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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 11:30 am

Francis “Andy” D. Anderson, 84, of Spearfish, passed away at the David M. Dorsett Health Care Center on March 5, 2013.

Francis “Andy” was born of a Danish family in 1928 on a farm in Montrose. He was fifth in the line of 10 children. His brothers are Vernon (deceased), Glenn (deceased) and Charles.  His six sisters are Edna (deceased), Josephine (deceased), Marge, Florence (deceased), Clara and Lila.

After eighth grade graduation he worked for a flower shop in Sioux Falls, for 5 cents an hour. Every payday he gave his money to his mother to help for the care of his family.

From 1944 to 1946 he worked for Nash Finch Fruit Company. He drove over a 1,000 miles a week and also helped with the loading and unloading of fruit.

He enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1946 and served in the 76th Signal Service Battalion in Seoul, Korea as an automotive mechanic. He was honorably discharged in 1948.

He used the money he had saved from the army to get his pilot license and a silver two-seated Ercoupe. He soon became an insurance agent for South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. He had an office in Sioux Falls and Billings, Mont. where he hired the most beautiful competent woman he had ever met. Her name was Joyce Bradford. He would often fly to Billings, Mont. in his two-seated Ercoupe and then he would buzz the house in Laurel, Mont., where Joyce and her family lived. This was a signal that he needed to be picked up from the dirt pasture he would be landing on. Everyone piled into the Buick to pick up the handsome Danish flyboy.

Andy married Joyce in August of 1951. A year later they had their first son, Jeff, a year later a daughter, Valerie, a year later a son, Clark, and the following year, Mark, another son, who passed away in 1982.

The family resided in Sioux Falls and spent their free time fishing, swimming, hunting, flying to Montana and camping. Andy sold the two-seater plane for a larger one so the entire family could enjoy the trips back and forth to Montana to visit relatives.

Eventually Andy and Joyce bought a farm in Turner County, though for many years they still lived in Sioux Falls, while Andy and the kids spent many hours farming the land and raising cattle. He drove semi and often delivered his corn and hay West River. Andy owned and drove his own semis, eventually retiring in 2001.

His daughter and son-in-law live in Spearfish, so when he and Joyce needed nursing home care, they moved to the David M. Dorsett Health Care Center in Spearfish.

Andy’s heart was broken when the most beautiful woman he had ever met passed away in December of 2011. They were married for 61 years.

Andy is survived by three of his children, Jeff of Rapid City, Valerie (Dave) Peters of Spearfish and Clark of Lewistown, Mont.; four grandchildren, Summer (Keith) VanBroeke, Amber (Josh) Carpenter, Clint Peters and Aaron Anderson; six great- grandchildren, Kale Peters, Winslow Peters, Owen Carpenter, Marlo Carpenter, Lola Carpenter and Laura VanBroeke.

Friends and family are invited to his memorial service at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at the American Legion in Sioux Falls.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Crematory Service of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com.

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