LaVern “Buster” Andersen, the son of Andrew and Emma (Johansen) Andersen, was born on February 23, 1921, in Jacksonville, Iowa. He attended Jackson #5 country school. Buster worked on the family farm from 1937-1942. During World War II, he worked in a munition plant in Omaha. Buster also helped his sister, Anna, in her home.
For a short while, Buster sold Ness products door-to-door. In the early 1950’s, he again lived on the home place, where he kept cows. During that time, he also worked as a telephone switchboard operator in Jacksonville. Later, he was employed as a custodian by Peterson Brothers in Jacksonville and E.M. Christensen Motors in Harlan, Iowa. Due to poor health, Buster retired in 1998, and made his home in the Westridge Apartments in Harlan. He became a resident of the Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn, Iowa, in May, 2005.
Buster was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Iowa. He enjoyed playing card games, especially Pitch and Tick. He also liked to spend time gathering, cleaning, and selling walnuts.
LaVern “Buster” Andersen died on Friday, December 8, 2006, at the Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn, Iowa, having reached the age of 85 years, 9 months, and 15 days.
Buster was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Arthur Andersen (in infancy), Peter Andersen, Mathies Andersen, Frank Andersen, Elmer Andersen, and Roy Andersen; and four sisters, Dora Copeland, Mata Littleton, Anna Esbeck, and Myrtle Croft. Survivors include one brother, Earl (Leota) Andersen of Atlantic, Iowa; one sister, Arlene Adams of Kirkman, Iowa; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Monday, December 11, 2006, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Iowa, with Pastor Ron Rasmussen officiating. Peggy Doonan served as the organist, and Matt Andersen was the soloist. Casket bearers were Jerry Andersen, Richard L. Andersen, Keith E. Andersen, Eugene C. Hess, Roger Andersen, and Ron Adams. Burial was in the Jacksonville Cemetery in Jacksonville, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan was in charge of the arrangements.