|Birth: ||Oct. 16, 1923|
|Death: ||Aug. 21, 2006|
HEADSTONE with R. Delores.
OBITUARY Iron County Reporter Aug 30 2006 "Obituaries: Harold Anderson" with photo
IRON RIVER-Harold A. Anderson, 82, formerly of Stambaugh, died Aug. 21, 2006 at the Iron County Community Hospital.
He was born Oct. 16, 1923 in Stambaugh, the son of the late Arvid and Ida (Erickson) Anderson, where he grew up and graduated from high school. He attended the University of Michigan where he played basketball and then returned to the local area. He served as the postmaster at the Stambaugh Post Office for many years until his retirement. He was an active member of the Grace Covenant Church where he had served as the church choir director for 50 years. He had also served as a church trustee and deacon. An avid sports enthusiast, he enjoyed playing tennis and had been a former football official and refereed games throughout the Upper Peninsula for 60 years. He had also been a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Iron County and had served as a board member for the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame. On May 26, 1945 he married the former Delores Carlson and the couple made their home in Stambaugh. She preceded him in death on March 9, 2004. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Willard; three sisters, Mildred Wilson, Gladys Solander and Alice Bergstrom; and two grandchildren.
He is survived by three sons, Jack (Sheila) of Carolina Beach, N.C., Ralph (Becky) of Minneapolis, Minn. and Larry (Sharon) of Sammamish, Wash.; one brother David (Virginia) of Eagle River, Wis.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Aug. 25 at the Grace Covenant Church in Iron River with the Rev. Matthew Norlen, pastor, officiating. The Rev. Robert Erickson delivered the eulogy.
Pallbearers were grandchildren, Kristin Bengtson, Elissa Dahl, and Joel, Erica, Britta, Nathan and Kara Anderson.
The Grace Covenant Church Choir served as honorary pallbearers and sang at the funeral service.
Organist Carolyn Lindahl accompanied vocalists Ed Lindwall and Mark Lindahl.
Burial was in the Stambaugh Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorials can be made to the Grace Covenant Church or the West Iron County High School Athletic Boosters.
The Langenberg Funeral Home-Stambaugh Chapel is serving the family.
STAMBAUGH, MICHIGAN CENTENNIAL,1882-1982: 100 YEARS ON THE HILL centennial book "Family Histories: Ida Anderson" page 35 (excerpt)
Among the early settlers of Stambaugh was Ida Anderson.
She met and married Arvid Anderson. Ida and her husband came to Stambaugh following their marriage in 1908.
Ida Anderson is the mother of seven children: Willard, Mildred, Carl, Gladys, Harold, David and Alice.
NEWS ARTICLE Iron River Reporter Dec 30 1987 “Veteran Official Recalls the Way It Was” with photo
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STAMBAUGH-A recent article in Stripe, the Michigan magazine for sports officials, named two men who top the list for certificate-holding longevity.
One is Stambaugh’s ex-postmaster, Harold Anderson. Since 1943, Anderson has held a certificate with the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Anderson was an outstanding prep cager for the Hilltoppers and continued his basketball career with the independent team, the Big Joe Bakers.
Why did he get started in officiating? “There were many basketball games in the area, and they needed B team (JV) officials. I could see a need for refs, but I also thought it would be fun to stay in the game and officiate,” Anderson replied.
He started working the JV basketball games in Stambaugh and continued with football. “I started in football with a guy in Eagle River, and we worked what we called the kerosene circuit-Goodman, Crandon, Laona and that area,” he said.
How has officiating changed since then? “We only worked with two officials during football back then. Now they work with four. When I started working basketball, I worked alone. They also wanted me to work both the JV and varsity games,” he mentioned.
His duties have been numerous and widespread, covering the entire U.P. and northern Wisconsin at all levels, including college. He and long-time partner Gene Wodzinski, also of Stambaugh, were the officials when the Northern Michigan University basketball team played the University of Chicago on the day C.B. Hedgcock Fieldhouse was dedicated.
He has also officiated the state high school boys basketball finals.
His most memorable game as a referee was Oct. 27, 1973, when NMU traveled to Tampa, Fla. for a football game with the University of Tampa. NMU brought two officials and U. of Tampa provided the rest.
“I enjoy football the most. You’re away from the crowd, and you can discuss the calls with the other officials,” Anderson remarked. “It is much more fun when the others know the rules as well. Then there isn’t much discussion.”
The team of officials have opportunities to brush up on the rules. Each year the state holds a rules meeting to discuss the changes and to answer questions.
Then, Anderson and his partners get together the following week to go over the changes again. “When we get into the car to go to a game, we talk about the town happenings for about five minutes. Then we discuss rules. Sort of like hitting the books,” said Anderson.
“A 90-mile drive gave us over an hour to brush up on things. We didn’t talk about deer hunting while we were in the car.”
Even though he is still registered, he only works three or four JV football games each year.
This year, when West Iron’s varsity team played Marquette for homecoming and the Bessemer officials failed to show up, Anderson was quick to fill in.
How long will Harold Anderson work the gridiron as an official? “I really don’t know,” he chuckled. “I guess as long as I’m healthy I might as well continue. It’s great exercise.”
OBITUARY of Delores Anderson 2004 says she married Harold Anderson on May 26 1945 and the couple made their home in Stambaugh.
OBITUARY of Willard Anderson 1997 says Harold Anderson of Stambaugh is his brother.
OBITUARY of Carl Anderson 1984 says Harold Anderson of Stambaugh is his brother.
Arvid C. Anderson (1883 - 1957)
Ida Erickson Anderson (1887 - 1988)
R. Delores Carlson Anderson (1922 - 2004)*
Willard Clarence Anderson (1909 - 1997)*
Mildred Christine Anderson Wilson (1912 - 1989)*
Carl Einer Anderson (1915 - 1984)*
Gladys Anderson Solander (1920 - 2005)*
Harold A. Anderson (1923 - 2006)
Alice M. Anderson Bergstrom (1925 - 2005)*
Plot: Block 1 Lot 34
Created by: Dale Safford
Record added: Jul 01, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14789459