Kris AndersenKris A.V. Andersen

January 30, 1959 – October 14, 2015

Some people brighten the world by the light they share with those around them. Kris Andersen shared such a light.

The family at Andersen’s Foreign Car Service is very sad to share the news that, on October 14, 2015, we lost a dear son, brother, husband, father, and uncle.

Before joining the family business nearly 35 years ago, Kris first gained experience in positions aligned with his other passions: culinary arts and flying. For a few years, he worked in several restaurants, including Chicago Speakeasy and El Rancho, and at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1981, he brought his dedication and work ethic to Andersen’s Foreign Car Service, the business started in 1953 by his Dad and namesake, Alfred V. Andersen.

Kris’ amazing recollection of details transferred easily to his first position as parts manager at Andersen’s. Later, this talent combined with his innate sense of customer service and friendly nature, making Kris a natural as the “face” of the business as the front office manager.

Kris died unexpectedly on October 14. We are still in shock that Kris is gone. He leaves an unfillable hole in our hearts but his light and his kindness remain.

Because Kris was the primary breadwinner in his family, his passing is doubly hard. In lieu of flowers, for those who would like to remember Kris, we want to share that we’ve set up the Kris Andersen Family Memorial Fund. The fund is held at FirstBank of Colorado, Colfax and Miller Branch, 10403 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80215. All donations will go directly to his family, and can be sent either to FirstBank or to Andersen’s Foreign Car Service, 16289 West Colfax Avenue, Golden, CO 80401, with checks made out in the fund’s name.

His family includes parents Al and Ila Andersen, Ellsworth, Kansas; brother Kurt and sister-in-law Jan Andersen, Westminster, Colorado; brother Karl and sister-in-law Kristin Andersen, Morrison, Colorado; sister Kara Stewart, Grover Beach, California; wife Sharon and daughters Jordan, Brianne, and Ellery, Lakewood, Colorado; nieces Megan Andersen (Lakewood, CO) and Kayla Andersen (Fukuoka, Japan); and preceded in death by nephew Justin Andersen.

Thank you for your understanding as we transition through this very hard time, and thank you for your continued support of our business.