This is the obituary that was in our local papers. I thought it really captured who my grandpa was, so I thought I would share it.
Services for Donald A. Anderson, 81, of Madison will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary Community Church with the Rev. Roy Scorup officiating and burial in Fairview Cemetary. Military rites will be by American Legion Post 35, VFW Post 5763 and the Nebraska National Guard Honor Guard. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Resseguie Funeral Home.
Mr. Anderson died at his home Saturday, August 29, 2009. Memorials may be directed to the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Don was born on the family farm on August 8th, 1928, the son of Carl and Edna (Sexton) Anderson. He was raised on the farm and attended rural school.
Don entered the U.S. Army on November 24, 1950. He served in the artillery in Korea, attaining the rank of sergeant first class. He received his honorable discharge on August 24, 1952. Following his discharge, Don returned to farming near Madison.
On August 17, 1954, Don married Lorraine Severa at Trinity United Methodist Church in Madison. The couple farmed northwest of Madison, where they raised cattle and hogs. In his swine operation, Don specialized in purebred breeding stock.
In his younger years, Don played baseball for the Enola Dodgers. He also enjoyed major league baseball and was a knowledgeable fan of football, especially the Huskers. He enjoyed watching all sports on television and going to auctions. Don took pride in planting trees.
Don was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Madison. On August 28th, 1977, Don accepted Christ as his personal Savior.
Don served on the Fairview School board and the Fairview Cemetary board for several years.
Don is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lorraine; their children, Brian and Yvonne Anderson of rural Hoskins, Arden and Karen Anderson of rural Chappell, and Chris and Mark Hilkemann of rural Pierce; 15 grandchildren, Sarah Hilkemann, Lars Anderson, Beth Hilkemann, Sven Anderson, Ilene Anderson, Josh Hilkemann, Amelia Anderson, Nels Anderson, Emily Hilkemann, Miles Anderson, Hannah Anderson, Leah Anderson, Matthew Hilkemann, Anthony Anderson and Regina Anderson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Dorothy Kinkle and Darlene Schmidt; and one brother, Homer Anderson.