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Dirk Allan Anderson

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Dirk Allan Anderson Obituary
Dirk Allan Anderson arrived in this world at 1:45 in the afternoon on Friday July 13, 1984. He weighed 8 pounds 1-1/2 ounces and was 20-3/4 inches long. He was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church. He had black wild hair that stuck out everywhere. He was welcomed by his parents and big sisters Melanie and Dani.
It wasn't long before Melanie and Dani were beginning to see the mischievous side of their little brother. Dirk absolutely loved to prank. For example, he glued all of their dresser drawers shut. He was a busy and extremely loving child. His mother recalls him performing numerous stunts. One summer week when he was a toddler he took all of the ashes out of the wood burner and poured them all over the carpet, he dropped oil on the kitchen floor and was sliding around as if he was figure skating, and he spread vaseline and baby powder all over his sheets and bed. Again, this was all done in one week. It was only a couple of years later that Dirk was able to focus his love and protection on middle brother Leif, and then three years later, baby brother Jorgen. He had two new little buddies to lead around on his childhood adventures. He loved his brothers and was very close to them, so close that he gave Jorgen his very first haircut. Being protective carried over into his friendships. Dirk was extremely loyal, caring, and defensive of his friends. Dirk met a couple of his best friends at a young age at Ester Weis' daycare. Ryan Koch and Dirk tried to constantly one up each other and Mike Hall and Dirk were best friends from the first day they met. He topped most five year olds when he called the cops, while in the care of his non-English speaking babysitter. He told the police "There's bad guys at my house!", and three policemen showed up bearing guns.
Dirk's extra curricular activities included 4-H and sports. He showed pigs, steers, and catch-it sheep. When in high school, he would watch hours and hours of film to figure out how to destroy the quarterback at the very beginning of the game. All he needed was to give the quarterback one good hit to make sure he knew that Dirk was going to be there the rest of the game. Dirk was a member of two state championship football teams and was first team all-state.
When he was in junior high, he began getting more involved with the Foursquare Church. He really enjoyed youth group and was re-baptized there. This was when he began to develop his true faith in Christ. He loved to go to youth group events and church camp each summer.
Dirk started working at a very young age. He had a strong work ethic, which continued throughout his life. He would help and listen to anyone in need.
He met Nicole at the home of a mutual friend. Surprisingly, he was hesitant to talk to her. But, Nicole made the first move and began flirting with Dirk. Later that night, in true Dirk fashion, he protected Nicole from a person who was being rude. They began their relationship on October 12, 2008 and have been together ever since. They loved rescuing dogs and adopted their wonderful two pups Milo and Indah. They both enjoyed snowboarding and every bit the mountains had to offer. Dirk also enjoyed family excursions to Eagle Lake in Minnesota. In fact, this past July he won the annual family pitch card tournament. He loved to fish, but was out fished by Nicole who caught the biggest walleye at this year's gathering. On these annual trips to Minnesota, he filled up on candy and sweets from Granny's Pantry, the local candy and ice cream shop. While making this trip north, he always loaded up on fireworks. Dirk loved long boarding, even though he took some intense diggers. He enjoyed music, concerts, and hiking.
Dirk is survived by the love of his life, Nicole Bracht; his parents, Larry and Lanae Anderson; siblings, Melanie, Dani, Leif, Jorgen and Jorgen's wife Elena; three nieces, Molly, Tara, and Emma; his grandparents, Roger and Clarice Megard of Sherman, SD., and Robert B Anderson of Otis, CO; and numerous aunts; uncles; cousins; classmates; friends; and two dogs, Milo and Indah.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 22, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., at the Foursquare Church in Akron. Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Dirk Anderson for the benefit of animal rescue charities.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Aug. 22, 2013
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