Gene “Geno” Anderson, 84, passed peacefully to the other side of the veil on Feb. 5, 2021 at his home in Elsinore, Utah after a long struggle with lung disease.
Gene was born Feb. 11, 1936 in Sterling to Lindon and Virginia Anderson. He was the third of nine children.
He attended Sterling grade school, Manti Jr. High and Manti High School.
He loved hard work and beginning as a child he worked long hours on the family farm. He worked for many of the farmers in Sterling and was told that he was the best worker they ever had. He worked for the Broken Arrow Ranch located between Sterling and Gunnison for many years.
He worked for Stan Voorhees for many years on the Voorhees farm located between Sterling and Gunnison. He also worked for Eldon Neves at Seven Trees for 35 years, trimming trees.
He was told that he was not a trimmer, he was an artist. Trees were masterpieces after he finished trimming.
He was also a master carpenter. He renovated his entire home in Elsinore. He named his home “The Manchun.” He even built himself a little cabin on his Elsinore property. He loved sleeping in his cabin in the summer and sometimes even in the winter. He did carpentry work for anyone who needed his help. He was always willing to help anyone in need.
He served in the U.S. Army for six years and was stationed in Washington state and Germany. He was a paratrooper in Germany. He said that was his favorite part of his military service.
Gene loved people. He had a great sense of humor and a gift of putting people at ease with his jokes and expertise. All who knew Geno loved him. He enjoyed spending time with his coffee friend, Don Maxfield, and his friends at the Cowboy Corral in Elsinore and the L’il Wonder Cafe in Richfield.
He was an avid guitarist and singer. He taught himself to play the guitar and piano. He sang and played his guitar at many funerals, and other functions, including town reunions and performing at the Cowboy Corral. He was a member of the Foot Warmers Orchestra for a time.
He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has a special relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ.
He is survived by the love of his life, Beth, brothers Lucas and Robert Anderson, Holladay, sisters Phyllis Smith, Tooele and Bonnie (Thomas) Fitzhugh, South Jordan, brother-in-law, Don Barrett, sister-in-law, Dorothy Anderson, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Ben Anderson, Buddy Anderson and Clair Lynn Anderson, sisters, Judy Barrett and Arlene Story, and brother-in-law, Sherden Smith and nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the Richfield Intermountain Homecare and Hospice.
Graveside service and burial, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 in the Sterling Utah Cemetery.