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home : obituaries : obituaries July 26, 2017

2/14/2017 1:26:00 PM
Anthony Christian Andersen November 24, 1945 - February 2, 2017

Anthony "Tony" Andersen would like to let you know that his work here is done. He received a call that they have been "looking for Fast Eddy for some time now." It was an offer he could not refuse for an assignment from which he will not be returning. This assignment comes with a huge bonus - a reunion with family and friends, and a new "mission" that takes him to a place where he will continue to live it up to his heart's content and truly be free.

As a young man he enlisted in the U.S. Army (1968) and was selected to attend Special Forces training where he served a multitude of Special Forces Units: 6th, 5th, 8th, 3rd Battalion 7th, 1st Battalion 10th SFGAs on Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha, and the most elite U.S. Military Unit to serve in the Vietnam War, the SOG.

Anthony "Fast Eddie" Andersen was honorably discharged receiving the Distinguished Service Cross, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, Army Commendation Medals, National Defense Service Medal, three Service Stars and many more.

In civilian life he followed many paths from rural America through foreign countries, residing in Sisters for many years as proprietor of Yukon Jack's Saloon, and director of marketing and sales, Consep, Inc. in Bend.

Tony's last years were spent on the Oregon coast where he enjoyed fishing, family, friends and football. Tony left detailed instructions for us all to "celebrate life and your mission here" and his has now been completed.

He is survived by his wife, Carley, and his daughters and son-in-laws Susan and Martin Powarzynski, Michelle and Ron Clyborne, and Jamie and Tim Jablonski; his sisters and brother-in-law Valerie Ward, and Lynn and Pete Rollo; three grandchildren, Justin Andersen, Andrew and Jenna Jablonski; two nephews and a daughter-in-law Jason and Elizabeth Rollo, and Shaun Ward; his beloved "Relos" in Australia, Wisconsin, and all the heartfelt friendships he cherished along the way.

All are welcome to join in his Life Celebration with full military honors by the Special Forces 5th Group and 1st Group, that will take place on Sunday, February 19, at 11 a.m., at The Elks Lodge, 1686 12th St., Florence, OR.

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