Robert β€œAndy” Anderson, Sr.

Dates

July 7, 1926 - June 20, 2017

Obituary

Robert Wayne Anderson, Sr. 90, of Mitchell S.D. passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on June 20, 2017 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.  Funeral services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church with burial at Graceland Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Arrangements are with Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Robert (Andy) Wayne Anderson, Sr. was born July 7th, 1926 in Sioux Falls S.D. to John and Anna (Anderson) Anderson.  Robert attended Sioux Falls Washington and Mitchell Senior High School. He served in the United States Navy in the South Pacific and was a WWII veteran.

He married Blanche Rose Woytisek on February 9, 1944 in New York City.  He attended New York Hospital School of Radiology from 1947-1949 where he received his LPN degree.  He then worked for Grace Line Steamship Company from 1949-1951, until he moved to Mitchell to work for Randall’s Grocery from 1952-1954.  He joined the South Dakota National Guard where he served from 1954-1981 as a Chief Warrant Officer 3.

His interest in law enforcement began with the James Valley Reserve Program.  He later became a certified Police Officer with the Mitchell Police Department.  He was promoted to Detective/Juvenile Officer until his retirement in 1988.

After Blanche’s death he became a familiar face at Avera Brady Health and Rehab for many years.  He was nominated for Volunteer of the Year by the Mitchell Avera System.

Robert was a charter member and Past President of Resurrection Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Exchange Club, Toastmasters, VFW, S.D National Guard Officers Association, SD Police Officers Association, the American Legion, Fraternal Order of Police and a member and Past President of Good Sam RV Club and belonged to Sons of Norway.

He is survived by his children, Bonnie (Duane) Bueber, Kaylor S.D., Karen Spelbring Mitchell, Robert “Andy” (Sandy) Anderson, Sioux Falls, S.D., Ed (Eileen) Anderson Mitchell, and Dick (Betty) Anderson of Mitchell and 14  grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife Blanche, his parents, a sister Fern and a brother Eddie, and great grandchildren Kaitlyn Spelbring and Bailey Weber.


Visitation(s)

Date
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Time
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 North Main
Mitchell, SD 57301

Service

Date
Monday, June 26, 2017
Time
10:30 AM
Location
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 North Main
Mitchell, SD 57301

Cemetery

Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD


Posted by Vicki Phillips on July 14, 2017
A kind caring policeman who went out of his way for the "kids" of Mitchell. Sincere Sympathy Karen & all of the Anderson family.
Posted by Nancy Thompson Putz on June 26, 2017
My sincere condolences to all of Andy's family. I had the pleasure of working with him at the Mitchell PD. Very fond memories. We were lucky to know him.
Posted by Char Hins on June 26, 2017
My heart and prayers to the family Bob was a wonderful man. And am blessed to have known him
Posted by Douglas Northrup on June 26, 2017
Bob Blanche and Layton formed a special bond at Fanny horners having breakfast most every morning, Bob would either order bacon for Leighton or take it off his plate and Layton and his crew had a special bond
Posted by Leighton Northrup/Douglas on June 26, 2017
He will be missed for sure
Posted by Leighton Northrup/Douglas on June 26, 2017
What a man, Bob had a influence on Leighton at Fanny Horners from the day he was walking about, Leighton found Bob and his table with Blanche and they formed a grrat friendship of 14 years. Great man. BOB, so sorry for your/our loss.....
Posted by Fauna Kappenman on June 25, 2017
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad. I am sure he will be missed by many..
Posted by Cheryl & Dennis Kunkel on June 25, 2017
So sorry for the loss of your Father Andy , my parents were Melvin & Dorothy Bender they always spoke very highly of your folks . May God you Comfort & Peace they are together now Flying with the Angels. God Bless you all πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»
Posted by cheryl austin on June 25, 2017
Our family was thankful for the kindness and caring that he showed for our parents Bill and Carol Stanbrook during their stay a Brady Rehab. Dad and I loved Bingo times although Dad couldn't hear when he called Bob always made an attempt to include him and found a smile. Thank you for sharing your dad.
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Posted by Jeniffer Nurnberg on June 25, 2017
My sympathies to the Anderson family. I knew Bob from when he was volunteering at Brady. He was such a kind man who thought of others often. He will be missed.
Posted by Diane Padrnos on June 24, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Anderson family. It is difficult to lose someone dear. What a wonderful man who contributed so much to so many.
Posted by Paula Venables Larson on June 24, 2017
So sorry to hear about your dad's passing. What a sweet man.
May he Rest In Peace and may you all find comfort in the wonderful life he lived. God bless you.
Posted by Becky's Vans Family on June 24, 2017
We are very sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Anderson. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Posted by Anne Grete Langseth on June 24, 2017
So sorry for your loss. It was so good to finally meet Robert here in Norway, he will always stay in my heart.
Posted by tonya moore on June 24, 2017
Sorry to hear of your loss Robert was a great man.
Posted by Ron and Kathy pietz on June 24, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. In our prayers.
Posted by Larry and Linda Jirsa on June 24, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Anderson family.
Posted by Terry & Mary Nutter on June 24, 2017
Our condolences to the families of Andy Sr. on your loss at this time.
Posted by Deanna Thomas on June 23, 2017
Prayers for the entire Anderson family
Posted by James & Trina Kropenske on June 23, 2017
Trina and I always enjoyed out visits with Bob & Blanche. At their home or out at lake Mitchell Campground. And our many years working together on the PD have many stories I will never forget. What a great guy we all will miss. Our memories we will always hold. God Bless
Posted by Allyn Brosz on June 23, 2017
Prayers for the Anderson family. I was privileged to meet Andy when he was part of a SD Honor Flight of WWII vets to Washington, DC.
Posted by Robert and Mary Jonasen Renken on June 23, 2017
Thoughts and prayers for peace for all of you.
Posted by Carol (Coy) Bonine on June 23, 2017
We are so sorry for your loss! We will keep you in our prayers !
Posted by Lyle Swenson on June 23, 2017
Served in the National Guard with Andy back in the mid fifties, in law enforcement for many years. Thanks Andy for your service.
Posted by Ethel Stalcup on June 23, 2017
I have a lot of fond memories from working with Andy at the Michell,PD. I know he will be missed.
Posted by Elaine Adams Rhoades on June 23, 2017
Deepest sympathy to you, all from Missouri πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’“. I have such wonderful memories of all of you kids and your parents! You were such fun neighbors😍 RIP, Bob, and to you all, my prayers for peace and healing πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’
Posted by Elaine Adams Rhoades on June 23, 2017
Deepest sympathy to you, all from Missouri πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’“. I have such wonderful memories of all of you kids and your parents! You were such fun neighbors😍 RIP, Bob, and to you all, my prayers for peace and healing πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’
Posted by Dolores Masker on June 23, 2017
So sorry to hear of Andys passing. Such a kind, caring man. Enjoyed listening him talk to Brady patients he was shaving. Hugs
Posted by Sheri Hofer on June 23, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Hugs!!
Posted by Jim& Barb Dulaney on June 23, 2017
Karen and family Our deepest sympathy to all of you. May Gods love and peace be with you
Posted by Bente Bostad on June 23, 2017
FΓΈler med dere familie. Skulle vΓ¦rt der, men litt langt Γ₯ reise
Posted by Dean & Shanna Weiss on June 22, 2017
Ed, Dick, Karen and families
You have our deepest sympathies on the loss of your father-grandfather. Thinking of you all and hoping the memories help you through this difficult time.
Posted by Doris Lunde on June 22, 2017
We enjoyed the times that we spent with Bob & Blanch in Arizona and at the Good Sams camp outs. I'm sorry I won't be able to attend the funeral as I'm out of town. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Sue Freeman Strand on June 22, 2017
Mom always enjoyed visiting with your Dad when he brought her mail at Avera Brady. He was such a kind man. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Charlie & Vicki Larson on June 22, 2017
I first met Andy at the PD on my first day almost 30 years ago. We became friends from our law enforcement work to camping and to our Church . May God give all of your family peace. RIP
Posted by Gail Stechmann Dawn on June 21, 2017
Many smiles and memories. Glad we got to get reacquainted at Avera Brady. You are all in our prayers.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on June 21, 2017
So sorry to all of you at this had time . You all are in our prayers . Bob will be missed by all that was blessed to know him !
Posted by John Neihart on June 21, 2017
Andy was a great friend, fellow law enforcement officer, we worked many evenings walking the Main Street beat Corn Palace week 40+ years ago, We have lost one of our brothers RIP.
Posted by LISA SOWL on June 21, 2017
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS ROBERT WAS SUCH A KIND MAN AND FUN TO BE AROUND WHEN HE VOLUNTERED
Posted by Steve Stanga on June 21, 2017
It's been a pleasure to know you, sir. You were one of the good guys. And thank you for your service, sailor!
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