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Gerald Anderson

| February 22, 2005 11:00 PM

Gerald M. Anderson, 66, of Libby, died on Feb. 4, 2005, at his home on the Kootenai River.

He was born on Sept. 12, 1938, at Hillsdale, Mich., to Clifford and Viola Anderson.

Preceded in death by his parents, Jerry is survived by his children, Brock Anderson of Bozeman, and

Ashley Anderson of Boulder, Colo.

Jerry is remembered as an accomplished businessman who managed his own commercial real estate

appraisal practice and was an active member and former president of the Colorado chapter of the Appraisal

Institute.

A man who shaped his children's lives through his passion for the outdoors, reading, learning and travel,

Jerry could be found cheering his daughter on during high school basketball games, instructing his son in

the fine art of casting a Caddis fly to a rising trout or manning the grill at his children's graduation or

special events.

His friends remember him as someone who pursued many endeavors and adventures in life. Whether it

was model trains, strategic card games, commercial real estate appraisal, home remodeling, flying or

academia, Jerry achieved expertise in everything he did.

Above all else, Jerry possessed a passion for the Montana wilderness and shared this passion with his

family. The happiest days of his life took place with a fly-rod in hand and his family close by on rivers and

streams throughout the west.

One place in particular captured the essence of his personality, the Smith River at Two Creek. Lazy

aummer days wirh leisurely breakfasts by the wood-burning stove and consisted of one family decision

about the activities planned for the day: "Do we head upstream or downstream?"

The answer to this question never really mattered as he was always at peace with the feel of the sun on

his back, the tug of the fly-rod in his hand and the cold, swift waters rushing over his feet.

A celebration of Jerry's life will be held during March in Boulder. His family can be contacted at 303-

746-7648 for further details.

Donations in his honor may be sent to Montana Trout Unlimited, P.O. Box 7186, Missoula Mt 59807, or

by calling 406-543-0054.