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Steven William Anderson died peacefully on January 16 at age 81. He had been treated for multiple myeloma for five years and died of multiple medical factors.
Steve was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1936, the second of four children of Dewar and Elizabeth (Davies) Anderson. When he was a year old, his family moved to Minnesota. They lived in Truman and then Madelia. At Madelia High School, he was active in sports, playing quarterback in football and playing on the 1953 state tournament basketball team. He graduated with the class of 1954. He obtained his bachelor's and doctorate degrees in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1960. From 1960-1962, he served in the U.S. Army in San Francisco, achieving the rank of captain.
In December of 1962, Steve married Patricia Manahan in Madelia, where they settled to raise their family. Known around town as Doc, he practiced veterinary medicine primarily in a solo practice, treating large and small animals for 40 years. Steve and Pat lived on their hobby farm, where he joked that he "pretended to be a farmer." They moved to Mankato in 2016.
Steve had a heart for service. He tutored adults in English as a second language and read to school children, taking great interest in those he worked with. He served on the Madelia Community Education Advisory Council and the Watonwan County Early Childhood Initiative. Steve was a 23-year member of the Watonwan County Historical Society, where he was past president of the board of directors. He was active in the Madelia Rotary organization and was past president. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder and treasurer.
Steve's self-professed greatest joy was watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports. He had a passion for sports and was a loyal fan of the Minnesota Gophers and all Minnesota professional teams, holding Vikings season tickets for 53 years. He was a prolific gardener, and for years provided great quantities of pumpkins, apples, vegetables, and flowers for family and friends. He also raised pigs, sheep, laying hens, geese, and ducks. He was a conservationist, maintaining natural habitat acreage on the Watonwan River and planting large groves of trees and shrubs. Steve especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at the Raabe cabin at Woman Lake in Longville, Minnesota.
Steve will be remembered for many things, especially his generosity. He always pulled for the underdog. He was principled, kind, and gentle, with a fondness for word play, a quick wit, and a wonderful sense of humor. Meeting people and learning their life stories delighted him.
Steve is preceded in death by his daughter Christine (1965-1969) and his sister Jean Raabe (1931-2017). He is survived by Pat, his wife of 55 years, by his sisters and brothers-in-law Alice and Bob Morrice and Margaret and Dick Jacobs, and by his brother-in-law Mark Raabe. He is also survived by his five children and their spouses, Jeff and Sheila Anderson, Mark and Nicky Anderson, MaryPat Anderson and Jon Olseth, Katie Anderson and Doug Peterson, and Betsy Anderson-Elias and Eric Elias. Steve loved and adored his 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and 13 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is scheduled for February 10 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Madelia. Visitation will be at the church from 9-11am. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Steve's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Watonwan County Historical Society or the Madelia Rotary Club.
Published on January 18, 2018
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