Kenai resident Philip John Anderson Jr. died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009 at his home in Kenai. He was 45.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at 48395 Lakeside Ave. in Soldotna. Linda Anderson will officiate. Services in Lakebay, Wash., will be held at a later date.
Mr. Anderson was born April 5, 1964, to Philip and Bonnie Anderson in Massachusetts. He graduated from high school and later joined the U.S. Army. In 2004, he moved to the Soldotna-Kenai area working construction. He also worked at Carl's Jr. for some time. Philip enjoyed TV, his camera and his family.
"Philip, or PJ as called by his family and friends, has departed this life and will be greatly missed by all. He came to Alaska from Lake Bay, Wash., in 2004 for a visit and then finally moved up for good. He lived in Soldotna until he met his wife, Kimberly Diaz, then moved to Kenai. Kimberly passed away after a mere eight months of marriage. This was devastating to PJ, but he put his chin up and went on. He always knew he was sad, but never lost his sense of humor or keen wit. Last year he found happiness with Tia Kousen and was looking forward to a bright future," his family said.
"He always said, 'Enjoy life, don't worry, be happy, 'cause we're only here for a short time.' He always said when told to 'have a good day,' he replied, 'you can have any kind of day you want, it's your day.' We will miss him. His brother Jon will fly him over the inlet for his last ride."
Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by his wife, Kimberly Anderson.
He is survived by his father, Philip John Anderson Sr.; stepmother, Linda Anderson; sisters, Sandra Hunt and Heidi Whittemore; brothers, Troy Anderson, Curtis Leibman, Sean Anderson, Sean Whittemore, Chris Whittemore and Jon Whittemore; uncle, Ken Owens and his wife, Janel; girlfriend, Tia Kousen; and 10 nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Mr. Anderson to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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