Ricky Scott Anderson, aka “POPS”, proud father, loving son, brother, and friend to many passed away in the early morning of May 1, 2020. He was surrounded by his oldest boys along with the thoughts and prayers of the rest of his family and his closest friends.
Always the first in line to offer a helping hand or the shirt off his back, Pops embodied the human spirit of generosity and giving without expectation whether with time, effort, or his last few bucks if it got those in need where they needed to be. We have no doubt that after returning to embrace the Lord, along with his mother and father, Pops will forever be looking down for someone to help from the Heavens, when not looking over his boys.
Born to Larry and Peggy Anderson on March 20, 1957 in San Bernardino, Ca. and raised in the Kern River Valley, he grew up the oldest of 3 boys. After graduating from Kern Valley High School in 1975, Rick enlisted in the Army with dreams of serving his country before returning to the Valley to settle down. Once returned, Rick married and fathered four boys.
Later, moving the family to Bakersfield, He spent the next 15 years ensuring the local county citizens had a means of transportation, awarded many months, quarters and years as top sales professional in the local auto industry.
When the drive to sell came to an end, general construction, custom pool building and eventually becoming a lead crane operator in the local oil industry filled his time. His passions and hobbies included spending time on Lake Isabella boating and fishing, tinkering on cars and helping his boys with projects of their own as they began to raise their families.
Rick is survived by his sons, Jeremiah James Anderson, Justin Scott Anderson, Joshua Merrill Anderson and Jonathan Michael Anderson, brothers Randy Anderson and Russell Anderson along with 7 grandchildren, Madison, Quinn, Von, Kyle, Willow, Jose, Ezekiel and a lasting legacy for all of those who knew him.
Rick will be laid to rest near his parents in the Kern River Valley Cemetery. The family will be holding private graveside services with limited access due to current shelter in place ordinances along with a private memorial at an undisclosed location.
In lieu of flowers or other arrangements, please donate to: Valley Fever Americas Foundation http://valleyfever.com/donate/or your charity of choice.