Donald Dean “Andy” Anderson, age 93, died peacefully surrounded by family on February 28, 2021, in Casper, Wyoming.
Andy was born on January 12, 1928 in Hay Springs, Nebraska to parents Wallace J. And Myrtle Iva Anderson. He grew up on the family homestead, and was a skilled farmer for the majority of his life, as well as a talented carpenter. He was an accomplished high school athlete, and a star boxer, basketball and football player throughout his high school career. He was also very active in the Pep Club, FFA, and various other groups, where he met his first love, Pat Foreman.
In 1945, Andy enlisted in the Navy to fight for his country in WWII. He was stationed on the LST 229, and spent most of the war in the Pacific Theater, where he was stationed in the motor pool in China. He was also a world class boxer while in the Navy, and no one ever beat him in a match. He returned home from the war on the USS Birmingham, and married Pat in June 1950, and began raising a family in Hay Springs.
The family moved to Douglas WY where Andy accepted the position of Produce Manager in the local grocery store. He then moved with his family to Casper, where he and Pat raised their sons and made many lifelong friends. After Pat’s death in 1992, he married Mary Ann Rasmussen, and continued traveling around the country with her until she passed in 2015.
Andy had many hobbies and talents throughout his life. He was a Master Gardener with a wonderful green thumb, and avid trout fisherman, turkey hunter, camper, traveler, horseshoe tosser, woodworker, bowler, and bingo player. He loved discovering new activities, and always enjoyed life to the fullest. He was a social and active man, and made every stranger his friend, and always had a smile and laugh to share with those around him.
Andy was a great family man, loving father, and beloved grandfather. He taught his children and grandchildren so many life lessons and skills, which they will pass on to others, keeping Andy’s legacy alive. His family and friends will always remember him as a loving, devoted person, as well as a notorious prankster, jokester, and life of the party. He doted on his grandchildren, and always made sure to give them the greatest adventures. He built them wooden toys, treehouses, and special wood carvings, played all manner of games with them, and always had special treats for them when they came over.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Francis, Myrtle, Charlie, Doris, and Ivan, and is survived by his 3 sons, Jerold (Esther) Anderson of Casper, Garry (Alice) Anderson of Casper, and Andy (Diana) Anderson of Louviers CO, and his grandchildren Tera Anderson of Casper, Casey Anderson of Casper, Dawn Anderson of Casper, Dean (Rachelle) Anderson of Mitchell, NE, Brent (Amy) Anderson of Moorecroft, and Corrine Anderson of Louviers CO, as well as great-grandchildren Kelton, Corbin, Ella, Rebekah, Elizabeth, Jacob, Naomi, and Mary, and several stepchildren and grandchildren.
All are welcome to join the family in honoring this wonderful man. A Celebration of Life will be held 1:00 PM, on March 12th at Boyd Ave Baptist Church.
In Lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Central Wyoming Hospice, and the Boyd Avenue Church Building Fund. To leave a special message for the family please click the Share Memories button below.