Roger William Anderson Jr., Ph.D., died unexpectedly on Oct. 19, 2014, at home.
He was born Dec. 1, 1948, to Roger and Elva Anderson (both deceased) in Centralia. The family moved soon afterwards to Longview, where Roger graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1967.
He attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, where he met his wife, Arletta (Prestbye) Anderson, and they were married in August 1970 in Canby, Ore. In 1971, Roger entered seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC). Following internship in Bismarck, N.D., Roger graduated from LSTC and began a doctoral program in Hebrew scripture at the University of Chicago. Roger spent several summers in Israel, excavating at the Tel el-Hesi site. Most recently, he was categorizing artifacts from the dig site and published a report in Palestine Exploration Quarterly.
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Roger was an active member of Queen Anne Lutheran, where Arletta serves as cantor. He taught adult education classes and was the Northwest Washington Synod (ELCA) representative for the ELCA initiative “Book of Faith” as well as a member of the board for ELCA’s campus ministry at the University of Washington.
Roger is survived by his wife of 44 years, Arletta (Prestbye) of Mukilteo, Wash.; daughter Brita (Nick DiTola) and granddaughter Luciana, of Aurora, Ill.; and sister Kathleen (Bob Lewis) of Mill Creek, Wash.
Contributions in his memory can be made to Queen Anne Lutheran Church, Seattle, or the Oriental Institute, Chicago. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Queen Anne Lutheran Church in Seattle.