Richard Kenneth Anderson (September 20, 2016)

Richard Kenneth AndersonNovember 1, 1932 ~ September 20, 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016
2:00-7:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
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The family will be present to greet friends from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

Monday, September 26. 2016
10:30 AM
Elk Horn Lutheran Church
Elk Horn, IA
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Burial will be in the Elk Horn Lutheran Cemetery, Elk Horn, IA

Wife – Mary Ann Anderson of Kimballton, IA
3 Sons – Jay (Barb) Anderson of Ames, IA
Andy (Elizabeth) Anderson of Elk Horn, IA
Dan (Lisa) Anderson of Fort Wayne, IN
1 Brother – Fred (Ellie) Anderson of Omaha, NE
1 Sister – Kathy Rossitto of Omaha, NE
2 Sisters-in-law – Jean Anderson of Fort Worth, TX
Martha  Eskov of Elk Horn, IA
5 Grandchildren – Carter Anderson
Carson Anderson
Blaine Anderson
Grace Anderson
Isaac Anderson
Nieces & Nephews
Other Relatives & Friends

Richard “Dick” Kenneth Anderson, son of Kenneth W. and Betty S. (Booth) Anderson, was born on November 1, 1932, in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended Omaha schools and graduated from Omaha North High School in 1950. Dick enlisted in the Army National Guard and eventually entered the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean Conflict. He was trained in fixed-wing aviation, attended officer candidate school, and later took helicopter training. Dick served two tours of duty as a medical evacuation pilot with the Medical Service Corps in Vietnam, using the call sign “Dustoff”. Dick proudly served his country for a total of 27 years and attained a final rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

On June 15, 1960, Dick married Mary Ann Henriksen at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Following his retirement from active service, Dick farmed and then worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 15 years. He then stayed active by working at local gas stations, where he enjoyed visiting with people.

Dick was a member of Elk Horn Lutheran Church. He was an avid singer, and was a member of the church choir and Western Iowa Arts Association. A member of the American Legion Post #322, Elk Horn, Iowa, and the Harry Albertsen AMVETS in Kimballton, Iowa, Dick honored the American flag and promoted patriotism to area youth.

Richard “Dick” K. Anderson died on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at his home in rural Kimballton, Iowa. He had reached the age of 83 years, 10 months, and 19 days.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Neil Anderson and Royce Anderson. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Ann Anderson of Kimballton, Iowa; three sons, Jay (Barb) Anderson of Ames, Iowa, Andy (Elizabeth) Anderson of Elk Horn, Iowa, and Dan (Lisa) Anderson of Fort Wayne, Indiana; one brother, Fred (Ellie) Anderson of Omaha, Nebraska; one sister, Kathy Rossitto of Omaha, Nebraska; two sisters-in-law, Jean Anderson of Fort Worth, Texas, and Martha Eskov of Elk Horn, Iowa; five grandchildren, Carter Anderson, Carson Anderson, Blaine Anderson, Grace Anderson, and Isaac Anderson; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Monday, September 26, 2016, at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church, Elk Horn, Iowa, with Pastor Keith Menter officiating. Nancy Watson served as the organist, and Loren Christensen and Pastor Keith Menter were soloists. Casket bearers were Jay Anderson, Isaac Anderson, Dan Anderson, Grace Anderson, Andy Anderson, Blaine Anderson, Carter Anderson, Fred Anderson, and Carson Anderson. Burial was in the Elk Horn Lutheran Cemetery, Elk Horn, Iowa, with military rites performed by the American Legion Post #322, Elk Horn, Iowa, and the Harry Albertsen AMVETS, Kimballton, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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7 Responses to Richard Kenneth Anderson (September 20, 2016)

  1. Jay McGowan. Dustoff 78 and Ft. Polk with Dick and Mary Ann says:

    From all of in the Medical Service Corps and Dustoff….RIP Dick.

  2. Rosa Clemsen says:

    Mary Ann, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the loss of your beloved, “Dick”. Share the wonderful memories. I know tears will come and go, but smiles last forever, and Dick’s smiles are shining down on you now. May God Bless all of you.


  3. Connie (Neuhaus) Hagen says:

    Maryann, I want to send my sympathy to you and your family in the passing of your husband. I saw the write-up in our Omaha paper. Don’t know if you remember me from many years ago when four of us gals lived together in the apartment in Omaha. Back in the days when I knew you, we called your husband Rich. Anyway, just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you.

  4. Doug Palmer says:

    Nadeen and I would llike to extend our heart felt condolences to Dick’s family. Dick was a very special man and a strong advocate of our Nations flag.I never saw Dick without a smile on his face. He will be missed greatly. May God take you into His Heavenly home and Grace You with love you so much deserve.

  5. Forest says:

    Dick will truly be missed. We at Vittles enjoyed his story’s and the flowers, they were amazing. Sympathy to the family, I will keep you in my prayers…

  6. Laurel Nielsen says:

    We had good visits, at the clinic and at the gas station, and he was the best popcorn maker around! He enjoyed sharing his beautiful flowers, he was always so proud of them. Thinking of you, Mary Ann and your family at this time, and praying for strength for the coming days. Friends, Marvin and Laurel

  7. Deb Bieker says:

    You have our sincere love and sympathy with the loss of Dick. He was such a wonderful man and we will all miss him. He is home with the Lord and healthy and walking upright and breathing well again! Praise the Lord. Hugs, Deb & James

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