In Memoriam: Arthur Raymond Anderson

2007 Vacation

This is the expanded version of the obituary which we put in the keepsake flyer for the funeral.


Arthur Raymond Anderson Jr., age 83, died March 6, 2015 at Story County Senior Care in Nevada.

Art was born October 5, 1931 in Chicago, Il; the son of Arthur and Irene (Bergen) Anderson. He went to Loyola High School and then on to Loyola University graduating in mathematics and physics, with a logic minor. Art married Rose Ann Cooper in 1955, in Ames, Iowa. The couple lived in Ames and he was employed at Ames Lab as a Junior Scientist under Harry Svec. In 1971, he went to work at Veterinary, Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology Department at Iowa State University as an Assistant Scientist until he retired in 1992.

Art was a devout Catholic and active member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, making rosaries by the score, and through the Knights of Columbus. He also served the community as a blood donor and a scout leader.

He was active in the Boy Scouts of America in the Ames area, even serving on the Eagle board of review. He worked at Camp Mitigwa and attended Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM. During his years of service to the BSA he received numerous awards including the Order of the Arrow, Wood Badge, and the Silver Beaver Award. He helped lead and support generations of scouts in the area, and was a contact person to approve those seeking the knot-tying badge. Related activities included leatherworking, carpentry, and furniture building. His outdoor activities led to becoming a serious rockhound, even once thinking of opening his own business.

Art’s love of knots derived in part from his math and logic skills, which spilled over into many of his other hobbies and interests, including fractals, Sudoku, codes and ciphers, coin collecting, chess, and other puzzles and logic games. Art was a computer programmer and loved working on computers for both business and pleasure.

As a handyman extraordinaire, it seemed like Art could fix almost anything. He tinkered with cars, repaired washing machines and refrigerators, and more. Once he started a new job at ISU and found an extremely expensive piece of high end research equipment gathering dust in the hallway because no one knew how to repair it. He had it fixed within three days of arriving in the department! This and his lock-smithing skills made him a popular gent in some places.

Art’s favorite color was blue. He was an avid reader and enjoyed Sherlock Holmes, science fiction, classic westerns, and National Geographic. Art was very fond of cats and rescued many over the years. He was so fond of Italian food (especially lasagna) that many believed he was Italian (despite the Swedish last name). A Heineken to go with the lasagna was a fine thing. Family trips to the Amana Colonies meant a great meal at the Ox Yoke Inn; Christmas meant marzipan; hanging out with friends meant the vegetarian special at the Mandarin. In addition, Art took to brewing his own wines and a special yeasty rootbeer.

Art is survived by his children, Patricia Anderson; Michael Anderson; Amy (Brian) Hauge; Mary Goddard; David Anderson; Peter (Jim) Pilliod; four grandchildren, Zera Anderson, Luke Veninga, Scott (Megan) Hauge and Kristina (Alex) Danielson and six great grandchildren, Jake, Brayden, Carter, Nathaniel, Ethan and Liv. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister, and son-in-law Michael Goddard.

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