George J. Andersen, 1925 ~ 2009

George J. Andersen passed away Tuesday morning, April 7, in the Nellis Air Force hospital in Las Vegas, Nev.

A longtime resident of Moab, George had moved to Nevada three years ago to be near his family.

He had been involved in several civic projects in the past, including studies of the Mill Creek Dam and Kens Lake dam projects; also Colorado River water studies, the Moab tree-planting effort, and landscaping of the Moab Golf Club.

He was a member of the Moab Golf Club, and as a lifetime member of a Rhode Island Elks Lodge, he was a longtime Visiting Brother of the Moab Elks Lodge. He was a member of the Dan O’Laurie Museum of Moab.

Born in Chicago on Dec. 28, 1925, he was educated in Chicago, and served in the U. S. Navy as a fighter pilot in World War II. Subsequent careers included passenger plane pilot, cargo plane pilot, and a long career with Sperry Engineering missile program.

Establishing a home in Virginia Beach, Va., he headquartered in New York City with Sperry, with temporary transfers to Rhode Island, Hawaii, California, and lastly in Utah, where he was involved with Sperry at the Green River Missile Base. Following retirement, he made his home in Moab.

He is survived by his son, Ron Chute, in Las Vegas; daughter, Gloria, Virginia Beach; brother, Nate Andersen, Florida, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, his parents and three brothers.

Interment will be in the family plot in Stickney, Ill.