Gary Thomas Anderson
March 8, 1953 ~ June 16, 2019
Gary Anderson, 66, Brandon, died Sunday, June 16, 2019, at his home.
Memorial Services will be 1pm, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at Brandon Lutheran Church, (600 East Holly Avenue, Brandon, SD 57005) with visitation beginning at Noon. Inurnment will be in Kennebec, SD, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota, 1400 West 17th St. Sioux Falls, SD 57104.
Gary Thomas Anderson was born on March 8, 1953 in Hoven, SD to Clarence and Mary Anderson. He was raised in Selby, SD and graduated from Selby High School in 1971.
Once graduating from high school, Gary attended Northern State College where he graduated in 1975. After college, Gary moved to Pierre, SD where he worked for Farm Credit Services. It was in Pierre that Gary met his beloved wife Cheryl Halverson. The two were married in November of 1977 and enjoyed 41 happy years of marriage together.
Their son, Collin Thomas, was born in April of 1979. Shortly after, the family moved to Mobridge, SD where Gary continued his career at Farm Credit Services. Shayna Elizabeth was born in December of 1985, making their family complete.
In 1995, Gary and Cheryl bought Anderson’s Footwear and Apparel. They operated the business together in Mobridge for 15 years before they sold the store in 2010. After selling the store, Gary began work as an independent crop adjuster with Rain and Hail.
Gary continued to work as a crop adjuster when he and Cheryl relocated to Brandon in 2011. Gary retired from crop adjusting in April of 2019. Gary was also a smiling face at the Sanford Pentagon where he was able to combine work with play and do two of his favorite things: talk to people and watch sports. As an avid sports fan, Gary loved every level of competition from youth to professional. His favorite sport was football and his favorite team to follow was the Chargers until they moved to Los Angeles.
Gary’s smile and infectious laugh was loved by many. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and always made sure no one felt left out. Gary had a special way of making everyone he came into contact with feel important. He was selfless, kind-hearted, and courageous. Gary always put others first and did so until the very end of his life.
Gary will be greatly missed by his wife, Cheryl; children, Collin, Denver, CO and Shayna, Minneapolis; and Gary’s pride and joy, grandson, Caden Thomas, Denver, CO; sisters, Ramona Sebert, Aberdeen and Norma Hagman, Belle Fourche; parents-in-law, Harlan and June Halverson, and the large Halverson family.
Gary was preceded in death by his father and mother, Clarence and Mary Anderson and his brother-in-law, Leonard Sebert.