James Craig Anderson, 81, passed away May 24, 2020, at his home in Richfield. The youngest of six children, he was born June 2, 1938, to Joseph Lyman Anderson and Violet Fern Wilkinson Anderson in Richfield, where he grew up. After graduating from Richfield High School in 1956, he studied engineering and mathematics at the University of Utah but when his father died unexpectedly, he returned to Richfield to carry on the family business.
Craig married Phyllis Morrey Feb. 24, 1961, in Joseph. To this union were born three daughters, Kerri, Camie and Brooke. Craigand Phyllis were later divorced. He married Marlene Snedeger Bastian July 1, 1972, in Aurora, and joined his three daughters, with Marlene’s two daughters, Marena and Melonie. Together, they had another daughter, April. Marlene died Nov. 16, 1999. Craig then married Karen Sue Guernsey March 9, 2002, in Mesquite, Nevada, and added her two children, Wayne and Amanda, to his family.
Anderson Floral became his life. Those who worked for Craig over the years in both the floral shop and the greenhouses came to feel as close as family and look back at the experience fondly.
He had a great sense of humor and loved a good practical joke.
When he wasn’t working you would likely find him drinking coffee with his buddies, on the open road (road trip) or on a lake, boating and water skiing. He served in the Utah National Guard and was a longtime member of the Elk’s Club. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, businessman and friend.
Craig will be sorely missed by his wife, Karen, Richfield; children, Kerri Anderson, Chandler, Arizona; Camie and Robert McCracken, Phoenix, Arizona; Marena and Troy Tanner, Richfield; April Allred, Salina; Wayne and Daren Cupp, Bebee, Arkansas; and Amanda Draper, Clearfield; brothers, Max and Nancy Anderson, SaltLake City; and Garn and Angie Anderson, Green Valley, Arizona; sister-in-law, Denise Anderson, Lehi; son-in-law, Bob Ballard, St. George; grandchildren, Trent, Karla, Blake, Kade, Jake, Taylor,Chance, Melonie, Brooke and Jacie; also his ex-wife, Phyllis Matson, Scottsdale, Arizona; andmany nieces, nephews and dear friends who love him very much.
Craig was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marlene; siblings, Verde Anderson, McKay Anderson and Joyce Albrecht; daughters, Melonie Bastian-Anderson and Brooke Ballard; grandson, Mitchell Ballard; sister-in-law, DeEsta Anderson; and two brothers-in-law, Kenn Christiansen and Bud Albrecht.
Video streaming of the services is available at springerturner.com under Craig’s obituary.
Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life will take place at a later date under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Richfield City Fourth of July Fireworks Fund, P.O. Box 250, Richfield, Utah 84701, in memory of Craig Anderson.
Online guestbook at springerturner.com.