Paul J. Anders

Paul Jerome Anders, 58, of Moscow, Idaho, passed away from complications of influenza on Jan. 25, 2020, surrounded by his family at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He was born Nov. 22, 1961, in Milwaukee, to Ronald and Patricia (Wojcik) Anders.

Paul graduated from Marquette University High School in 1979, and from St. Norbert College in 1983. He earned his master’s degree from Eastern Washington University, and his PhD from the University of Idaho, and worked as a fisheries scientist in Idaho for many years.

In addition to his work, Paul also spent countless hours playing music with his wife, Janet, and fellow musicians in Idaho. His multifaceted ability allowed him to play many string instruments and styles including bluegrass, folk, Afrobeat and reggae. The music community of Moscow, Idaho, lost a vital member when Paul died.

Paul and Janet always filled their home with music, animals, and laughter. Above all, Paul cherished and was so proud of his children.

Paul is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Janet (Heidsiek), and their three children, Heidi (John Fish) Anders of Los Angeles, Allison Anders of Moscow, Idaho, and Erik Anders of Bellingham, Washington; parents, Ronald and Patricia Anders of East Troy; his brother, Mark (Diane) Anders of Orchard Park, New York; sister, Kristin (Jeff) Sleeth of Madison; mother-in-law, Jane Heidsiek of Moscow, Idaho; eight nieces and nephews; and additional relatives in Wisconsin and Oregon.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 1981 Beulah Ave., East Troy. Visitation will be from noon until the times of services at the church.

Because Paul always loved a chance to get together, a reception will follow at the East Troy Brewery, 2905 Main St., East Troy.


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