Richard Donald Anderson, age 64, of Bertha, MN, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at his home, with his family by his side.
Dick was born Aug. 5, 1945, in Litchfield to Donald Alonzo and Bernice LaVerne (Clement) Anderson.
He graduated from Bertha-Hewitt High School in 1963.
Dick entered service to his country in the US Army in September of 1965, and was honorably discharged in July of 1967. He loved his country and was proud of his service.
Dick was united in marriage with Rita Ellen Abrahamson April 6, 1968 at Wadena.
Over the years, Dick 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.
Dick 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.
Dick was preceded in death by his father, Donald; and beloved aunt, Dietta Mattson.
He is survived by Rita, his loving wife of over 41 years; mother Bernice; sons James (Rebecca Price) of Sun Prairie, WI, and Erick (Holly) of Verndale; daughters Lisa (Lon) Jasmer of Bertha, and Jenny (Paul) Davis of Duluth; 12 grandchildren; sister Mary (Douglas) King of West Battle Lake; and brother-in-law Glenn Berg of Ramsey.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. at the New Life Church of God in Bertha, with the Rev. Mark Brown presiding. Interment was in the MN State Veterans Cemetery at Little Falls, with military honors provided by William Larson American Legion Post 366 of Bertha.
Pallbearers were Ronald Ward, Roland Gilbert, Gary Kleen, Bradley Kneisl, Chad Hurtig, Dennis Zimmerman, and Ken Nelson.
Arrangements were handled by Domian-Anderson Funeral Home in Bertha, www.domian-anderson.com.