Harold R. Anderson
Surrounded by his family, Harold R. Anderson (Hal) went home to Heaven on December 28, 2021. His granddaughter Camryn passed away on December 5, 2021. We can easily imagine she greeted him saying, “Grandpa. You are going to love it here”.
Hal was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. There were no strangers to Hal who would befriend any person and any dog that crossed his path. With his genuine personality and sense of humor he made people feel comfortable and valued right away.
Hal’s values of faith in Jesus Christ, family and patriotism were reflected in his life. His happiest days were spent preparing to host family and friends in his home and annual family reunions at his cabin in his hometown of upstate Oneonta, New York. His competitive spirit filled family gatherings with fierce card games and bouts of laughter. He enjoyed entertaining others with stories and as “The Music Man” at the library or in nursing homes.
Hal served in the United States Army as a Radio Operator in the Korean War and proudly wore his Korean War hat wherever he went. He loved when people thanked him for his service. He instilled into his four daughters a love of America, respect for the military and law enforcement and taught them to stand for the flag anytime it passed by. Patriotic songs were sung at family gatherings and Hal’s harmonica would always be heard around campfires. He moved to Pennsylvania after he retired from P&G. An Eagle Scout, he served as a mentor for boys and was a mentor for Trail Life boys at West Shore E Free Church.
Hal was a Charter member and Chaplain of the American Legion in Dillsburg, PA, a Dillsburg Borough Councilman and Harvey Cedars Bible Conference board member.
Hal is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joyce (Payne), four daughters, Laurie Collins (Steve), Julie Oldham (Jon), Nancy Walvatne (Ken) & Elizabeth Anderson, 14 grandchildren, 13 great-children (and one on the way). Hal will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, including the children around the neighborhood and church. Buck was a childhood friend with whom he shared a birthday card since 1954. We are confident he will rest in peace, knowing the legacy he has left and the torch he lit for us to carry on.
A celebration of life will be held on April 30th with the burial at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA at a later time.
Memorial contributions may be given to Harvey Cedars Bible Conference, 12 Cedars Avenue, Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008 or Carlisle Reformed Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 13 Westminster Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013.
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