In Loving Memory of
Charles Rockne Anderson
May 3, 1939 – June 19, 2020
Memorial was held on June 17, 2021 at 3:00 PM MT
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Charles Rockne Anderson, 81, of Scottsdale, passed away June 19, 2020.
Rock was the beloved husband of Linda Anderson for over 44 years. Born in Cottonwood, AZ the son of Charles Vernon and Vivian Anderson. At an early age, Rock learned responsibility, independence, and a strong work ethic. At 8 years old he started his first business venture selling crawdads so that he could purchase a mickey mouse watch. At 12, he started an annual summer venture of packing cantaloupes into railroad cars as a “fruit tramp” so that he could buy a ‘57 Chevy Belaire. He continued this job through college.
Rock attended Yuma high where he started his football career as a “Criminal”. He was offered 160 football scholarships and accepted a full ride scholarship to ASU as an offensive fullback and defensive tackle under Frank Cush. He was a proud member of the team that opened the current ASU stadium and participated in 1 of 2 seasons where the ASU SunDevils were undefeated.
After graduating with a degree in Economics, Rock was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the U.S NAVY as an aviator. He flew the A4 and S2, where he flew off the aircraft carrier Hornet on two cruises during the Vietnam war. Rock was a man of deep principle. He served as one of two mission planners, taking 2 to1 combat vs non combat missions to ensure his squadron knew he was putting himself more at risk. Rules of engagement during his deployment required obtaining permission before engaging an enemy even when being fired upon. During a mission he was fired upon and returned fire destroying the skiff. But upon returning to the ship he was called into the Admiral Strike Commander and reprimanded for lack of permission to return fire. His response was removing his wings and throwing them on the desk and stating “with all due respect sir, if I am unable to defend myself I no longer want to be part of this ‘chicken shit outfit’”. Due to this interaction he was promoted and immediately demoted however, the “rules of engagement” for his deployment were changed. After serving four years in the military, Rock pursued his dream of being a professional airline pilot and was offered a position with United Airlines where he was known as Sky King. He began his career flying the Caravelle, followed by the DC8, the 727,737, A319, A320 and ended his career flying the 757/767 as Captain. During his tenure at United, he worked as a Training Check Airman at the United training center in Denver CO, retiring after 32 years in 1999
In Retirement, he loved to travel with friends and family in the USA and abroad enjoying life, and playing golf where he assisted with the international golf association. He was also involved with the ASU alumni association to raise college scholarship money in the AZ white mountains.
Rock will be greatly missed by his family and friends. His wife Linda Anderson; sister LaVerne Gilliam. Children: Daughter Tamara Giudice, Son Charles Tyler Anderson, Twin daughter’s, Heather Valarino, and Brigit Anderson. And their spouses: Jimmy Gilliam, John Giudice, Dannette Lira-Anderson, and James Valarino. Grandchildren: Wesley Giudice and wife Ashlee Giudice, Kristen Rumley, Mason Giudice, Samantha Giudice, Roman Valarino, DeHao Anderson, and great-grandson Owen Giudice.
Rock was a man of action with a passion for life, and a profound sense of duty. Living his life to the fullest attaining his dreams. He was a man of deep conviction, loving the Lord with all his heart, providing for his family and being a friend in the truest sense. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Dad, we miss you already and love you so very much. We celebrate your life and your next adventure. Take it easy on the stories with Jesus…He’s a busy man and you have all eternity to tell him your stories.
ASU and Fox News’ biggest fan will be missed. “Let your heart not be troubled” Sean Hannity.
“In celebration of life” in memory of Charles Rockne Anderson donations may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Arizona Chapter.