Eyster M. "Andy" Anderson, world's greatest husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend joined his beautiful tenor voice with the choirs of heaven on December 14, 2018.
Eyster was born June 14, 1930 in Odessa, Texas. He spent his childhood and young adulthood working with his good friends on area ranches. In his heart, he was a cowboy.
He loved music and played the trumpet in the OHS band. He taught himself to play the guitar and fiddle, and regularly played and called square dances in the Odessa area.
He met the love of his life, Ethel Hezel, by a complete quirk of fate while she was visiting her sister in Odessa. She and Eyster were set up on a date, and that is where their love story began.
They were married 65-1/2 years, and brought three beautiful, headstrong, rowdy, laughter-loving children into the world: Lt. Keith Allen Anderson (deceased); Robin Kaye Anderson; and DonnaJean Anderson Fredeen.
Eyster was the medical technologist for Women and Children's Clinic in Odessa for 50 years. He was often described as the kindest and gentlest clinician in all of West Texas.
His patients adored him.
In October 2008, he had an aneurysm that left him with partial memory loss, but he never lost his big heart. When friends would come to visit, he immediately asked,
"Can I get you anything?" Hospitality was his thing.
Eyster (pronounced eh-stur; it was the name of a seafaring Swedish captain in a book his grandmother loved) is waiting for his loving wife; his daughters; his sister - Addie Belle Whitlock;
his grandchildren - Elissa Fredeen, Andrew Fredeen, and Anna Fredeen; his son-in-love - Kenneth Fredeen; and too many cousins, nephews, nieces, and
"friends who are family" for us to mention within our budget.
If there is square-dancing in heaven, you can bet he has a fiddle in his hands calling the dance.
Memorial service will be held Friday, December 21st at 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Odessa.
The family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers, you make a contribution to First Presbyterian Church of Odessa or to your favorite charity this Christmas.