Melvin William Anderson, 77, passed away Sunday morning, November 1, 2015 at 11:01 a.m. at the Wyoming Medical Center following a lengthy illness.
Memorial services will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church, Lander, Wyoming, on Friday, November 13th at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Vernon Boehlke will officiate. Military honors and committal will immediately follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. A luncheon will be held after the services at the church.
Melvin William Anderson was born April 22, 1938 in Torrington, Wyoming to William and Mildred Anderson. His primary education was at Fort Laramie Grade School, his secondary education and graduation was at Guernsey High School. During his last two years of high school he served with the Wyoming National Guard at Torrington, Wyoming.
Upon graduation from high school he entered the U S Navy where he had the honor to be on the commissioning crew of a new ship, The USS Edson DD946, now a museum ship in Bay City, Michigan. After his discharge from the Navy he entered Parks School of Business studying Accounting and Business Administration. While at Parks he met Sharon Baker who became his lifelong love.
He spent most of his life in retail sales as co-owner of Gale Furniture for a number of years, owner of Daylight Donut Shop, and worked at Meyers Gambles as furniture manager and buyer until his health forced his retirement.
Mel was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church where he served in various offices of the church council. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Lander Chamber of Commerce, Wyoming State Winter Fair, One Shot Antelope Hunt Club and the Atlantic City Federal Credit Union. He was also a member of the Lions Club.
His hobbies included woodworking, leather work and golf. He especially looked forward to his school and military reunions.
Mel is survived by his wife of 53 years, daughters Debra Timm and her husband Fritz of Renton, Washington, Tracey Jones and her fiancé Shawn Wilson of Lander, Wyoming and son James Anderson and his wife Deana of Lander, Wyoming; sister Darlene Slater and her husband Larry of Casper, Wyoming; granddaughters Kiersten Jones, Marissa Jones, Laura Timm, of Lander, Wyoming, step-granddaughter Sara Gudmundsen and grandsons Christopher Timm of Bellingham, Washington, Ian Anderson and Thomas Anderson of Boise, Idaho, several cousins, nieces and nephews and special friend Shane Meyer and his family. Preceding him in death were his parents, sister Margaret Deen and infant son William Scott Anderson.
Memorials may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church, 626 Shoshone, Lander, WY 82520 or the One Shot Museum, 545 Main Street, Lander, Wyoming 82520.