Ray G. Anderson, 82, of Syracuse died at home surrounded by family on Friday April 26, 2013. He was born on Oct. 9, 1930 to Charles and Edna (Cooper) Anderson in Hartington.
Ray married Minnie Benning on Nov. 1, 1953 in Randolph. They had 14 children. He served in the Marines for two years and then worked as a driller for Hopper Brothers and at Martin Marietta for 32 years. Ray loved playing cards, hunting, fishing at Gavins Point Dam and camping in Texas. He enjoyed watching old western shows including Bonanza and the Lone Ranger and River Monsters. He loved sitting outside to pet cats and watch his garden grow.
Ray is survived by his wife of 59 years Minnie; children Maggie Sahs, Andi Mather, Roberta and Patrick Boyle, Connie Randle, Rusty and Julie Anderson, Jane Anderson, Rex Anderson, Sally Anderson, Terry Anderson, Katie Anderson and boyfriend Bill Breazile, Peggy Anderson and Stewart Heard, Kelly Anderson, and Jesse Anderson and girlfriend Lorna Patterson; grandchildren Paul and Carra Sahs, Brandon Kleinbeck, Aaron Anderson, Dustin Anderson, Shawn Staack, Leslie Staack, Kyle Boyle, Dylan Boyle, Shad Anderson, Rebecca and Jerome O’Flaherty, Joshua and Tonya Anderson, Jessica and Joey Hedges, Jett Ford, Andrew Anderson, Mitchell Wachter, Cordell Wachter, KayLynn Hanshaw, Collin Anderson, Hunter Anderson and Aspen Warriner; great grandchildren Jaxton Sahs, Kylie Anderson, Tomi-Ann Hedges, Samuel Hedges and Desiree Suppes; daughter-in-law Candie Anderson; brother Clarence Anderson; sister-in-law Viola Anderson; and brothers-in-law Robert Benning and Mary Wilson and Ronald Benning.
He was preceded by son Jerry, grandson Michael Sahs, great granddaughter Sierra Sahs, and sons-in-law Wayne Sahs and Hap Mather.
Funeral services are Tuesday, April 30, at 10 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church (North Branch) with Rev. William Dressen officiating.
Burial is at the First Lutheran Cemetery (North Branch).
Visitation is Monday, April 29, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. with family greeting friends from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or the Diabetes Foundation.
Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home Syracuse is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences can be expressed at www.fusselmanallenharvey.com.