January 15, 1953 - May 10, 2023
Glen Anderson of Hot Springs died on May 10, 2023 at Monument Hospital in Rapid City, from the effects of scleroderma. He is survived by his wife, Elaine (Hot Springs), of nearly 50 years; daughter, Christine Anderson (Reno, Nev.); brother, Paul Anderson (Anchorage, Alaska); in-laws, Sue Anderson, Larry Hedberg, and Carol & Larry Nayes; grandchildren, Susie Wold (Minneapolis, Minn.) & David Wold (Sheridan, Wyo.); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Art & James.
Glen was born in Deadwood, S.D. to Olga (Wold) Anderson and Arthur Anderson on January 15, 1953. His family (parents and 3 brothers) moved frequently as a child, which may be why he was so quick to make friends wherever he went. In high school in Parshall, N.D., he was impressed by a young woman who answered the physics teacher’s automotive question correctly, “camshaft”...he married Elaine 3 years later, on December 1, 1973.
Glen earned a B.S. in Psychology from South Dakota State University in 1976. He worked in aviation, manufacturing processes, and weed spraying, among other jobs.
Glen believed that life should be lived now, because you never know what might come next. One way he and Elaine lived this out was by taking off 6 months to travel the United States when they were 45. They also retired early to hand-build, first, a cabin, then a pole barn (where Glen had all the room to tinker that he could ask for), and finally a house on an acreage near Hot Springs.
He and his wife, Elaine, loved to travel and spent several years after their early retirement (they were F.I.R.E. before it was cool!), touring the warmer states in their RV, including favorite campsites in Texas (Elaine) & Arizona (where Glen could find oh-so-many people with whom to visit).
Glen loved camping, airplanes, Jeeps, ham radio, RC planes, and solving mechanical puzzles, like…why will this air compressor not work. (Answer, “faulty wiring diagram”) He also loved to learn and to pass that knowledge on to others. Whether it was supervising his daughter rebuilding a 1956 Jeep he bought for her, teaching a niece to maintain her vehicle, or teaching a neighbor kid to replace a faucet, he showed unending patience with his “students.” Or perhaps he just really enjoyed the opportunity to relax while others did the work – he excelled at being present and in the moment. And he loved life. He had a strong “sense of accomplishment” ethic, a strong humor ethic, a strong play ethic and a strong love ethic. No opportunities to make a joke passed Glen by.
He was beloved by most everyone he met and loved making friends out of strangers. He will be dearly missed.
A memorial service was held at Chamberlain-McColley’s Funeral Home on Monday, May 15, 2023.
Arrangements were placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, S.D.