Gary Thomas Anderson

March 8, 1953 ~ June 16, 2019

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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.

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  • Pastor Doug and Diane Heskin says:

    We are so sorry for your loss! Gary was such a positive person with a contagious ready smile. You and your family are surrounded in Gods love. He will be missed.

  • Was shocked and very sad to hear of Gary’s passing. Our prayers and love to you.

  • Paula Holzer says:

    Cheryl n family
    I am so sorry to hear about Gary. Keeping you all in my heart and prayers. Know that God will always be with all of you in this time of loss. Gary was so kind hearted n never got upset about anything loved working with him. Yes always a smile on his face. Gary will be missed.

  • Paula (Allmendinger) Scicluna says:

    I was so sorry to hear this news. Gary was a family friend and was loved by my parents. I agree with the “infectious smile.” I remember him as being so kind. Prayers are with his family and friends during this extremely difficult time and moving forward.

  • Lois Olson says:

    Cheryl and family,
    We are so very sorry in the death of Gary.
    I’ve missed you two.
    God be with you.
    Love and prayers.

  • Candy says:

    Cheryl and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are for you at this sad time. May the Lord put his loving arms around you and give you peace.

    Hugs,
    Candy and Allan Miller

  • Roger Anderson says:

    so sorry to hear about Gary. He was such a friendly and pleasant person. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

  • Doug & Kate Halverson says:

    Cheryl and family,
    So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Gary was such a friendly guy and fun to visit with. God Bless your family..

  • Sandy Akerman Schatzer says:

    So sorry to hear Gary has passed away. He sat behind me in grade school, tormented me through high school, we all (36 of us) cryed when we graduated in 71. Our theme was “we’ve only just begun”! LOL, we had no idea. I saw Gary often thru the years and yes, his kaughter, smile, and warm personality we infection. My heart goes out to his family. God grant you peace.

  • Alicia ritter says:

    So sorry to hear about the death of Gary. Prayers to all.

  • Jamie & Jenn Dietterle says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Always enjoyed visiting with Gary about life and sports. Our Deepest Sympathies.

  • Lon KIghtlinger says:

    Rest in Peace dear friend. I was in school with Gary grades 1 – 12 in Selby. He was always the first one chosen on any school team competition. All around great-guy. Rest in Peace.

  • Amanda Perman (Clark) says:

    From a little girl walking into Anderson’s in Mobridge and meeting Gary his smile and warmth (a long with Cheryl’s) made me want to go shopping there time and time again. The last time I saw Gary was in Anderson’s but as a shopper rather than a store owner just a few years ago. The smile and warmth was the same as I knew as a little girl. Such a beautiful soul.
    Cheryl and family – I wish I had the words to take away your pain. Remember the Lord is holding you in the palm of his hand even when it may seem he is the furthest away.

  • Jim & Jackie Keller says:

    Cheryl,
    We were shocked and saddened to hear about Gary. We enjoyed working with him when we were young farmers at the Land Bank and will never forget the trip to Watertown with the two of you. Your shoe store in Mobridge was the best and we always enjoyed coming in and being greeted with a smile and friendly conversation. Please be comforted in knowing that God is with you and will carry you through this very difficult time. We are thinking of you and praying for you and your family. God Bless

  • Rocky and Janice Goetz says:

    Cheryl and family,Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.I was a classmate of Gary’s all 12 years at Selby,He was a class guy,friendly to everyone.Rocky knew him as well for many years and always enjoyed visiting with him.Hoping you can find peace and comfort in your many memories.

  • Jeff and LuAnne Bosch says:

    Cheryl, Collin, and Shayna,
    We were so sorry to hear about Gary. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and sending you comforting hugs.

  • Marcia Schneider says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Cheryl and family.

  • Mark Kaiser says:

    So sorry to hear about this. He was always a nice guy to everyone and had a great sense of humor. I know there are no words but your family is in my thoughts and prayers. God bless

  • Nancy (Tisdall) McMahen says:

    So saddened to hear about Gary’s death. I will always remember him as a truly nice person. Even though I didn’t see him frequently after I eft the Selby area whenever I would see him it was like neither of us had ever left the area. My prayers are with you family.

  • John Lusk says:

    So sorry to hear of Gary passing!!! I didn’t know him very long but he was always ready to visit and acted like we were lifelong friends!!! He will be greatly missed by many!!! You are in our thought and prayers!!!

    John and Tammy Lusk and family

  • Vi Lillestol says:

    Cheryl, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of great sorrow.
    Vi, Cindy and Rondi

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