Walter “Butch” Andersen died on Oct. 15, 2022, at home in Longview after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Born in Denver, Colorado, in 1952, Butch moved with his family to Battle Ground as a child and lived in the area most of his life. He met his wife, Jane, in high school and served several years in the Army during Vietnam. Butch was a welder who loved fishing, Star Wars, his favorite TV shows and his family. He had an unparalleled love of life, a rascally sense of humor and extreme determination.
Butch is survived by his wife, Jane; kids, Lindsay (Andy) and Shane (Kat); grandchildren, Vivian and Lachlan; sister, Pat (Jack); brother, Mike (Nancy); and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Flora and Walter “Bud”; sister, Judy; and brothers, Jim and Gerry. A celebration of life and scattering of ashes will be held by the family at a later date.