Braeden James Anderson

May 11, 2010 ~ June 1, 2013

Braeden James Anderson, 3, of Brandon, was taken Home to Jesus, unexpectedly Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 PM, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Heartland Funeral Home. Celebration of Braeden’s life will begin at 10 AM, Thursday, June 6 at Celebrate Community Church (Sycamore location) in Sioux Falls. Interment will follow at Brandon Lutheran Cemetery, Brandon.

Braeden James Anderson was born May 11, 2010, in Sioux Falls, to Mike and Christy Anderson. He was the “little miracle” doctors said was not possible. Braeden was 100% purebred all boy. He was daring and had no fear. If he tumbled and scraped his knee, he brushed it off and went on playing. He wrestled in the living room with Daddy and his brother Ethan all the time; while, being the best little helper a Mommy could ever have. Braeden had a love of trucks and cars, sports (or rather anything that ended with “-ball”), Avenger action heroes, WWE wrestlers, peanut butter sandwiches, his blankie and his thumb, and of course anything that belonged to one of his siblings. He often would take his brother’s Kindle or DS and hide in a corner, playing it. If you couldn’t find it, you knew he was the last one to have it. If it was unusually quiet in the house and he was nowhere to be found, you could either find him hunkered down in the pantry with the door closed behind him or around the corner in the laundry room with the lights out scarfing down snacks.

The Lion King and Iron Man were Braeden’s favorite movies and he would make his family all watch them over and over and over and over again to the point where they all could recite the words themselves. Every morning they watched Mickey Mouse Clubhouse; ”Mommy Mickey Mou, Mommy Mickey Mou!”

He was becoming quite a little cowboy calling out for the horses, Pride and Confederate, at Cowboy Grandma and Grandpa’s. Contrary to what you think a typical boy would play with, he loved dressing the paper dolls at Mama and Papa’s. He often lined up his cars in a row around the coffee table at Grandma Karen’s. He has many works of art that adorn the walls of all who loved him. He had just started learning how to ride his trike and was so proud of his accomplishment. His smile and his big bright eyes could light up a room. That smile was infectious.

He was dedicated by his parents to know, love, and serve the Lord on January 5, 2013 at Celebrate Community Church.

“Braeden, we are certain that as we held you and you closed your eyes here for the last time, you woke up in the arms of Jesus. We know you are more alive in Heaven than you have ever been. Teach Jesus how to line up cars, call horses, and dress paper dolls. Play every day in Heaven until we see you again.”
Love, Mommy & Daddy

Braeden will be deeply missed by his parents, Mike and Christy (Lamis) Anderson; four siblings, Kaleb, Ethan, Daysha, and Emma; Grandparents, Nancy and Jim Volk, Brandon, Karen M. Anderson, Sioux Falls, and Jim and Jan Lamis, Colman; Auntie Kimmie & Uncle John and Uncle James & Shannyn; Great-Grandma Lina Lamis, Sioux Falls; and a large extended family.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Braeden’s memory.

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  • Lee, Teri, Erin, Kristin & Kodie says:

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers, and if you need anything please let us know.

    God Bless you and comfort you in you time of need!

    Lee, Teri, Erin, Kristin and Kodie

  • Sandy Anderson Solberg says:

    Mike and family
    I am so very sorry to hear about your loss.
    He must of been very special. God wanted him
    in heaven. Just know he is in the good hands
    of our Lord. He is with Jesus. Jesus wanted the
    little children to come to him. God bless you
    through your great sorrow and loss. Sandy

  • Papa Jim & Grandma Jan says:


    Our Little Cowboy, We loved so much and you were our Sunshine!!! You’ll never be forgotten!!

  • Our little Cowboy,

    Braeden, you are our sunshine and you will forever be in our hearts!

    Love you always!!

  • Chris & Sherese Kelliher says:

    Our heart felt condolences to your family at this time of loss. Your son and family are in our thoughts & prayers. The Kelliher Family.

  • Rollie Story says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Julie Duncan says:

    Jan I am so very sorry!! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Kristie Nord says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Pam Johnson says:

    Mike and Christy, Nancy and Jim,and family, we send our deepest sympthy to your family, what a tragic loss, such a beautiful little boy.

  • Sarah Wilson, Zachary and Andrew Werner says:


    So very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Zachary and Andrew will send a little extra love to Heaven everynight now on during their nightly prayers. Please do not hesitate if you need anything. – Sarah, Zachary and Andrew

  • Donna Osment says:

    Mike, Christy, Karen and extended family; my deepest sympathy. Such a cute little boy–reminds my of Mike when he was a young boy. I hope those special memories bring a smile to your heart. God needed another angel. My thought are with you all.

  • Marcy Frye says:

    Dearest Mike and Christy and children:
    I have no words to express how sad I am. I enjoy my own grandchildren sooo much and I know that Karen does also.
    May God be gracious unto you and yours,
    Marcy Frye

  • Terry and Rhonda says:

    Safe in Jesus’ arms now little man…..Our hearts are broken for you all. God’s grace, comfort and peace surround you all.

  • Sherry Breitkreutz says:

    My heart is with you during this sad time. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray you feel God’s comforting hand as I know he is with you.

  • Jennifer Pearson says:

    Mike and Christy, Nancy and Jim,and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Erik and Stephanie Burkman says:

    Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

  • Joni Vaughn says:

    So sorry to hear of your precious loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Hillari Foster says:

    My prayers and deepest sympathies are with your family at this sad time.

  • Nicole Christenson-Keisacker says:

    Christy and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Dana Larsen says:

    Dear Christi and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss of Braeden, I remember when you carried him and just learned of hip passing. If there is anything I can do please call me at 605-261-6428 my cell. I will let Nicole (my daughter) know and you all will be in my prayers. All I can assure you is that God calls some angels home early and you all will be reunited again. God Bless, Dana Larsen

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