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Richard Anderson

Richard G. "Uncle Rich" Anderson

Tuesday, September 11th, 1928 - Friday, March 5th, 2021
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Obituary

Richard G. “Uncle Rich” Anderson passed away on Friday, March 5, 2021, at Hospice Alliance Hospice House in Pleasant Prairie, WI after brief illness.

Born on September 11, 1928, in Kenosha, WI, he was the son of the late Amos and Marie (Bouterse) Anderson. He was educated in Kenosha schools.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean War until he was honorably discharged in 1952.

Richard was united in marriage to Bettie Thomsen on September 17, 1949. They were blessed with almost 72 years of marriage, but they were especially grateful they were able to celebrate their 70th anniversary with family and friends.

He worked for 35 years in the Transportation Industry, the majority of the time with F. Landon Cartage and later for Gertsen Cartage as Terminal Manager, retiring in 1985.

After “retirement” he held various part time jobs. When he was a “snowbird” he worked at The Landscape Nursery in Orlando, FL with his good friend Milt for 10 years. Later, he helped out at M.A. Truck Parts in Kenosha with his friend Mike. At the age of 90, Richard felt it was finally time to officially retire.

Richard liked doing his yardwork, and in the past, he did woodworking, with his skills he made a wishing well, garden arbor, lemonade stand, and doghouse to name a few. He was very handy and was always able to handle any home repairs. He was also a knowledgeable mechanic.

Through the years Richard enjoyed getting out for breakfast at various Kenosha restaurants. His “Breakfast Buddies” depending on the location were, Izzy, Andy, Ronald, Bob, Carl, and Rick to name a few.

He was a member of the Unity Lodge Kenosha and Past Master of Pike Lodge-Kenosha, a member of Kenosha Shrine Club and the Tripoli Shriners-Milwaukee

Richard is survived by his wife, Bettie and daughter, Cheryl Anderson of Kenosha; two brothers, Ronald Anderson of Kenosha, and Wayne (Judy) Anderson of Folsom, CA; three sisters, Beverly King, Joanne (John) Beronich, Sharon Anderson all of Kenosha. He is further survived by many dear nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and many long-time friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Kenneth Anderson; his parents, father and mother-in-law, Markus and Neta Thomsen; two sisters, Beatrice (Lester) Smith and Lois (Don Sr.) Pfarr; one brother, Roger (Pat) Anderson; in-laws, Walter and Virginia Petersen, Elmer and Edna Andersen, Ken and Mary Alice Thomsen, Chuck King and Peggy Anderson; a brother and sister both in infancy; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ziehen and his staff for the great care and concern through the years for Richard, also to the compassionate staff at Hospice Alliance.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at Proko Funeral Home at 12:00 p.m. A visitation will be held on Wednesday at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Green Ridge Cemetery.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
Visit & Sign Richard’s Online Memorial Book at:
www.prokofuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    Address
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
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  • Service

    Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 12:00pm
    Location
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    Address
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Colleen Vice
  • Interment

    Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 | 12:45pm
    When
    Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 12:45pm
    Location
    Green Ridge Cemetery
    Address
    6604-7th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53143
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Jim Matson

Posted at 03:29pm
I had the pleasure of meeting Dick a few years ago. We saw each other a few times. The brief time we spent together had a very good influence on my life. I am sure that I am not the only person that feels that way. A truly fine man that will be greatly missed. I extend my deepest sympathy to his family.
Very sincerely,
Jim Matson
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Patricia Thums

Posted at 12:10pm
I always looked forward to seeing Uncle Rich during my summer visit to Wisconsin. He always had a project to show . I enjoyed sitting outback having a glass of lemonade and admiring the backyard. Dan was always so impressed with his train track and projects too.
I have so many good memories of Kenosha visits as a little kid too. I had my first rootbeer float with Uncle Rich and Aunt Bet.
Love to Aunt Bet and Cheryl .
JF

Jane Frey

Posted at 07:02pm
Kurstin always had fun when she stayed in Kenosha especially playing ding, dong, ditch on Uncle Richard & putting fake animals on him when he was napping!
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