Frank Thomas Anderson

Frank Thomas Anderson

November 11, 1920 - July 05, 2008

Frank Thomas Anderson

November 11, 1920 - July 05, 2008


Frank T. Anderson
1920 — 2008

Frank T. Anderson was born in Los Angeles, Calif., to William and Anna Eck Anderson on what would eventually become a national holiday — Veteran’s Day, November 11, 1920.

After graduating from Bell High School in 1938, Frank attended Los Angeles Trade Tech, where he studied woodworking. He honed his skills at L.A. Period Furniture before enlisting in the Navy in 1942, during World War II. Over the course of his service, he married Betty Jo Reed in 1944. He was stationed at several southern California Naval bases, including Los Alamitos, San Diego, Long Beach and Great Lakes, Ill. He was also deployed to Salton Sea where he built floating wooden targets for Navy bomber planes. He was a valuable member of the Naval softball team and was honorably discharged in 1945.

After WWII, Frank started Anderson Cabinet Shop in 1946, in his parent’s one-car garage in Bell. Then, in 1947, he moved to a small shop in Lynwood. In 1953, he purchased three acres in Compton and built a 60, 000 square foot building under the name Anderson Cabinets. In 1966, the business moved to 13 acres in La Mirada, where he built the 125, 000 square foot XA Cabinet facility and employed more than 250 people. A satellite shop, Capital Cabinets, was built in North Las Vegas, in 1982, to service the entire southern Nevada and southwest U.S. housing market.

Frank retired in 1992, turning the businesses over to his seven children.

Frank is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Kathleen E. Haning Anderson, children Michael Barbara Anderson, Linda Tom Mendenhall, Steve Jane Anderson, Richard Rebecca Anderson, Gary Anderson, Dennis Vicky Anderson, Jeff Michelle Anderson; stepchildren Dr. William F. Elizabeth Haning, Michele Tim Ryan; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Frank is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo, who died in 1988; his parents and brothers William, Edward and Joseph.

Many will remember Frank’s active and full life which is marked by not only his successful businesses, charity and Catholic faith, but also by his commitment to his family. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and a founding member of the Southern California Cabinet Manufacturers Association, where he served as board president.

Services will be held at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point. The vigil is Thursday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. The funeral is Friday, July 11, at 12:30 p.m., also at St. Edward.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Frank’s name.

No Events & Services

No Charities & Donations

No Gallery Photos

No Videos

3 responses to Frank Thomas Anderson

  1. Grandpa, you were a wonderful man who will be dearly missed! We love you and miss you!

  2. We miss you and love you Grandpa.

  3. Bobbi says:

    My thoughts are with you Linda as I know the miss of a Dad.

Leave A Condolence

Choose a Candle