Obituary: Carl Reidar Anderson,74
September 28, 2023
Carl Reidar Anderson was born August 16, 1948, in Oakland, California, to Bert and Helen Anderson. Raised in Petersburg, Carl's life took many twists and turns. Some were good, some were not, but he always had a story to share with the friends who loved him.
Carl worked hard, played hard, and never let anything but fear or thin air stop him. He started working while in high school at construction jobs with his father, cooked crab at PFI, worked for the City of Petersburg, crewed on various fishing boats and then found his calling driving off-road logging trucks. Driving trucks and tramping to the different logging camps was the ultimate job for Carl, but when the industry died he went fishing. If you knew Carl, you know how much he loved his "flat bottomed garbage scow," the Aerie. When his health issues forced his retirement, he sold the Aerie but regretted it for the rest of his life.
He bought the Silver Girl in 2009 and kept coming back to Alaska in the summer to cruise with his wife of forty years, Bobbie Enge, until his stroke in 2013 and her death in 2014. After recovering from the stroke, Carl moved back to Alaska and married Katie Rogers. His last years were spent creating new memories and sharing old experiences as they spent summers on the Silver Girl traveling Southeast Alaska and winters in Kake. Hunting with Carl was always an enjoyable adventure, even if it rained the whole trip because he would share stories of past hunts. Kake was a special place for Carl, he saw it for the first time when he was eight years old and said it was the most beautiful place he had ever seen. As he grew older, he enjoyed Kake's never ending basketball games, Janet's German Chocolate Cake, Dan and his cab, 5 a.m. coffee with Morris, and visits with his partner Teddy.
Carl passed away at home in Kake on April 26, 2023. He is sorely missed by his wife Katie, his 15-pound black dumpster cat Mr. Kitty his beloved niece Sonja Duncan gave him, and many good friends that most people only wish they had.
Carl's ashes will be scattered under the tree at Wilson Cove sometime next summer according to his wishes.