CARL W. ANDERSEN

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Carl Wayne Andersen, son of Einar and Gracia (Overturf) Andersen, was born on February 15, 1939, at his home in rural Edgar. On December 17, 2014, he peacefully passed away, surrounded by family, at his home inSutton. Services were 1:30 p.m., Monday, December 22,  2014, at the Federated Church in Sutton, NE, with Rev. Scharleen Cross and Rev. Harry Cross officiating. Interment following at the Ong Cemetery in Ong, NE. Visitation was Sunday, from 1 – 8 p.m., with the family present from 4 – 6 p.m., at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton, NE. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be designated at a later date. Condolences may be left at www.suttonmemorial.com.  Carl graduated from Sutton High School in 1956. In 1962, he graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an Electrical Engineering degree. He accepted a positionwith North American Rockwell  Company in Los Angeles, California, where he worked on the command modules of the Mercury, Gemini, and ApolloSpacecraft Programs. He had the honor of having coffee with Neil Armstrong.  Wanting to return to his Midwest roots, Carl accepted a position in 1968 as a Design Engineer with Raven Industriesand moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. On December  19, 1970, he married Karen Miller of Gettysburg, South Dakota. While in Sioux Falls, Carl eventually started his own construction company, building houses and apartments. After seven years of city life, Carl and Karen chose to leave their jobs behind and relocate their family to the homestead where his life began. He wantedhis family to learn the value of  rural, family-oriented life. He built a home for his family and several others in the community while growing the farming operation he took over from his parents. Carl was an outdoorsman and an avid hunter. He enjoyed water skiing, trap shooting, camping and fishing. He was skilled at building guns. He was concerned about conservation and was an active member of the Rain Water Basin Joint Venture board. He lobbied in Washington, DC, in support of conservation efforts. He was exceptionally well read and was particularly interested in history and family heritage. You could often hearhim say, "You can always tell  a Dane but you can't tell him much". He loved the smells of frying bacon, wet dogs, and wood smoke and frequently said they would make the most desirablecandle scents, to the dismay of  his wife. His biggest love was spending time with family. He suffered with pain from cancer, Parkinson's, and shingles for six years, but said none of thatcompared to the pain of losing  his daughter, Jennifer. Left to treasure his memory are his children, Scot Andersen and wife, Stacy, of Albuquerque,New Mexico; Kristi Andersen of Sutton, Nebraska;  Joshua Andersen and wife, Teryl, of Edgar, Nebraska; his grandchildren, Felicia Andersen, Heather Andersen, Holly Mora and husband, Brian, Mallory Carl, Shannon Carl, Gavin Andersen, Leif Andersen, Ingelise Andersen, Elsa Andersen and Grethe Andersen; sister,Donna Williams and husband, Don; niece, Cindy Williams; nephews, Randall Williams and wife, Penny, and Brad Williams and wife, Barb, and many other family members and friends. Carl was preceded in death by his nephew, Barton Williams and his parents, Einar and Gracia Andersen.
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