Oct. 7, 1952 – Feb. 4, 2018
A celebration of life will be held for Randy Carl Anderson at 1 p.m., Saturday April 21 at Cottage Theater, 700 Village Drive, Cottage Grove. His ashes will be set out to sea in a ceremony on the South Coast later this summer. He passed away suddenly Feb. 4, 2018, at McKenzie Willamette Hospital, one week after the discovery of irreparable stress-related heart damage.
Randy was born Oct. 7, 1952, to Robert and Virginia Bennet in Los Angeles, Calif. Drafted from out of college in 1972, he spent two years in Italy. Upon his discharge, he lived in Port Orford, Coos Bay, and Springfield. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachalor's in psychology, and Portland State University with a master’s in social work. After becoming a licensed clinical social worker, he continued his lifelong commitment to the field of mental health. His passion for serving the chronically mentally ill was apparent in his work at Lane County Mental Health, McKenzie Willamette Hospital, Peach Health Hospitals, and Springfield Municipal Jail. As a veterans of foreign wars himself, Randy was drawn to working with PTSD soldiers, and spent time leading group for Iraqi vets at Roseburg VA Hospital.
Randy was a lover and enthusiast of music and inspired passion for it in many of his family members. A heroic father, with worldly perspective, the salt of the earth, a gentle spirit, politically progressive, spiritually concerned for all beings, selfless, a courageous speaker against injustices especially parking tickets, foster dad to eight, rock of the family, and a wonderful stepfather. He was proud to take his two dogs on walks and taught them to sit and look both ways before crossing the street. When he found a project worth working on, he would put everything he had into it, his dedication showed through in all things he would do, including helping so many others. Randy had a special heart, one for people when they were at their lowest.
Randy is survived by his wife of 40 years, Debra; his boys, Derek and Jennifer, and Daniel; grandson, Cameron; brother, Gary and Norma; sisters, Beverly and Martha; a close circle of extended family; and his great joy, Stefhani adopted at age 7, she is his light of courage and strength.
He is preceded in death by Ben Jones, a man who was cared for, loved and lived with Randy and Debbi for 16 years after living the majority of his life in Fairview State Hospital.
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