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First Presbyterian Church
Wednesday December 28th, 2016

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David L. Anderson

David L. Anderson, 72, of rural Dannebrog, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, at his home. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Officiating will be Phil LaRoe and Rev. Martha Voigt. Private family inurnment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery at St. Paul. David Lee Anderson was born on Nov. 19, 1944, at St. Paul, the son of Doris (Bucy) Anderson and Clayton Anderson. David attended elementary school at District No. 6 Howard County rural school and went on to St. Paul High School. Dave enjoyed all sports, especially playing high school football. Dave met his future wife, Donita Meyer, at St. Paul High School; they were married on Nov. 19, 1966 at St. Paul and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. After graduating from St. Paul High School in 1963, Dave attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and received a degree in Agricultural Economics. Dave and Donita and young son Chad David, moved to Seattle where they welcomed a second son, Spencer Maxwell. In Seattle, Dave began a long career in the Property and Casualty Insurance industry as an Administration Manager. Dave was transferred to Spokane, Washington, where he worked for 15 years, then to Scottsdale, Arizona for 2 years. He ended his career in Manhattan, where he worked for 10 years, eventually enjoying a corner office overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. But September 11, 2001, affected Dave deeply as his office was two blocks from the World Trade Center and he lost friends and colleagues. His company left the city, but Dave continued working for them and eventually retired in 2008. The events of 9/11 prompted a decision to return home to Nebraska to retire to a farm purchased near Dannebrog in 2004. Dave spent many happy hours making improvements on the farm before moving completely from New Jersey in Feb. 2015. Dave had many skills and abilities: he enjoyed being a Scoutmaster in Spokane, coordinating the moving of the Cotesfield Methodist Church to add to the farmhouse, and working with builders to create his retirement home in his beloved Nebraska. Dave was a avid Huskers and Yankees fan. He truly believed in the Golden Rule and, if he was your friend, you knew that you were on the right track. He is survived by his wife, Donita; sons and daughters-in-law, Chad and Hyunsook Anderson of Incheon, South Korea and Spencer and Lisa Anderson, parents of Dave's dear grandsons, Maxwell and Theodore of Chicago; he is also survived by two brothers and a sister-in-law, Wayne Anderson of Las Vegas and Jay and Phylis Anderson of St. Paul. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marian Fairbairn. Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

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Donna and Family, Our hearts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. I wanted to share a memory I had of Dave. In his obituary it mentioned how Dave loved playing high school football. He was a tough guy and great blocker. I remember one day at practice, Coach Starr drew a circle in the dirt big enough for two players to face off with each other. Dave was faced off with Doug Lett and they went at each other trying to push the other one out of the circle. There was a lot of feet churning but neither one could budge the other. We had a great line that year. Thinking of you, Ted Koehn

Ted Koehn Dec 27 2016 10:36 AM