Cover photo for Richard M Anderson's Obituary
Richard M Anderson Profile Photo
1945 Richard 2020

Richard M Anderson

September 14, 1945 — August 26, 2020

Richard M. Anderson (Dick) was born September 14, 1945 in Muscatine, Iowa, to Dan and Leona (Marple) Anderson. He lived in Millersburg, IL, with siblings Linda, Jerry, Bill, and Tim. He would talk about attending grade school in a one-room schoolhouse with six classmates- half the class were Andersons.

The family moved to Aledo, Illinois and Dick graduated from Aledo High School in 1964. He enlisted in the Navy and was deployed to Vietnam in 1966. He served as a Navy Seabee with the Naval Construction Battalion.

After an honorable discharge from active duty, Dick began his career in telecommunications as a lineman with Western Illinois Telephone. He worked for Contel, GTE, AT&T, and retired from Frontier as a Network Operations Engineer. Dick married Elsa Smith in 1967 and lived in Aledo until they had their kids, Angie and Dack, then moved to Minnesota in 1976. Dick enjoyed the Minnesota outdoors. He liked to fish and would take every opportunity to launch his boat on the lake, fish the river, or drop a line through a hole in the ice. Each Labor Day, Dick would host a family fish fry to share the fish he caught. He enjoyed camping at Minnesota State Parks where he and the family would geocache and explore the trails. Dick was an avid sports fan and followed the MN Twins, Vikings, and Wild. Dick and Elsa traveled the world and taught their family there’s more to life than just your own backyard.

Dick bragged at length about his four granddaughters, Alexa, Annelia, Hannah, and Abby. Those he met were briefed fully on the girl’s milestones. He collected ball caps from their high schools and universities and wore them as conversation starters.

Dick passed away on August 26, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer. Words can’t describe how much he’ll be missed. He is survived by his wife Elsa; kids Angie Rafferty (Adam Hays) and Dack Anderson (Sarah): grandkids Alexa Rafferty (Austin Schiller), Annelia Anderson, Hannah Anderson and Abby Rafferty: siblings Linda Sage (Dick), Jerry Anderson (Marta Hanson), Bill Anderson (Laura), and Tim Anderson (Theresa): several nieces and nephews; and lifelong friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Leona Anderson.

Dick donated his body to the University of Minnesota Medical School with the goal of advancing medical care through research. A Graveside Military Service will be held on July 30, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Aledo Cemetery, Aledo, Illinois. For acts of remembrance the family prefers donations be sent to organizations that can continue to provide support to others like they did for Dick. Please give consideration to St. Croix Hospice, American Cancer Society, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) as donation recipients.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Richard M Anderson, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Graveside Service

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 16

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree