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.