Richard Anderson

Aug. 27, 1922-Nov. 11, 2020

Brother, Father, Grand-

father and

Great-grandfather Richard

Dale Anderson passed

away peacefully with his

family by his side in

Mesa, AZ, on Veterans


Richard was born in

Stanley, North Dakota on

August 27, 1922 to Wade

and Thora (Sivertsen)

Anderson. He was one of

9 children. Tall and lanky,

he played on the Blue Jays

basketball team in High

School and went to the

state tournament in 1939.

He worked as a telegra-

pher and depot agent for

Great Northern Railway

before joining the U.S.


Richard served in the

Pacific Theater as a radio-

man and was with Ad-

miral Spruance’s radio

team for the invasions of

Okinawa and Iwo Jima.

When Richard returned

from the war he went

back to work at Great

Northern Railway where

he was a depot agent at

many stations in

northwest North Dakota.

While working at the

Williston depot he met

Carolyn Jane Bearce. They

were married on Aug. 3,

1948 in Trenton. They

spent 67 years together

before Carolyn passed

away in 2015. Dick and

Carolyn raised their fami-

ly in Stanley and later

moved to Minot. They

moved to Williston in

1978 and after retirement

they traveled the nation in

their camper van. The

couple spent winters at

Venture Out in Mesa, AZ

and later lived in

Bismarck, Casselton, and


Richard enjoyed many

things including waltzing,

music, typewriters, play-

ing cards, giving advice,

and spending time at the

cabin at White Bear Lake

near Carlyle,

Saskatchewan. He had

numerous friends and al-

ways kept a clean and or-

ganized shop for wood-

working. He made clocks

for everyone in the family

including grandchildren.

He leaves behind those

who will miss him dearly

including his siblings:

Dorothy Boyer, Grants

Pass, OR; Joann Ander-

son, Mesa, AZ; Beverly

Bouye, Redlands, CA; and

Lowell Anderson, Med-

ford, OR. He also leaves

his four children Susie

(Dick) Luther, Mesa, AZ;

Douglas Anderson,

Arthur, ND; Jane Marke-

gard, Boerne, TX; Craig

(Jenny) Anderson of

Bismarck, ND and his

kind and lovely friend

Michalene Herrman,

Mesa, AZ. Richard will be

missed by his grandchil-

dren: Andrea (Mark)

Weekly, Matthew

Schmaltz, Wade (Tiffany)

Anderson, Chad (Kelsey)

Anderson, Kent (Amanda)

Anderson, David (Brit-

tany) Anderson, Tammy

Jo (Will) Taft, and Kim-

berlee (Mitchell) Lowry.

Richard will also be

missed by his great

grandchildren: Christian,

Andrea, Reese, Brady,

Blake, Jocelyn, Morgan,

Everett, Oliver, August,

Vera, Aria, Lilianna,

Alexis, and Wyatt.

He leaves us to join

Carolyn Jane, his brother

Carol, sisters Marcelle,

Betty and Lucielle, his

parents, daughter-in-law

Nancy Anderson and

many friends and family.

A service will be

planned for the summer

of 2021. Memorials are

preferred to the North

Dakota Veterans Cemetery

Foundation at

www. ndvcf.org.