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Delmar Anderson, 86 - November 13, 2015

Delmar “Del” Eugene Anderson, 86, of Gothenburg died Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at Gothenburg.
Memorial services will be conducted at the Evangelical Free Church, located at 1721 Lake Ave., Gothenburg, on Friday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Fred Priest and Ken Sawyer officiating.
Anderson was born the fourth son of Henning G. and Alice (Sreves) Anderson on Feb. 14, 1929, Valentine’s Day—the day of the Chicago Massacre.
He grew up at Wild Horse Valley, attending Svea Dal Church and working for farmers in the valley.
Anderson graduated from Milwaukee Bible College in 1950, and that summer, he was united in marriage to Pauline Pike on July 8, at Newaygo, MI. The first few months of married life were spent visiting churches to raise support for mission work in the Belgian Congo, Africa.
He and his wife left the shores of the United States on March 1, 1951, on the Norwegian tanker Tatra. After several stops along the African coast, they arrived at Matadi on April 1. They continued their trip up the Congo River on an old Mississippi paddle boat, arriving at Mission Kama on April 15, where he was involved with agriculture, youth ministries, pastoral training and station maintenance.
When Congo received its independence in 1960, it was not safe for those in the bush country to remain as there was no way to leave quickly. The family returned to the United States and made their home at Denver, CO.
Anderson entered the sales field and spent one year as interim pastor at Derby Community Church. He received a call to pastor the Cope Community Church in eastern Colorado and remained there for seven years. During this time, he received his ordination to the ministry by the Grace Gospel Fellowship in Grand Rapids, MI.
He then returned to sales and was available as a supply pastor for several churches in eastern Colorado. In 1982, he was called to be the visitation pastor for Grace Memorial Church of Denver, and later assumed the senior pastor responsibility. While in Denver, he also attended classes at Denver Seminary.
?In 1994, he and his wife retired from the ministry and moved to the Wild Horse Valley, restoring the house which he was born in. The couple then moved to Gothenburg in 2006 where he lived before spending his final years at Hilltop Estates.
Anderson enjoyed country life, doing carpentry work and serving as a supply pastor, according to family members.
He was proceeded in death by: his daughter, Alyce Cristine; his parents, Henning and Alice; a granddaughter, Jordanne Gerbing; son-in-law, Ted Magnuson; five brothers—Ray, Wilbert, Glen, Verlin and Cecil; two sisters-in-law—Norrene Anderson and Marilyn Anderson; two brothers-in-law—Vern Johnson and Jim Wasilchenko.
Survivors include: his wife of 65 years, Pauline; five daughters—Susan Magnuson of Eat­on, CO, Donna (Fred) Priest of Orlando, FL, Coni (Randy) Darling of Ault, CO, Dotty (Dale) Wheatley of Union, WA, and Deanna Anderson of Brady; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Jewel (Forrest) Johnson of Gothenburg; brother, Wendel Anderson of Omaha; two sisters-in-law—Nadine Johnson of Portland, OR, and Marilyn Anderson; two brothers-in-law—Vern Johnson and Jim Wasilchenko of Newaygo.
Memorials are suggested to the Grace Bible College and Radio Kahuzi, c/o the family, 1722 Ave. H, Gothenburg, NE 69138.