James Robert “Andy” Anderson, 79, of Palmetto Bay, Florida, passed away on April 9, 2022. He was born on April 22, 1942, to Peter and Elizabeth Anderson of Novinger, Missouri. He enlisted in the Navy in 1962, serving 5 years as a Navy Attack Pilot, conducting tactical flight missions in the United States, Europe, and Southeast Asia, including combat duty over Vietnam aboard the USS Independence in 1965. During this tour, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in aerial flight. He joined Eastern Airlines in 1968 and was first based in Washington, DC, before moving to Miami in 1970. In 1989, he joined American Eagle Airlines continuing his flight career, then transitioning to a management role as the Chief Pilot and later Vice President of Flight Operations for the Miami and Caribbean domicile until retiring in 2013. He completed 20,000 flight hours and certified in operation of 16 different military and civilian aircraft throughout his aviation career.
He is survived by his son Travis and two grandchildren Ethan and Eleanor, of Alexandria, Virginia, and sister Janet Winder and husband Richard of Iowa Falls, Iowa. He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Jeanette Lacy Anderson (1942-2017).
A Celebration of Life Service and reception to follow will be held at Stanfill Funeral Home in Miami on July 18, 2022 at 6:00 PM. Internment with Military Funeral Honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.