Richard Donald Anderson, 64, of Bertha, passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at his home with his family by his side.
He was born Aug. 5, 1945, in Litchfield, Minn., to Donald Alonzo and Bernice LaVerne (Clement) Anderson. He graduated from Bertha-Hewitt High School in 1963. He entered service to his country in the Army in September 1965 and was honorably discharged in July 1967. He loved his country and was proud of his service.
He married Rita Ellen Abrahamson on April 6, 1968, at Wadena. Over the years he has worked in bridge construction, as a carpenter and in maintenance for the city of Bertha from which he retired in 2005. He served his community as a member of the Bertha Fire Department and Ambulance Squad, Bertha American Legion, Wadena VFW, and as a Bertha-Hewitt Marching Band assistant for 16 years. He loved being outdoors hunting and fishing and was a member of the Bertha Area Sportsman's Club. He enjoyed puttering in his workshop, collecting "stuff" and looked forward to eating out, especially if he could get a good prime rib. Above all, he loved the time he spent helping and visiting with his family and special friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 5, at the New Life Church of God with the Rev. Mark Brown presiding. Pallbearers were Ronald Ward, Roland Gilbert, Gary Kleen, Bradley Kneisl, Chad Hurtig, Dennis Zimmerman and Ken Nelson. Military honors were provided by William Larson American Legion Post 366 of Bertha, the Elmer Goche Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3922 of Wadena and the Minnesota ARNG Honor Guard. Interment was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Little Falls. Domian-Anderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements (www.domian-anderson.com).
Survivors include Rita, his loving wife of more than 41 years; mother, Bernice; sons, James (Rebecca Price) of Sun Prairie, Wis., and Erick (Holly) of Verndale; daughters, Lisa (Lon) Jasmer of Bertha and Jenny (Paul) Davis of Duluth; 12 grandchildren; sisters, Mary (Douglas) King of West Battle Lake; and brother-in-law Glenn Berg of Ramsey.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald, and beloved aunt, Dietta Mattson.