William 'Bill' (Billy) Anderson, 49, lifelong resident of Pueblo and president of Anderson Enterprises, Inc., died Nov. 24, 2008, from an accident while working at his downtown store. He is survived by his wife, Nanci Smith; son, Tom; sister, Janie Anderson-Craven; brother-in-law, Curt Craven; nephew, Matthew Craven; as well as numerous cousins, nephews; and in-laws living in California. He is predeceased by his parents, Margaret and Bill Anderson. Bill was a tireless worker and generous to a fault with his time, skills and energy. He genuinely enjoyed talking to his customers. He never lost his youthful zest for life, and was happiest when working with his hands, whether crafting a piece of furniture, restoring his World War II vehicles, or blowing circuits at his home with his legendary Christmas light displays. There was nothing he wouldn't attempt to take apart, put back together and get working again. The more covered in dust, dirt and oil from the effort, the better. Bill was especially proud of his son's academic accomplishments, including a recently awarded Masters Degree. Optimistic, upbeat, outgoing, kind, big-hearted and free with his laughter, Bill loved his family, his friends, his pets, his home and his town. He will be dearly missed. Godspeed. Viewing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the family present from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to the Pueblo Animal Shelter through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. I am so sorry to here about Billy,I know Janie to! My thoughts and prayers are with you. This is Sharon Bocim (zilian) I grew up with Billy from jefferson grade school

  2. We are all broken-hearted over the Realization that Monday, June 22nd, would have been our beloved, Billy’s, 50th Birthday! He was taken from us much too early and we are so very deeply saddened. Bill’s inspirational and altruistic priorities regarding Life will remain forever in our hearts.

  3. I just want to say that I know he was a very nice person, remember, do what he would have done, in his name, so he will be happy… He was the cousin of my friend Donna Klein. Love, Dolores Mosel

  4. My husband Paul & I send our deepest sympathy to all the family. Our prayers will be with you. This must be so devastating to have to bear such a tragic accident.
    I haven’t seen you for so may years, but Aunt Billie & Aunt Martha keep me informed.
    Your cousin,
    Jan Lacey Chorley formerly Janet Louise Clark (Auburn & Eleanor’s Daughter)

  5. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We were devastated to hear of Billy’s passing. We will always remember his big smile and that twinkle in his eye. His mom and dad and grandparents were so dear to our hearts and they were so very proud of Billy. David and Donna remember the wonderful time they had when they stayed with all of you.
    He will forever be a bright spot in our lives.

  6. Dearest Janie — My heartfelt condolences to you, Curt and Matthew on such a tragic loss of your dearly loved brother… Billy was such a wonderful guy and everyone here in your California family always loved him so very much… Our hearts are all broken by this devastating news and we are deeply saddened by the loss of our Billy Anderson. Always Know that You are in my thoughts and prayers and we (the Hirschberg family) all love you so very much… Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you through this painful loss. You are always more than welcome to visit us here in Morro Bay, California if you just need to get a break from all that you are now having to cope with there in Pueblo. We love you very much, Donna

  7. Janie and family,
    We were sorry to hear about Bill’s accident. We know how hard it is to let those we love go, but cannot imagine what it would be like to experience such a tragic and unexpected loss of a loved one. Although we were not with you at the service, you were in our thoughts, and will continue to be, along with our prayers.
    Mike & Linda (Ladd) Burrer

  8. Billy was a good neighbor who gave my son big candy bars on Haloween, and lit up the neighborhood during Christmas. More than that, he was a good classmate (Central ’77) and contributor to the greater community. I am very sorry for your loss.

  9. He was my uncle bill and i loved him very much he taught me a lot and i shared many great times with him he was a wonderful uncle, brother, husband, father, and friend

    He will be missed

  10. Janie, Curt, Nancy and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Bill. As you know, I grew up with him – going camping, working for him and having lots of fun just hanging out. Bill was a great friend. He always had something going on. Who else do you know that could take an old hotel and turn it into carpet warehouse.
    I could not believe it when I heard what had happened. Makes you realize you cannot take life and friends for granted. I will keep you in my prayers
    Chris Pettit

  11. My sincere condolences for your loss. I talked to him in my house a few days before, and I really liked him. He was a hard worker and seemed very nice. Nothing I can say can make you feel better, but I lost my brother as well; and I understand somewhat, what it is to lose a loved one in an unexpected accident. May God bless you in your time of overwelming sorrow. Sincerely, Maria

  12. Dear Janie, Curt and Family.
    I am so sorry to hear about Billy. Even though I have been absent from Pueblo for 20 years, You, Billy and your Mom & Dad have always been in my thoughts for the many kindnesses you showed us during our years at the Union Hall Complex.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.


  13. Janie
    We are sorry about your loss. This is Danny Farmers wife and Manuel Aragons daughter we were all shocked to hear about Bill the guys are really upset about what happened to Bill. For Thanksgiving we said an extra prayer for you and your family. The guys were always talking about all the times when they all went out of town for work they had a blast with Bill they said that it didnt feel like work when Bill was around. My husband Danny said everytime he would go to work Bill asked if he got any new piercings, LOL. But if you need anything let us know.God bless you all.

  14. Dear Janie and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this incredibly difficult time in your lives. I am blessed to have known Billy. He was a true optimist; even in the most challenging of circumstances he would show us the positive side of life. I will never forget the first time I met Billy. As we walked and talked, I kept thinking, Wow, he can build or fix anything. His smile, laughter, personality and sense of humor will not be forgotten.

    May the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, bring peace and comfort to your family.

  15. Nanci & Tommy

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We will always remember the good times we had with you and Bill out at the reservoir.

  16. Nanci and Tom
    I was so sad to hear about Bill. He was a great man and I know how happy he made every one around him. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I love you Nanci, please let me know if I can do anything to help.

  17. Dear Janie,
    We were lucky to have loved Billy all of his life. He cared for his family and shared his wonderful joy of life. He was the star of many family gatherings.

  18. Dear Janie and Family,
    I was saddened to hear about your loss. In working with Billy and your family out of High School I became a better person.Billy taught me how to take responsibility for my actions. I wouldn’t be half the man I am today without Billy. I will always remember his ever present smile and work ethic. God’s speed to all of you at this time of loss.

    Ed Eversole and Family

  19. Janie & Family

    Bill was a great person with a wonderful sense of humor, a great smile and always upbeat and never let anything get him down. He was a long-time friend of Kiyomars and quickly built a great relationship with everyone here. The news of his passing shocked us all and we are sad to see you go so early. Bill, you will be greatly missed and may you rest with the angels above.

    The Granite Depot Family

  20. It has been a long time since I had a good conversation with Billy, but I remember well his sense of humour and his uplifting smile. I wish you peace, Nanci and all your family, and Janie my friend, I can’t imagine how hard things are for you now. But know that the Lord has a plan for all of us and we must trust in our faith. Love to you all, Clay

  21. Janie and Curt, I am absolutely brokenhearted for you and for us all. Billy was such a delightful person, and a great cousin! I was just thinking of him, and you, last week, as I get to Pueblo sometimes and never stop by. What a horrible shame to have never taken that time. I think of him, and of you, often, and with great fondness. I will call you next week, though if you need anything at all, please call me at 303-946-3310.

  22. Janie & Family
    Hard to find words to express how I feel at this time. During my time on Union Ave. Bill was like a son to me always there when I needed him. I remember the fun and good times we had and all the crazy things he was doing. Although I haven’t seen much of him the past few years I though of him offen. I can see him coming down the alley with that great big smile on his face. He was alway happy and fun to be with. To young to be gone.
    Joe Burgett

  23. Janie, Curt & Family; Words cannot express the sorrow that is felt. Bill will be sadly missed. Going to work at the store will never be the same without a greeting from Bill. He helped us each and every day and was a complete joy in our lives. Our prayers are with you. Lena Ramsay, Don Pfeifer, Don Patterson & Everyone at our store.

  24. Janie, Curt, Nancy and family, You are in our thoughts at this time of your loss. We are all going to miss a great friend. We are so sorry we can’t be there for Bill’s services, but he is in our thoughts and prayers. We are really going to miss him, we looked forward to seeing him whenever we were home. Billie was there for us when we had our loss, he was so kind and thoughtful, he came by with flowers and sat and visited with us. We feel such a loss, but God has plans for us and we don’t understand why they work out like they do sometimes. Billie and all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  25. Janie, I am sorry for your loss. Though I only got to meet Bill through my work, there is no doubt that he was a great person. I will always remember him picking on the “Insurance Guy” as he referred to me everytime I saw him at the store. I wish I could have got to know him a little outside of my work. May God Bless you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  26. Dear Janie, I share your sadness in loosing Bill. He was a creative and helpful design partner and produced a wonderful product. My personal loss is that I won’t have the opportunity to collaborate with him again on future projects. He was truly a joyful, trustworthy man who selflessly was willing to go the extra mile to please anyone who was lucky enough to have him touch their lives.

  27. To Bill’s family; Our heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. We are shocked and saddened by this tragic event. Bill was the hardest worker and friendliest person we have known. He was always helpful and always had a smile on his face. He recently helped us rescue a kitten near the alley behind the store, who has turned out to be the sweetest ever and we will name him “Billy” after Bill. We will pray for your family. Remember, with Christ there are no worries…in life or in death. Sheila & Michael Conlee

  28. Janie and family,
    Our sympathy and prayers to you and yours. What a loss for all. We have been associated with the Anderson family for many years. When we would go into your store we would see Billy working in the back on one of his projects or walking to front of the store with a smile and grease on him. He was one of a kind and I’m glad he never changed throughout the years! He was an artist of his own, with many talents. He will be missed by all and a big piece of the puzzle for the Union Avenue District is now missing. May God be with you through this tragic loss. Fondly, Tom & Midge Montgomery, Pueblo, CO

  29. Hard to imagine Billy being in a better place. If God has a military Duck or Jeep Billy is definately going to be working on it. He had something to offer everyone and I learned from him about the gift of giving. His smile was infectious, his laugh contagious and love for those around him unlimited. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  30. Billy was such a sweet man, so truly good. We are so saddened by his passing.
    Janie and Curt, our deepest sorrow and love.
    Joy and Carl Vining

  31. Dear Nanci and Tom,

    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill was such a joy to be around and I loved seeing his Christmas displays.

    Your friend always,


  32. Billy was always one to help others any time he could. He helped me many times. Although I haven’t seen him much lately, I will sincerely miss him. My heart and my prayers go out to all of you…Janie, Curt, Matthew, Nancy, Tommy, the rest of the family, and also to Ada and Gertrude. During these difficult times we cannot always understand God’s plan, but trust that He has one. May each of you received His Love, Comfort and Strenght during your time of grieving.

  33. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Bill was such a wonderful person and a friend to everyone… My friend since kindergarden. He will be sadly missed but always remembered.

  34. Janie,
    Ever since I heard about Billy’s accident, I have had you in my thoughts and prayers. He will be missed.

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