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Samuel “Rusty” Anderson II

1930 - 2018
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Samuel Burney “Rusty” Anderson, II, born Jan. 5, 1930 passed away on Dec. 17, 2018.

A small military service will be held on Jan. 9, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie

Sam expressed his wishes that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project ( in his honor.

By anyone’s standards, Sam lived an amazing life. After graduating from Arlington Heights High School in 1948, he served his country in the Navy and completed over 100 landings on the USS Kitty Hawk. After serving about 20 years in the military, he was wounded in the Vietnam War and retired as a Flight Engineer Instructor. After retiring from the military, Sam started his own pool company and, in his spare time, enjoyed golf and scuba diving. He golfed all over the world, from Alaska to Australia. His favorite scuba diving spots were the barrier reef off the Australian coastline and Cozumel, Mexico. Sam and Lee purchased a 52-foot sailboat that they were going to use to cruise the world, but it was capsized in the Caribbean during the “Perfect Storm” of 1990. They floated on debris to the Mexico coastline where they were rescued by locals and decided to build their dream home and stay on land with friends and family.

Sam expressed how grateful he was for all the exciting adventures he experienced throughout his life, but in his last moments on earth he was enjoying his favorite pastime of all – holding the hand of his wife.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest son L.B. (Andy) Anderson.

Sam is survived by Sandra (Lee) Anderson, his wife of 31 years. Along with Lee, he leaves behind daughter April Anderson Hudson and husband Todd; his son Richard Adam Anderson and wife Katherine; son Thomas Keith Anderson; stepdaughter Amy Skinner Beckman and husband David, and step-daughter Jennifer Skinner Hall and husband Waylon. Sam is also survived by many grandchildren and great –grandchildren; extended family, friends, and fellow military service members.

The Azle News,

Jan. 2, 2019 Edition