H. E. “Gene” Anderson, 89, of Kiel died peacefully with his family by his side on Monday evening, June 22, 2020 at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.
Gene was born March 23, 1931 in Milbank South Dakota, son of the late George and Josephine (Scholtes) Anderson. He was a graduate of Milbank High School with the class of 1950. After high school he joined the U.S. Marines, serving in Korea. He served in the Marines from 1951 until 1954. On Sept. 30, 1977 Gene married the love of his life, Marlene Schubert, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Gene started out his employment with a telephone company as a lineman, working his way up to regional manager, retiring from AT&T in 1985. Gene found out retirement wasn’t for him. He was recruited by General Telephone and retired from there in 1992. Gene looked forward to the time he was able to help others out. He worked part time at Lulloff’s True Value as well as a dedicated volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul and at the Kiel Middle School where he helped students with computer classes. He was an active member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church as well as the Kiel VFW Post #6707.
Gene had a passion for technology, always staying up with the new up and coming advancement. He was a collector of many things, most importantly his scale cars. Gene also could be found woodworking, building birdhouses as well as animals. He looked forward to his travels with Marlene, wherever the road would lead them.
He is survived by his children—daughter Sharon (Michael) Curry of Kiel, and grandchildren Michael (Monique) Curry and Carson (Laura) Curry; daughter Cindy (Jack) Rolbiecki of Kiel and grandchildren Shannon (Bryant Mason) Rolbiecki and Justin Rolbiecki (Chelsey Bills); son Rick (Gary Waters) Anderson of Santa Fe, New Mexico; son Steven Anderson (Steven Viera) of St. Petersburg Beach, Florida; step-son Jerrod (Toni) Henschel of Elkhart Lake and their daughter Sofia Henschel; and five great-grandchildren, August, Adler and Isla Curry, and Hazel and Sebastian Rolbiecki-Mason. He is further survived by his sister, Euince Flanagan of South Dakota; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Berneda (Willy) Wittek, Derold (Yvonne) Schubert, Marlow Schubert, Arlis (Bernie) Henschel, and Lucinda Schubert; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene; his parents, George and Josephine Anderson; brothers John Joseph and Robert Anderson; sisters Dorothy (Bon) Van Asch and Margaret (Donny) Fortin; stepson Jeff Henschel; brother-in-law Myron Schubert; and sister-in-law Margie Schubert.
Per Gene’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service for Gene will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his name.
The family would like to thank Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for the care and compassion shown to Gene and his family during his recent illness.