Richard Wayne Anderson, 90, Burr
Richard Wayne Anderson, 90, of Burr, passed from this life and into the loving arms of his Savior on May 6, 2020, at the Syracuse Area Hospital.
Richard was born on July 17, 1929, in Omaha, the son of Swan Oscar and Clara (Kay) Anderson.
As a youth, Richard lived in Red Oak, Iowa; LaPorte and Cass Lake, Minn., and Carter Lake, Iowa.
He was united in marriage to Dorothy Carrie Rundback on April, 28, 1950, and built a home in Carter Lake, where he worked as a meat cutter, commercial gardener and started their family with two sons, Richard Wayne Jr. and Daniel Swan.
Their love for raising crops and children led them to purchase a 70-acre family farm south of Papillion in 1963.
There, daughter, Christine Kay, was added to the family.
Richard and Dorothy both shared a hard-work ethic. Richard worked at Armour meat-packing plant during the day and would till, plant, and harvest the crops on evenings and weekends with the help of Dorothy and their sons.
They also raised cattle, along with a variety of farmyard animals, including horses, chickens, rabbits, — two pet skunks — and generations of barn cats that sometimes became targets of the family’s two beloved dogs, Tippy and Spike.
The family farm instilled into their children the value of a hard day’s work. Richard taught his sons mechanical skills that would shape their future vocations.
His love for farming inspired his daughter to become an agricultural journalist.
Life was not all work and no play.
At Carter Lake, the family enjoyed boating and swimming.
Also, nearly every year, Richard and Dorothy enjoyed a family vacation traveling to national parks and to see relatives.
On the Sarpy farm, relief from hot summer days came from a dip at the local VFW pool located just down the road, now called Anderson Drive.
In 1978, after a 29-year career at Armour, Richard and Dorothy purchased a farm near Unadilla, where they raised crops, cattle, and a large garden.
For several years, Richard commuted 50 miles to Omaha to work for Swift Packing Plant while farming.
The couple eventually added a farm near Burr, where they lived into retirement and during the passing of his wife of 55 years.
On June, 17, 2008, Richard married Marilyn Rundback of Omaha.
Richard and Marilyn enjoyed peaceful retirement life on the Burr farm.
Each year of their married life, Richard and Marilyn raised a bounty of vegetable crops, sharing their harvest with others and selling them at a local market with the help of Marilyn’s daughter, Marlene.
Each year, Richard and Marilyn cultivated the soil using Richard’s iconic garden tractor made from spare parts in the 1950s.
Their shared passion for gardening stemmed from raising commercial vegetables for north Omaha produce markets in earlier years.
Survivors include his beloved wife Marilyn; sons Richard Wayne, Jr. (Barb) Anderson and Daniel Swan Anderson, both of Papillion; daughter Christine Kay (Dennis) McClintic of Hollister, Mo.; and step-daughter Marlene (D.W.) Haith of Burr. Those who are also left to cherish his memory are grandchildren Luke Richard and Jennifer Kay Anderson; Kenzie Marie, Cole William, and Kyla Kay McClintic; sister Janice Lee and brother-in-law Larry Castleberry of Texas; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Richard is preceded in death by his former wife, Dorothy; parents Swan and Clara Irene Anderson; sisters Donnarene Magoon and Carolann Hall; and brother Mervin (Andy) Anderson.
Heaven received a man of strong character and integrity.
Richard enjoyed raising crops, cattle, garden vegetables, and relished his time on the tractor seat.
His excellent mechanical skills kept the family farming operation running.
He will long be remembered for his genuine warmth, kind spirit, thriftiness, and hard-work ethic. Richard loved his family, including his sisters, brother, nephews, and nieces.
He was an inspiration and role model for many. He will be dearly missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are by Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home in Syracuse.
Condolences to www. fusselmanallenharvey.com