Harry P. Anderson, the son of Henry and Angelina (Lindemood) Anderson, was born Feb. 26, 1929, in Kenmare, N.D. He died at the age of 84 years on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at the St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck from complications due to cancer.
He attended Prosperity School through the 8th grade and graduated from Sherwood High School in 1947. He farmed with his father until 1951, when he was drafted into the Armed Services. He served for two years during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. After he was discharged, he returned to the farm.
In 1954, he was united in marriage to June Becker, and they began raising their family of seven children. In 1964, wanting to expand his operation, he moved his family to the Denbigh-Towner area, where he leased the Eaton Ranch and ran a commercial Angus cow-calf operation. In 1969, he began putting together his current ranch located south of Towner.
In the '80s, Harry transitioned out of his Sherwood farming operations, which is currently owned and operated by his daughter, Lana. and her husband, Jim. In 1997, Harry purchased the Silver Spur Bar in Surrey and later renamed it the Full Moon, where he would 'occasionally' lend a hand but more often rolled dice and told stories with friends.
Harry was involved in many organizations during different phases in his life including Renville-Bottineau Ag Improvement, Renville and McHenry County Farm Bureau, Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Towner Beef Producers, Towner Horse Racing, Towner Scale Association, Republican Party, McHenry County 4-H, North Dakota Stockmen's Association, North Dakota Brand Committee, Shriners, North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Trustee and a member of "50 Years in the Saddle" Club.
He loved the ranching business and lived at the ranch until his death. In later years, he relied much on his son, Randy, and grandson, Shane, along with some loyal hired help to assist him with the ranch. He felt he met some of the best people in the world in the cattlemen and cattlewomen of North Dakota. As he lay in his hospital bed, he gave his last directive on the ranch to turn the bulls out with the herd. "It's all good, new life on the ranch begins as I finish my work here."
Harry is survived by: his children, Deb (Al) Madden, of Ringsted, Iowa, Randy (Karla) Anderson, of Towner, Craig (Dawn) Anderson, of Alto, Texas, Lorie (Frank) Klein, of Carrington, Jayme (Karen) Anderson, of Poynette, Wis., Lana (Jim) Southam, of Sherwood, Chad (Pam) Anderson, of Peyton, Colo.; grandchildren, Josh, Nathan, Tara, Shawn, Shane, Chris, Sheri, Brandon, Katie, Tyler, Molly, Madison, Hayley, Seth, Sara and Scott; great-grandchildren, Rylah, Raegan, Aubrey, Myles, Wyatt and Stella; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many many friends.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorrah Weed; a brother, Martin Anderson; and his parents.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to the Shriners Crippled Children.
Memorial services: Will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church in Towner, with Mr. Wally Fretland officiating.
Friends may greet the family from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Towner, with a prayer service and sharing of memories beginning at 7 p.m.
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Towner. Online registry: (www.funeralsbyanderson.com).