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Dr. James A. Anderson

Dr. James Anderson photoDr. James A. Anderson, age 85, of Huron, died Friday, February 27, 2009, at the Huron Regional Medical Center.  Cause of death was cardiac disease.  His celebration of life service was at 2 PM Friday, March 6, 2009 at the American Lutheran Church with Rev. Steven Brandsrud, officiating.  Burial will be in the Winfred Cemetery at Winfred, South Dakota at a later date.   In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Beadle County Humane Society, 5063 Dakota Ave. S., Huron, S.D.  57350. 

Born September 15, 1923, in Winfred, South Dakota, he was a South Dakota resident his entire life. He attended college in Brookings and Yankton and graduated from the University of South Dakota Medical School in 1952.  Prior to medical school he was a flight instructor in the Navy.  He graduated and received his wings at Corpus Christi, Texas, and was commissioned an ensign in the Naval Air Corps in April 1945.  He taught airmen to fly the PBY aircraft, and remained a fan of PBYs his entire life.

He married Mary Patricia Garvey on December 22, 1946, in Gayville, South Dakota.  They moved with their family to Madison where Dr. Anderson began his practice at the Madison Clinic in 1952.  They remained in Madison until 1987, when they moved to Huron and Dr. Anderson continued working until he retired. Over his career he estimated he delivered over 5,000 babies.

He loved hunting pheasants and ducks, the occasional deer, and was a skilled and passionate fisherman.  One of his great joys was the Piper Tri-Pacer he flew for over 40 years. He would spend many happy afternoons at the airport, in the hangar, polishing and waxing his plane.  Many of his friends were fortunate enough to take a ride, look at the water in the lakes and find a good field in which to hunt.

For most of his life he was in the company of a black Labrador retriever who would happily plow through snow, cornfields, and any other obstacle to find the downed bird for him. He trained every dog he had.

He delighted in his three grandchildren and their children, and was most grateful for their frequent visits.

He leaves behind hundreds of people whose lives he touched in one way or another.

Most grateful for having shared his full and happy life were his wife of 63 years, Mary Patricia; his sister, Jill of Kansas City; his daughter, Peggy, of San Diego; and his Iowa grandchildren, Julie, Scott and Josh and their families. He also leaves his loving dog, Pogo.  He was predeceased by his brother, Hal Anderson of Yankton, and his parents.

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