Loren A. Anderson died peacefully January 16, 2013, at the Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, CO, after a long illness. Loren, the son of Albin E. and Emma D. Anderson, was born in Fullerton, ND, on May 6, 1927. He graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force in 1951. Loren served in the Korean War, flying 20 combat missions in the B-26. He received an MS degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1957. From 1957 to 1962 Loren was a member of the Aeronautics Department faculty at the US Air Force Academy. After tours of duty in Japan and Wright Patterson AFB, Loren served in Vietnam, where he flew 45 combat missions. He also served as Battle Staff Director in the 7th Air Force HQ in Saigon. He retired as a Colonel from the Air Force in 1978.
After he retired, Loren entered the graduate school at the University of Dayton College of Engineering, receiving his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 1981. He joined the University of Central Florida engineering faculty, where he taught until 1995. He really enjoyed teaching and had a lifelong interest in helping young people achieve their educational goals. Loren was also an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Loren is survived by his wife Marje (Thomas) Anderson, two sons, Loren A. (Janet) Anderson Jr. of Pittsburgh, PA, and Charles K. (Sandra) Anderson of Bend, OR, two stepchildren Elizabeth (Mark) Richter of Fort Wayne, IN, and George David Fisher of Staten Island, NY. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Loren Andrew, Zachary, Michael, Rachel, Matthew, Benjamin, Thomas, and Kathryn and two great-grandchildren, Alana and Mark. His brother Donald (Joanne) Anderson lives in Fargo, ND, and has five children: Kirk, Craig, Carter, Karla and Kent.
Loren loved living in this beautiful valley. He was an active member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and a member of the Kiwanis Club. He also served on the Rural Fire Board for a number of years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and skiing with the 100 Club.
Loren will be buried at the US Air Force Academy in a small family service on January 23, 2013. A Memorial Service will also be held for Loren May 6, 2013 (his birthday), at the Air Force Academy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Loren's memory to Glenwood Springs Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, or the Glenwood Springs Valley View Hospital Foundation, or the West Point Association of Graduates.