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Arthur W. Anderson
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Birth: Jul. 4, 1908
Clearwater County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Nov. 23, 2006
Brookings County
South Dakota, USA

Arthur W. Anderson, age 98, of Brookings, died Thursday, November 23, 2006, at Brookview Manor in Brookings. Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, November 28, at First Lutheran Church in Brookings, with interment in the church cemetery. Visitations will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Brookings Hospice in care of the Brookings Health System or the Arthur and Signe Anderson Scholarship in Ag Business at the SDSU Foundation.

Art was born on Independence Day, July 4, 1908, on a homestead farm south of Clearbrook, Minnesota to Swedish immigrants Nils Anderson and Betty (Nilsen) Anderson. Nils died when Art was six years old; so the early years were often difficult for Art, his three siblings, and their mother. The experience instilled within Art a strong work ethic and keen family values. It also laid the foundation for an enduring Christian faith which he later passed on to his own family. He was baptized, schooled, and confirmed in the Swedish language as a lifelong Lutheran.

Education was also important to Art; but it came at a price, and money was scarce. So following graduation from Clearbrook High School Art worked on large farms in the Red River Valley. During harvest time, this meant shocking and threshing, since this was years before the invention of the combine. He had earned enough to attend Gustavous Adolphus College at St. Peter, Minnesota for a year, and then Dakota Business College in Fargo, North Dakota for another six months. That enabled him to move up to accountant and bookkeeper at Femco Farms near Breckenridge, Minnesota.

Times were improving. In the summer of 1929 he and a friend traveled with tent across North Dakota and Montana via a Model T Ford. They made it as far as Great Falls where they worked construction on a grain elevator. Meager savings were soon depleted, so they had to work the fields again to earn enough money to make it back home. Then the Depression came, Arts mother, Betty, died in 1931, and times were tough again. Fortunately, the governments Triple A Program provided Art employment as a clerk for local County agents, one of whom encouraged Art to complete his college education.

In 1935 he enrolled at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, and three years later earned a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Agronomy. He then hired on with the Universitys College of Agriculture -- first as an Assistant Extension Dairyman and then as a Graduate Research Assistant. He received a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Minnesota in 1942, upon which he was immediately called into military service. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II in North Africa and Italy, and was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant.

Art was employed at South Dakota Stated University (SDSU) from 1946 to 1975 as an Extension Economist in Farm Management, specializing in planning, leasing, record keeping, and economic outlook. He served as the South Dakota representative on the North Central Farm Management Extension Committee for 23 of these 29 years. Art was a charter member and Secretary of the South Dakota Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and deserves much of the credit for the Societys development. He was also a member of the American Farm Economic Association and held memberships in several honorary organizations including Alpha Zeta, Gamma Sigma Delta, Alpha Gamma Rho, and Epsilon Sigma Phi. In 1985 the South Dakota Board of Regents granted him the title Professor Emeritus, Extension Economics.

On June 29, 1949 he married Signe Vedvei of Hetland, South Dakota at the famed Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He spent his entire married life in Brookings, seeing each of his six children receive Bachelors degrees from SDSU and go on to receive graduate degrees there or elsewhere across the country. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing, gardening, and playing cards; and keeping up with current events, crops and the weather. He was full of life, active and engaging well into his 90s.

Art was a faithful member of First Lutheran Church in Brookings, where he sang in the choir for over 50 years, served on various boards, and was Treasurer for five years. He was active in the Sons of Norway and served a term as Lodge President. He was also a member of the VFW and American Legion, BARTA, Volunteer Service Bank, and was very active in the Meals on Wheels program.

Survivors include his wife, Signe, of Brookings; six children: David of Salt Lake City, Utah; Marilyn (Tim) Johns of Palo Alto, California; Steven (Joyce) of Watertown, South Dakota; Ronald (Mindy) of Broomfield, Colorado; Bonnie (Curtis) Rons of Apple Valley; Minnesota; and Beth (Thomas) Kaspar, of Odenton, Maryland; and 11 grandchildren, many nephews and nieces. His parents, brother Elmer, infant sister Alice, and sisters Alice Kay and Edith preceded him in death.

First Lutheran Cemetery
Brookings County
South Dakota, USA
Created by: M Gilbertson
Record added: Jan 18, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 123696425
Arthur W. Anderson
Added by: M Gilbertson
Arthur W. Anderson
Added by: M Gilbertson
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