Aug. 8, 1908-March 31, 2004
IMPERIAL -- Richard Paul Anderson, 95, died Wednesday (March 31, 2004) at Chase County Community Hospital.
He was born Aug. 8, 1908, to Charles H. and Hilma A. (Anderson) Anderson. The family moved to Gordon in 1921 to farm. He went to Freedom, Minn., in the fall of 1924 and worked on a dairy farm. In the spring of 1925, he moved to Upsala, Minn., and worked on a farm. He attended ninth grade while there.
He moved to Gordon in June 1926 and lived with his parents. He graduated from Gordon High School in 1929. He helped his parents on the farm until they quit farming in 1937. He moved with his parents to Morill and worked at different jobs for a while. Later, he was employed by John R. Jirdon Industries in Glendo, Wyo., in the potato farming industry.
On June 20, 1940, he married Elsie Johnson in Scottsbluff. The couple made their home in Glendo and lived there until December 1941. The couple moved to Mitchell, where he was employed by B&C Ford Motor Company for six years and then moved to Morrill and worked for the company for five years. In 1952, the couple moved from Morrill to Big Springs and operated a standard oil service station until 1962. The purchased the Circle B Motor Lodge in Benkelman in 1962 and operated the lodge for 22 years. On May 20, 1984, they retired and moved to Imperial to be near family.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie in September 1999; his parents; three sisters, Martha Roxberg and husband, Waldo, Gladys Beck and husband, Don and Helga Gregory and husband, Lonie.
Survivors include a son, Leiton (Swede) Anderson and wife, Debra; daughter, Jan Banks and husband, Don of Imperial; one sister, Maxine Proctor and husband, Les of Scottsbluff; and three grandchildren.
Services are Monday, 11 a.m. (MDT) at Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial with the Rev. Robert Frank officiating. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial.
Visitation is Sunday, 2-6 p.m. (MDT), at the funeral home in Imperial.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial is in charge of the arrangements.