Clifford Willis “Cliff” Anderson, 96, formerly of Hardwick, died Friday, July 29, 2016, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
A funeral service was Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Clifford Anderson was born May 24, 1920, to Oscar and Alma (Johnson) Anderson in Mount Vernon, South Dakota. He attended and graduated from high school in Mount Vernon. He attended Grand Island Business College in Nebraska for two years and then Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, for one year.
In 1940 Cliff moved to Burbank, California, where he built airplanes at Lockheed for two years. In 1943 he enrolled in the V-12 Navy College Training Program. In 1945, he returned to his parents’ home to help on the farm.
On Oct. 21, 1947, Clifford married Gladys Vosberg at the American Lutheran Church in Worthington. Following their marriage, the couple farmed northeast of Kenneth for fifteen years. They then farmed near Mitchell, South Dakota, for one year before settling near Hardwick where they farmed the next 38 years. In 2002 the couple bought a home in Hardwick. Gladys died Nov. 10, 2012. In July 2013 Cliff became a resident at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
Cliff was a former member of Kenneth Lutheran Church in Kenneth and currently a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. He enjoyed tinkering on his cars, working hard on the farm and providing for his family.
Cliff is survived by four children, Bernice Anderson, Castle Rock, Colorado, Lyle (Linda) Anderson, Luverne, Becky (Lowell) Siekmann, Marshall, and Randy (Jill) Anderson, Harrisburg, South Dakota; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Anderson, Steen; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; a son, Larry Anderson; his parents; and two siblings, Elvira Wiese and Harold Anderson.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.