1922 ~ 2012|
Keith H. Anderson 89, died Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at George Wahlen Veterans Nursing Home in Ogden, Utah after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Keith was born April 3, 1922 in Bothwell, Utah. He was the last survivor of 13 children born to Eli Carl Anderson and Sarah Ellen "Ella" Hunsaker. He graduated from Bear River High School in 1940 where he excelled in FFA, exhibiting livestock throughout the state. This is where he met his future wife at a livestock show in Spanish Fork in 1942.
He served in the U. S. Army during World War II and was in combat in Italy, France & Germany. He was awarded the Silver Star for successfully completing a dangerous reconnaissance mission, swimming the Moder River in Germany into enemy territory where he got vital information for the advancement of the troops. He received two Purple Hearts for wounds inflicted in France and Italy.
He married Cloe Truman on the 30 January 1946 in the Logan Temple. They began their married life on the Utah-Idaho border near Strevell, Idaho breaking up sagebrush for dry farming, raising kids, turkeys and cattle. They moved to Bothwell in 1954 and continued raising children, farming, livestock and turkeys. He worked for the Federal Land Bank Association where he was the manager. He loved working with the farmers and visiting with them.
He loved agriculture and was a 4-H leader for over 40 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports, the phone and traveling with his wife.
He was very active in the LDS church serving as a Branch President and Bishop. He and Cloe served a mission to the Florida Jacksonville Mission. They also were temple officiators for 14 years in the Logan Temple.
He is survived by his loving, supportive wife, Cloe; Kent (Kathy); Hal (Brooke); Dale; Ted (Ida); Julia Christenson; Helen Whiting (Roy); Don (Kim); and Marchelle Nielson (Justin). 29 Grandchildren, 46 Great Grandchildren and 5 Great Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings: Vesta, Maurine, Maurice, Reed, Ray, Carlyle, Dorothy, Max, Dean, Verl, Eloise & Gerald.
Viewings will be held 6-8 p.m., Sunday 29 January 2012, and 30 January 2012, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Funeral Services will begin 11:00 a.m. All services will be held at the Fielding Stake Center 4375 W. 15600 N. Fielding, Utah. Interment will be at the Valley View Cemetery (Bothwell, Utah).The family is very grateful for the kindness and services rendered by the Wahlen Veterans Nursing Home staff and care givers. Condolences may be offered at ruddfuneralhome.com.
Published in Deseret News on Jan. 27, 2012