Howard Lawrence Anderson was born on Oct. 24, 1921, in Pontiac, Mich., to Lillian and Edward Anderson. After graduation from Pontiac High School, he moved to Southern Calif. where he worked for aircraft manufacturer, Vultee Corp. for 50¢ per hour.
Howard joined the U.S. Navy in 1942, and trained at St. Mary's College, Calif., Tempe, Ariz., and Jacksonville, Fla., receiving his Navy wings at Corpus Christi, Texas. He then deployed to the South Pacific, where he flew a variety of aircraft. His favorite was the PBY-2 Catalina. He flew rescue and photo reconnaissance missions in Australia, New Guinea, Peleliu, Guam, and the Philippines.
At the end of the war, he returned to marry Elizabeth at the First Presbyterian Church in Pontiac in 1946. The couple then moved to Burbank, Calif., where he entered UCLA in Engineering. He transferred to UC Berkeley to complete a degree in Civil Engineering in 1949. Howard then joined the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads, which is now the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). He worked in many roles during his Federal employment, including an assignment on the construction of the inter-American Highway in Guatemala, as Division Engineer in Nev., Regional Administrator in Chicago, and Associate Administrator for Safety for the United States.
In 1979, he retired from Federal service and returned to Carson City, Nev., where he worked as a consultant on highway safety for clients and governments around the nation until his second retirement in 2002.
Howard and his wife traveled widely around the country and the world, and he particularly enjoyed hiking and fishing in the Sierra Nevada.
He was a member of the Carson City Host Lions Club, American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Traffic Engineers, the National Safety Council, the Navy League, and the Sierra Philharmonic League.
Howard is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; son, Larry; daughter-in-law, Lynda; grandson, Garrett; sisters, Marian Mann and Eileen Healy; sister-in-law, Ann Anderson; and many nieces and nephews including, Susan Younk, Bill and Richard Anderson, David and Doug Mann, and Tom Healy.
Howard passed peacefully on Nov. 6, 2012.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 115 N. Division Street, Carson City. We invite messages in our guest book at www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com .
Donations are suggested to the Carson City Host Lions Club or the First Presbyterian Church of Carson City.