The Obit For Ray Anderson

Kenneth "Ray" Anderson

Published in Santa Maria Times on November 15, 2011

Kenneth "Ray" Anderson, 92 passed away November 10, 2011. He was born May 7, 1919 in Goleta California to August and Belle Anderson.

He attended La Cumbra Junior High and Santa Barbara High School until his junior year. In 1937 he moved to Lompoc where he joined their Baseball, Football and Track teams. There is one specific day that stood out in his mind. It was the day of the Northern League Prelims. He ran the 100-yard dash, 220, broad jump and the high jump, then went to the baseball field and pitched a full game. After the ball game, he went back to the track to run in the finals of the 100, 220 and 880 relay. All in one day, with winning results.

He excelled in baseball, football and track, but his favorite sport was Baseball. In the spring of 1938 he had enough credits to graduate, so he signed up with the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League, and was progressing to he big leagues when World War II came along and he was drafted in 1941. He spent his army career in the Coast Artillery at Fort Rosecrans in San Diego, and then was sent to Attu in the Aleutian Islands on an outpost watching for Japanese planes. After the war, he returned to his favorite sport playing for several AAA teams and ending his career by playing semi pro for the Pismo Merchants and the Santa Maria Indians until the late 1950's, winning many awards. He was inducted into the Santa Maria Indians Baseball Legends Hall of Fame in January 2006.

Ray is in the Lompoc High School Hall of Fame, was the only remaining Charter member of the Lompoc Grange, helped start Lompoc Little League in 1952 and was their 1st President and manager of the Perozzi Ked Kids. His was a member of the Lompoc Oddfellows and Rebekah Lodges and a member of the Trinity Nazarene Church.
He was employed by the City of Lompoc for 23 years and retired in 1981.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Phyllis (Campbell), daughter Susan (Fred) Hayes of Lompoc, son Darrell (Marilyn) Anderson of Prescott AZ, daughter Judi (Wayne) Courtemanche of Lompoc, 9 Grandchildren, 24 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great Grandson.

We would like to thank Dr. Bailey and Nurse Bonnie for all their kindness.
In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Ray Anderson Memorial Fund to be used for Little League Scholarships in care of Community Bank of Lompoc, 705 West Central Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436.

The graveside service will be on Thursday, November 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery.