In loving memory of

Richard T. Anderson
April 20, 1936 - July 1, 2015


Richard Theodore Anderson, 79, of Lewiston died Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Hospital - St. Marys Campus.

Richard was born April 20, 1936 to Russell and Thelma (Barnewitz) Anderson in Rushford, MN. He was baptized and confirmed in Peterson, MN and attended school in Rushford. On February 26, 1955 he married Shirley L. Volkman at Rushford Lutheran Church. Together they raised 7 children.
Richard was a farmer all of his life. Over the years, he also worked for Merlin Hungerholt Trucking, Earl's Tree Service, Webster's Lumber Co., and was a logger with his son, Steve for many years. He was known to be a gentle and kind-hearted man who was always willing to help anyone in need. Family was especially important to Richard and he always looked forward to the many family events that took place during the year, particularly, the Anderson Family Campout at the farm along Pine Creek. Richard was a loving man who will be greatly missed but leaves a legacy that will live on.

Richard is survived by his wife Shirley of 60 years; 7 children, Faye (Kerry) Heiden, Kim (Randy) Benson, Steve (Lisa) Anderson, Scott (Laurie) Anderson, Linda (Steven) Lea, Chuck (Wanda) Anderson, and Chad Anderson; 16 grandchildren, Tony (Jess) Heiden, Laura Heiden, Adam (Christina) Benson, Lacey (Chris) Drinkall, Kelsey (Adam) Kopperud, Drew (Ashley) Anderson, Dana Anderson, Clay (Haeli) Anderson, Lukas Anderson, Wade Anderson, Blake Lea, Audra Lea, Royal (Stephanie) Anderson, Riley Anderson, Ross Anderson, and Ethan Anderson; 11great-grandchildren, Emma Heiden, Kail Heiden, Archer Heiden, Jora Heiden, Kaia Drinkall, Kellen Drinkall, Kennedy Drinkall, Maycie Anderson, Callie Anderson, Cayden Lea, and one on the way; and 7 siblings, Doris Lanning, Diane Grover, Luanne Ronnenberg, Lois Rasmussen, Nancy Hoff, Beverly Baker, and Paul Anderson.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Lyle Anderson.

Services for Richard will be held 11 a.m., Monday, July 6, 2015 at Rushford Lutheran Church with the Reverend Dave Steffenson officiating. Visitation will take place from 4-8 p.m., Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Hoff Funeral Home in Rushford and one hour prior to the service at the church. Richard will be laid to rest at Rushford Lutheran Cemetery.

The family prefers memorials to Rushford Lutheran Church.

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Rob & Betie Lou Bunke wrote on Jul 6, 2015:

"Shirley & all the Anderson FamilyIt was a sad day when we heard of Richards passing. My first thoughts of Richard was "What a great guy". All the times I fished in his pasture and parked in the yard , he always made you feel so welcome. Richard was always the same; humble, honest and it made you feel good just to talk with him. He will be missed and Bettie Lou and I wish you God's Blessing as you go on through life with a beautiful memory of a wonderful person.Rob & Bettie Lou Bunke"

Ellen Paulsen wrote on Jul 6, 2015:

"To the family of Richard Anderson,May your wonderful memories bring you comfort. You are in my thoughts and prayers."

Judy Feine Norum wrote on Jul 5, 2015:

"My sympathy to all of you. I'm sure you have many happy memories that will forever bring you smiles and happy thoughts. You are all in my prayers."

Krista Rissman wrote on Jul 5, 2015:

"Dear Anderson Family,I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Richard is an irreplaceable man. I am sorry that I can't be there for the service and to offer my condolences in person. But please know you are in my thoughts and prayers."

Tammy Mathison wrote on Jul 5, 2015:

"So sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Anderson's. Richard will truly be missed."

Brenda Bartelson Rausch wrote on Jul 4, 2015:

"Shirley and family, I am very sad about you loss of such a wonderful man who raised his family well. I know him to be a very grnerous person. I have many memories of camping in your valley. Please knnow that you are all in my thoughts and prayers."

Becky Chiglo Nelson wrote on Jul 4, 2015:

"Thoughts and prayers to the Anderson family at this time."

Scott Rinn wrote on Jul 3, 2015:

"Kim sorry for the loss of your father. When we worked to gether i remember you talking fondly of him. Take comfort in knowing that he is with the Lord."

Dave & Tess Holzer wrote on Jul 3, 2015:

"Diane & Family,So sorry to hear of the passing of such a great man. We have heard such nice things about him from Karen. I know he will be missed. You have our sympathy, thinking of you at this time. Sincerely, Dave & Tess"

Allen Jertson wrote on Jul 3, 2015:

"I'm sorry to hear that Richard died. My prays for your comfort & peace are with you all."