OBITUARY

Dean Alan Anderson

February 11, 1934March 30, 2014
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Dean Alan Anderson, 80, of Pueblo, Colo., and Edelweiss Mountain, S.D., passed away the same way he lived his life, on his own terms; peacefully and at home with his family by his side, on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Dean was born on Feb. 11,1934, in Pierre, S.D. He was the only child of Alvin and Minnie Anderson. He graduated from Huron High School in South Dakota but not before eloping with Katherine Mary Hines. And after graduation, he moved to Pueblo, Colo., where he began his career as a lineman for the power company. His career was put on hold when he enlisted in the USMC and was sent to Korea. After his return, he resumed his career and began his lifelong affiliation with his union, IBEW-12. Dean’s career was not only fulfilling but is prolific in its entirety. His natural talents and his union took him all over the country working. He worked in New York City on both towers at the World Trade Center and Pier 17 and worked at power plants all over this country. He was at NORAD, the Air Force Academy and his favorite job working on the Arkansas Frying Pan Project in the tunnels near Pagosa Springs — but his career began laying lines mile after mile beginning in the streets of Pueblo so every time you find yourself on Northern or Prairie and so many others in between, look at the line and think of Dean. Dean lost his high school sweetheart, wife and mother of his six children, Katherine, in 1977. They had endured the loss of their infant son, Hal, in 1959 and later Dean lost his daughter, Deanna, as well as his beloved parents and many, many dear friends and family members. After 27 years, Dean finally found and married Betty L. Colby, who quickly brought light, joy, laughter and the joy of traveling and fellowship back into his life. Dean is survived by his wife, Betty L. Colby; and his children, Duane (Mike) of Sheridan, Wyo.; his daughter, Julie Anderson, Shannon (Don) Anderson- Skinner and their children, Kalhoon and Klancy of Pueblo; Glenn (Jana) and their children, Reagan and Dean Anderson of Toronto, Canada, Scott (Tracy) Anderson of Colorado Springs, stepchildren, Doug and Keith Colby, Marlo (Derek) Vigil and their wonderful children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as many wonderful friends and family, both in Pueblo and South Dakota. There will be a celebration of Dean’s life starting with the viewing from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 at T.G. McCarthy Funeral Home. His service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 4, at Family Worship Center. Friends will be received at IBEW Local 12 Hall after the service. Memorials may be made to Dean’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Online condolences at www.tgmccarthy.com. Arrangements by TG McCarthy Funeral Home.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 3, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 4, 2014
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James & Shirley Turner

April 18, 2014

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

David & Valerie Hockman

April 6, 2014

Just remembering a great friend....he was definitely one of a kind (and we liked his kind). We will miss Dean terribly but were so thankful that we got to know him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty, and the entire family. May your minds be filled with happy memories and may each day get a little easier...until we all meet again.

Valerie Hockman

April 6, 2014

Valerie Hockman

April 6, 2014

Valerie Hockman

April 6, 2014

April 6, 2014

Betty and family, you have been in my thoughts and prayers. Dean was a very special person. Please keep in contact. Deanna Johnson (Presho SD)

Jodi Kihn-Jennings

April 3, 2014

Scott and Tracy, My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family during this time. Your Dad - will always have a very special place in my heart.

Susan Hines

April 2, 2014

We are sad to hear of Dean's passing. Our prayers go out to the Anderson Family. Dean had a life well-lived! He will be missed. Sorry we cannot be there with you, we are thinking of you and our remembrances of Dean. In sympathy--Sue, Dan & Ann, Steve & Kristen

nancy richie-delao

April 2, 2014

scott and tracy - I was so sad to read about your dad's passing. I thought he was a fantastic person and also a very funny (in a dry sense of humor way) man. my thought and prayers are with you and your family.

Stephen and Tess Courtney

April 2, 2014

Scott and Tracy,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Dean. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.