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Kenneth Charles Anderson

October 25, 1930 ~ June 27, 2017 (age 86)

Kenneth Charles Anderson

October 25, 1930- June 27, 2017 (age 86)

Kenneth C. Anderson of Lafayette passed away at his home on June 27, 2017. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 12, at 11 am at the First United Methodist Church of Lafayette, 1255 Centaur Village Drive. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tru Community Care Hospice or the First Methodist Church of Lafayette.

Ken was born Oct. 25, 1930 in Locust Fork, AL to Charles and Chessie Anderson. He and his younger siblings Curtis and Dorothy helped operate the family produce and fruit farm through the Great Depression and World War II. The family sold the farm to pursue opportunities in Florida and Washington, where Ken earned a degree in dairy husbandry from Washington State College. In 1954 Ken enlisted in the U.S. Air Force aviation cadet program and served as a flight engineer and navigator. In 1958 he was honorably discharged and married teacher Ruth J. Moore of Iowa.

Also in 1958, Ken was hired by International Harvester Co. as a farm equiqment sales trainee and assigned to a dearlership in Sidney, NE. In 1962 he moved to the store in Kimball, NE and then became a partner at Keller Truck and Implement Corp. in Lafayette. In 1970, Keller Truck and Implement merged with Mountain Truck and Equipment. Ken retired in 2001.

Ken and Ruth raised their family in Lafayette and were active in the United Methodist Church, Lions Club and Meals on Wheels. After Ruth died in 2001, Ken delivered equipment part-time, kept active with Silver Sneakers, fished at Marshal Lake and volunteered with the Lafayette Senior Center. He was fortunate to meet Ruth McCarty, who had moved to Lafayette from Chicago, and they married in 2004. They remained in Lafayette and enjoyed traveling, family gatherings and other activities until Ken's death.

Ken is survived by his wife, Ruth McCarty Anderson; his daughters Peggy Hofstra (Albert) of Lakewood, CO, Jane Colby (Steve) of Oak Creek, CO, Elizabeth Anderson (Rich) of Encinitas, CA, Sue Russell (Dusty) of Arvada, CO; step-daughters Karen Mika of Superior, CO, Linda Smith of Illinois; and grandchildren Tess and Ben Hofstra; Alex Colby; Chesney, Josh and Aaron Macdonald; Lacey and Travis Russell; Amanda and Melissa Mika; and Rachel, Robin, and Becky Smith

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