com/.../Kenneth-Turner-Anderson-Jr./.../16948