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Paul Andersen, 81 - November 28, 2007

Paul A. Andersen, 81, of Lexington died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at BryanLGH East Medical Center in Lincoln.
Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Cozad with Kathy Gundell, PMA, and the Rev. Terry Pool officiating. Burial will be at the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at Cozad with military honors.
Andersen was born on May 13, 1926, at Lexington to Anders Gade and Catherine (Smith) Andersen.
He grew up on a ranch northwest of Lexington and was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1943.
Following graduation, he ranched and farmed and, in 1951, was called to serve his country during the Korean conflict.
Andersen was united in marriage to Ann Kopf on Aug. 10, 1952, at the First Lutheran Church at Buffalo.
He was honorably discharged on April 5, 1953. He then returned to Dawson County and lived on the ranch until the time of his death.
Andersen considered his work as his play—he enjoyed working cattle and hogs, according to family members. He also enjoyed going to the sale barn and visiting with Harold Stevens and the gang as well as attending his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. As a younger man, he and his wife enjoyed square dancing and playing pinochle and pitch, said family members.
?He was a member of the American Legion, St. John’s Cemetery Association, the Sandhills Cattle Association, a past member of the Dawson County Extension Board and a former member of District No. 44R school board.
?Andersen was preceded in death by: his parents, Anders Gade and Catherine; an infant son, Kyle; a son, Kevin; two step-sisters—Evelyn Buswell and Helen Demyanovich.
Survivors include: his wife of 55 years, Ann Andersen of Lexington; a son, Kerry (Susan) Andersen of Sachse, TX; two daughters—Angie (Rodney) Sall of Lexington and Kristy (John) Toy of Waverly; a brother, Sid (Marlene) Andersen of Lexington; nine grandchildren—Blake and Brett Sall, Andrea and Aaron Andersen, Andrew Toy, Abigail Layne Hamilton, Parker Hamilton, Abagail Grace Andersen and Claire Ann Andersen.
Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.
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