Garrett Anderson, an avid paintballer and body builder, will be remembered by his family as someone who showed dedication in all things, who made time for his hobbies and for his loved ones.

Garrett, 20, also had a special place in his heart for his dog, Rouger.

"His best companion was his dog," said Fred Anderson Jr., Garrett's father.

Anderson said his son adopted Rouger about six months ago, and spent as much time as he could with the animal at his Franklin Township apartment.

Rouger was not Garrett's first dog, said his mother, Melissa Pletcher. Among other pets, Garrett grew up with a dog named Mogley.

"Garrett was always really good with animals, and animals always really loved him," Pletcher said.

Garrett Anderson died Sunday after a car crash in Cumberland County. He was a graduate of Bermudian Springs High School and worked as a refrigeration mechanic.

Strength training: Anderson said his son was on his way to a workout Sunday, a hobby that began about two years ago in an effort to get stronger. Garrett was planning to compete in a body building competition this weekend and was preparing for that, Anderson said. One of Garrett's highlights from past competitions was having the chance to meet Arnold Schwarzenegger at an event in Pittsburgh, Anderson said.

When he wasn't paintballing or lifting weights at the gym, Garrett spent time with his family. He didn't make plans — "Garrett was the kind of guy who just showed up," said his father — but he was close with his siblings and his extended family.


Garrett adored his younger cousin Cammi, who called him "Uncle Garrett," said his grandmother, Kathy Richcreek.

Garrett was also close with his sisters, Jordyn and Abigayle Anderson, and his stepbrother, Garrett Arnold.

Love for the outdoors: Richcreek said Garrett stopped by about once a week to the farm in Newberry Township where she and her husband, Charlie, live. Garrett shared a love for hunting with his grandfather and claimed his first whitetail deer on the farm, Charlie Richcreek said.

Among other memorable family trips, the Richcreeks took Garrett and his sister Abigayle to South Africa when Garrett was 12. While there, Charlie and Garrett spent 10 days big game hunting.

Garrett's love for the outdoors extended to camping trips with family and kayaking, which he often did in the Yellow Breeches Creek, said his mother.

Garrett had a love for peanut butter cups, which Pletcher said she teased him about because she ate peanut butter constantly during her pregnancy with him.

A celebration of life service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Parthemore Funeral Home & Cremation Services in New Cumberland.

Pletcher said among other characteristics of her son's, she'll remember his smile.

"It just kind of melted you," she said.

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