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In Loving Memory

Charles Daniel "Andy" Anderson

Charles "Andy" Anderson, 86, of Pearland, Tx. passed on Sunday, September 13, 2020 after a long battle with Cancer.  Andy was born in Parkersburg, WV and was raised in Ripley WV. He was a graduate of Marshall University. His initial career was in the US Navy flying EC-121 and P-2V aircraft.  After two tours on active duty he started working for NASA and transferred to the Navy Reserves.  At NASA he was the Space Vehicle Recovery Team Leader for the recovery of Apollo 8, 10, 12, 13 and 16.  After the Apollo program completed, he began flying the WB-57F high altitude research aircraft for NASA and also retired from his  career in Navy Reserves at the rank of Commander.  He finished his career at NASA leading the Zero Gravity aircraft effort.  Upon leaving NASA he started Synthecon Inc. developing and patenting the Rotary Cell Culture System (RCCS).  He was an avid fisherman with many wonderful fishing trips with his sons and grandsons.

He is survived by his wife Ginny, his children Mark, Jeanette, Bill, Scott and his beloved grandchildren Mark Jr., Ashley, Sophie, Dalton and Ethan.

A Service to Remember his life will be Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10:30AM at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.  He wasn't a flower guy so donate to your favorite ecology/conservation fund.

Condolences may be sent to the Anderson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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17 thoughts on “Charles Daniel "Andy" Anderson”

  1. He was an honorable man and good father. Those are not easy paths to walk. He did not avoid things that were difficult.
    Fair winds and following seas.
    Love you Dad.

  2. Mr. Anderson was a friend to me. I will so miss our afternoon chats. My prayer for him is that he is at peace. He was brilliant, served our Country and accomplished so much. His legacy will be his beautiful, special family who loved him & will continue to keep his memory alive. My life was blessed for having known him.

  3. One can tell a great man by the legacy he left behind. The legacy is remembered and picked up by the same people that he influence and loved unconditionally. As long as we have him in our hearts he is present. A challenge to the Ethos for us to continue…our sincere condolences to all the family.

  4. Everybody knows Andy had a great career. He was a devoted husband and father. But, I knew him best as "Grandpa". Grandpa Andy loved his grandchildren and they loved him. When Mark and Ashley were young, they looked forward to building things with grandpa. Working in the garage behind the house meant they could use tools such as hammers, saws, electric drills, and paint which were usually off limits by grandma and mom. The finished project would be displayed and admired. The kids were proud of what they made and grandpa was even prouder. We cherish those happy memories and are grateful for his presence in our lives. We will miss you and send our love to you in heaven.

  5. My sincere sympathy to the Anderson family for the loss of a truly unique individual. As he soars back to the stratosphere that he loved, he will be remembered not only as a loving husband, father and grandfather but as the only man I have ever known walking around with moon rocks in his pocket, the gift of one of the astronauts from a moon mission. My love to you one and all..

    Tish Counselman

  6. Mr. Anderson tackled all things in life with inspiring tenacity. To Mrs. Anderson and the rest of the family, thank you for sharing this great man with us all. I pray that you each find comfort in the memories you have and take pride in knowing that Mr. Anderson's legacy lives on.

  7. My sincere condolences to the Anderson family and the community at large on the lost of a good man. It was an honor to share life's journey with such a man.
    Rest In Peace my friend… it is my prayer that your transition was painless and peaceful

  8. Andy lived a full life with family, friends and lots of fishing. He enjoyed sharing stories and loved being a parent and grandpa. I will miss his smile and hearing him laugh. He will be missed.

  9. We're all a little poorer today without Andy but so much richer for having known him. My deepest sympathies to the family on your loss.

  10. So sorry to hear about the loss of Andy. When I first met Andy we called him Grumpy! I found over the years that Andy was anything but grumpy and had a terrific sense of humor! I know he helped many of us in his other life and the world will miss his presence. Soar high my friend and condolences to all who loved him.

  11. I met Andy close to 20 years ago. I liked him immediately. He offered no filters to his opinions and sometimes they had some sharp edges but I always felt that his purpose was to be constructive and that he really had a lesson or experience that he thought would benefit someone. Me and so many of my friends are so grateful that Andy was there to offer some guidance. It was such a pleasure knowing him and I thank God for the time we had with him. My condolences to his family and his many, many friends and colleagues that had the opportunity to share a part of his life. Thank you so much Andy!

  12. My condolences to the Anderson family. Mr. Anderson is more than a neighbor to me he was awesome he helped looked out for me and my grandmother over the years he was awesome I loved him I still do I'll see you again one day Mr. Anderson.

  13. We met andy and miss Ginny 10 years ago. We were next door neighbors at the beach. From Surfside city Hall to the White House, me and Andy were on the verge of fixing politics we were convinced.
    Over the last 10 years not only did we become very good friends with Andy and Ginny, we also grew very fond of the entire Anderson clan and always felt like we were family.
    Mark and I were blessed to spend so many special occasions with Andy and his family; Easter and Easter egg hunts, graduations, birthdays, holidays and just plain old days.
    We could sit and listen to Andy for hours as he reminisced about all the amazing events, experiences and challenges of his life.
    Andy lived a very full and blessed life. We are honored and blessed that Andy chose to share some of those years with us.
    Until we meet again my friend

  14. We are only on this Earth for a short time a lifetime is measured as a single grain of sand that lies within a whole desert on occasions……… on very rare occasions one of those grains of sand stand out from among the others. It exhibits qualities unlike most of the rest. Those that are closest to it absorb some of those qualities and grow dependent and similar to it as the Winds of Change blow this special grain of sand it's pulled away from where it has remained for so long those that were close to it are left feeling alone and lost. And have only each other to hold onto and remember how special their Mentor was he will never be replaced, but nor will he ever be forgotten by those he held so close so is the way of the Winds of Change I called you my friend for such a short time but you will be in my heart for the rest of my life until the winds blow for me also I hope that I too, will have at least a little of the same qualities that you passed around easily and frequently I will miss you

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