Floyd L. Andersen
June 16, 1924 – May 16, 2014
Floyd Leland Andersen (89 years old) was born in Harlan, IA on June 16, 1924, the son of John and Ida Andersen. He went to be with the Lord on May 16, 2014. Floyd grew up on a farm outside Harlan that raised cows, pigs, and grew crops. Floyd and his two brothers helped their Dad on the farm until they went into the military. Floyd joined the Navy and was a pilot in WWII, serving stateside. When he was discharged, Floyd went into banking. It was there he met his beloved wife Dorothy (Oaks) of 65 years. They were married on May 1, 1949 and had two daughters. In addition to Iowa, they lived in Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico, and Nebraska. Floyd was in banking most of his life, starting out as Cashier, and working his way up to Bank President, CEO, and Director. He was a member of the Lion’s Club, Kiwanis, and the American Legion. He also served in numerous other civic activities through the years. His hobbies were fishing, hunting, stamp collecting, coin collecting, metal detecting, watching sports, listening to music, and playing cards, especially pinochle. Floyd believed in God and attended church all his life. He loved his family and made them feel loved. He took them on vacations every year, and sometimes even a Sunday afternoon drive through the countryside. Floyd was honest and believed in working hard for everything he got. He had a good sense of humor and enjoyed life. Preceded in death by Brother Reuel, Son-in-law Larry Whitt, Sister-in-law Joyce Andersen, Brother-in-law Raymond Oaks, Sister-in-law Alberta Oaks, and Nephew Danny Oaks. Floyd is survived by his wife Dorothy of Valley, NE; daughters Sharon Whitt of Trenton, MO; Addie (Jon) Devish of Yutan, NE; Grandchildren Cherri (Scott) Baldwin of Blue Springs, MO; Nevin Whitt of Independence, MO; Connor, Katrina and Tatum Devish; Great Grandchildren Anthony, Nathan, and Ethan Baldwin; Brother Dewey Andersen of Omaha; Sister-in-law Carolyn Andersen of Grand Island; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation is Wednesday 6-8 PM at Kahler-Dolce Mortuary, Papillion, NE. The Funeral Service is Thursday at 10:30 AM at Cornerstone Church, 9505 Harrison St., LaVista, NE. Graveside services will be at the Harlan Cemetery on Thursday at 2 PM. Guest Book online at dignitymemorial.com/kahler-dolce-mortuary. Memorials to Hospice House of Omaha or the National Kidney Foundation.
- Funeral Service Thursday, May 22, 2014
Floyd L. Andersen
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May 22, 2014
Floyd Andersen- my best friend's dad
Addie – you are my best friend and have been for almost 51 years. (Ever since the first day of first grade when I came home to tell my mom I had a new friend named Addie Mae!) You have been the constant in my life –my safe haven—my sister—my confidant (yes… you have most of my secrets)—and have always been my grounding rod.
When we were little girls, we played at each other's homes and your house rules were different than my house rules. I first learned to sit up straight and eat at the table at your house, whereas we ate around the counter at my house. Your home was proper and orderly and there were unspoken rules of behavior. Your dad led grace at every meal. We ate with our napkins on our laps and our elbows off the table. His quiet voice let us know that our best behavior was expected. I learned about faith.
Your kitchen ceiling was lined with beautiful blue plates that your Dad collected—Danish plates—and I would sit quietly and eat (very fast compared to your family!!) and gaze at each scene on each one. Each plate was dated and your Dad enjoyed collecting each year's new plate to add to his collection. I learned your Dad was proud of his Danish heritage and loved to collect valuable pieces of art. I was always done eating before anyone and learned the value of patience.
When we were through with dinner, your Mom would start bustling around getting the dishes done and your Dad would retreat to the living room with the newspaper. We didn't have to help with the chores, but were set free to run. However, if we were headed outside we had to WALK through the living room with dignity… and then start running again at the door. Your Dad never told us to WALK, but somehow we knew better than to run. I learned the value of respect.
Through the years of grade school and high school, you and I were together so much that most of my memories include you in some way. Your parents were in charge of me a lot—and never once did either one of them ever raise their voice to me. I behaved at your house—because I knew I was supposed to. Not out of fear, but because that was expected. I learned how to act in public by mimicking your family's quiet ways.
Despite being rebellious teenagers (Floyd and Jock must have been tearing their hair out!), Addie, you and I grew up to be responsible adults and parents ourselves. It is because our fathers taught us so much not with words—but by actions of love, kindness and respect.
Floyd was a huge influence in my life—in fact helped me stay on the right path—and I admire and respect him – not just as your Dad—but as a strong and true man.
I love you Addie.
May 22, 2014
I think I deleted part of my message before I submitted. Sharon and Addie we are so sorry for your loss. We can be sure that he is in the very best place of all and that he is at peace. We fondly remember living across the street from your family in Richmond, MO. We lived coming over to play cards! If George could travel that far we would have driven up for the funeral. Our prayers are with both of you and Dorothy .
May 22, 2014
My name is Karen Knudson Smith and I am the daughter of Ila and Wallace Knudson of Harlan, Iowa. My husband, Jeffrey, and I want to express our sincere sympathy. It must be very difficult to say good-by to a husband of 65 years and we hope that your memories, family, friends and faith will sustain you during this difficult time.
You remain in our thoughts and prayers for comfort.
May 21, 2014
Floyd was a man who deeply loved his family and his LORD. As my "Uncle in law" he always offered a warm welcome, a smile, and a hug. His quiet grace and kindness will be remembered by all who knew him. As hard as it is to say goodbye, I know you find comfort in his peace and joy in the presence of the LORD. He will be missed!
May 21, 2014
So sorry to hear about your dad. May the wonderful memories you have of him help you through this difficult time.
May 20, 2014
TO THE ANDERSEN FAMILY, MY SYMPATHY FOR YOUR LOSS. Floyd will always be remembered by me as a kind, generous man. He was very kind to me in my early teenage years and I looked up to him and wanted to emulate him. You were blessed to have him as a member of your family.....Sam Walker, Santa Rosa,CA
May 20, 2014
For all the Floyd's extended family, my sympathy. Floyd was an excellent example for us cousins. He was kind, generous, and lived a life consistent with his religious beliefs. I was blessed to know him during my teen years . He was someone I admired and wished to emulate. Floyd was a blessing! ...Sam Walker, Santa Rosa, CA
May 19, 2014
Hi Andersen Family.. I am so sorry that Floyd passed away. I know your hearts are heavy with grief. He was a kind and gentle man with sense of fun. He always treated me like his 3rd daughter and welcomed me into your home many many times over my lifetime of knowing you guys. He and Dorothy are my 2nd set of parents and I will miss him. Please know you are in my heart. Love you, Meredith