Jerry R. Anderson, ArmourJerry R. Anderson, 60, Armour, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at Douglas County Memorial Hospital, Armour, of cancer. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Armour. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Armour. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the church with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service. Koehn Brothers Funeral Home, Armour, is handling arrangements.
Jerry R. Anderson, 60, Armour, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at Douglas County Memorial Hospital, Armour, of cancer.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Armour. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Armour. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the church with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service.
Koehn Brothers Funeral Home, Armour, is handling arrangements.
He was born on Dec. 14, 1950, in Madison to Vernie and Della (Beck) Anderson.
He grew up in Canova and graduated from Canova High School in 1969.
Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he achieved the rank of sergeant and served in Vietnam before being honorably discharged on June 14, 1971.
After his military service, he worked on oil rigs in Louisiana.
He returned to Brookings to attend South Dakota State University before owning and operating the Lantern Lounge.
On Oct. 2, 1976, he married Karen Weaver at the Newman Center in Brookings.
They moved to Minneapolis, where he graduated from Hennepin County Technical College with a degree in fluid power technology.
He was hired by B&T Hydraulics, Sacramento, Calif.
In 1982, the family returned to South Dakota, where he owned and operated Anderson Marine in Ravinia and later Pickstown.
In 1991, the family moved to Armour and he became a rural mail carrier in Avon, becoming full-time in 1998.
He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church; American Legion Post No. 52, where he served as commander and was named District Legionnaire of the Year; VFW Post No. 6897, District 7 commander of Knights of Columbus Ray Harrington Council No. 9809; and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association.
He is survived by his wife, two children: Drew and wife Margaret, Mitchell; and Megan Leech and husband Craig, Brookings; a brother, Chuck and wife Suzi, Littleton, Colo.; his twin sister, Janet Gerrits and husband Terry, Huron; his in-laws, Burton and Eva Weaver, Lake Andes; his sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
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