Roy Glenmore Anderson, age 82, of Yankton, South Dakota passed away on Friday, July 31, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Center in Scotland, South Dakota.
Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend Steve Weispfennig officiating. Burial will be in the Martinus Lutheran Cemetery in rural Utica, South Dakota with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Monday, August 3, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral at church.
Pallbearers are grandsons: Robert Anderson, John Bloom, Joshua Bloom, Jason Plath, Brent Warner and Phil Goodwin. Honorary pallbearers are all of his caregivers.
Roy was born December 15, 1932 on the Anderson homestead in Turner County to Fred and Lizzie (Wenzlaff) Anderson. At the age of 12, the family moved to their farm west of Irene. He was baptized and confirmed on July 21, 1946 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Midway. Roy attended country school and then graduated from Irene High School in 1950. He then worked at Freeman Company in Yankton building airplane parts. He also drove truck, did bridge construction on Hwy 46 and helped his dad farm. Roy was drafted into the US Army on May 19, 1953 and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He was then shipped to RAF Molesworth-Hunts in England rebuilding bomb damaged runways. Roy was a heavy equipment operator in "B" company, 801st Engineer Aviation Battalion. He earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Engineer Battalion Medal for his service. He also had the opportunity to visit Germany, Sweden, Austria, Italy, Denmark, France, Amsterdam, Holland and Switzerland. At the end of his service, Roy was stationed in Fort Sheridan, IL and was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal First Class on April 27, 1955. On returning to South Dakota, he farmed with his dad and brother until his marriage to Lois Mae Frohreich on May 11, 1956 at Martinus Lutheran Church in rural Utica. Roy and Lois farmed rented land until they purchased the family farm in 1958. They farmed together for many years until health problems required him to slow down. They moved into Yankton on May 1, 1987 and Roy continued to farm with his son, Rod, until he had two severe strokes in November 2007. After many months of healing and therapy, Lois decided to move him home and give him a lot of tender, loving care with the help of some very special care givers. Roy enjoyed sitting in his sunroom watching the birds and squirrels. He also enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. Roy loved the Lord, his faithful wife Lois of nearly 60 years, his family, RED tractors, music, the land, fishing, hunting and telling stories.
In the last few years, he also loved and enjoyed his seven great grandchildren. Roy was a faithful member of St. John's Lutheran Church and continued attending even in his wheelchair. As his health declined, Roy spent the last 2½ years at the Good Samaritan Center in Scotland.
Roy is survived by his wife, Lois of Yankton; four children: Rod (LouAnn) Anderson of Yankton, Daniel (Beverly) Anderson of Lakewood, CA, Steve (Barbara) Anderson of Yankton and Debra (Jeff) Bloom of Madison, SD; 10 grandchildren: Kristin (Jason) Plath, Karin Anderson (Drew), Tricia Anderson (John), Robert (Laura) Anderson, Elizabeth (Blaine) Fairchild, Tracy (Brent) Warner, Kate (Phil) Goodwin, John (Stacey), Kallyn and Joshua Bloom; seven great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lillian (Harry) Westergaard and Eileen (LuVern) Swensen; brother, Ray (Darleen) Anderson; niece, Ruth Anderson; and an infant brother.
Memorials may be directed to Martinus Cemetery Association at 605 Applewood Dr. in Yankton or St. John's Preschool at 1009 Jackson St. in Yankton.
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My favorite uncle for so many years. Always treated me like an adult not a kid even when I was a kid. Godfather of our son Christian. Excellent Farmer, Sportsman, Veteran and dedicated follower of Christ. We will all miss him very much.
GARY, DEB, and CHRISTIAN SWENSEN
My deepest sympathy to Lois and family. I have so many memories of Uncle Roy and my Dad. I was very lucky to be able to have Roy in and his family in my life. Much love sent to all of the family.
SO many happy memories of Roy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you r family. He has a wonderful journey ahead.
Bless you, Leo, Robin and Olivia Haffey
Sending Lois and all of Roy's family my sympathy and prayers . God sent us into each others lives for very special reasons. I am so thankful for the time we spent together and for the friendship, respect, laughter ,tears, and love we shared.
Tammy Plooster Earl
"Swede" - a great friend and neighbor with a quick wit and easy smile. Our hearts go out to the family as you adjust to Roy's passing from this life to the next.
Jeff & Jean Liudahl
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time.
John & Joan Lemer
Deb and family. Nick and I are so sorry for your loss. We want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Kathy and Nick Petersen
He was gentle and kind and took me in as though I were blood. He, along with his wife, taught me about the Lord and his love, taught me how to pray at night, and most affectionately, taught me how to wiggle my ears! I was mystified! Although I spent only a short time in his life, his impact was great: and every time I pray with my own children at night - every night for the past 16 years, I think of him.
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