Alton Anderson

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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 6:32 am

Alton Allen Anderson, age 77, was born Sept. 17, 1941 and died due to a farm accident on July 12, 2019. 

He was the third of four children born to Clarence and Opal (Smith) Anderson of Clifford, N.D. He attended elementary and high school in Clifford, where he was one of the 1959 graduating class of seven. Sports, music and attendance of Norman Lutheran Church were prominent in his upbringing.

Alton married Shelia Woell of Clifford (1960-1982), while living in rural Clifford and McHenry, N.D., raising five children. 

In the early 1980s, he was married to Maureen Brown. Later he met and was married to Marilyn Hanson (1991-2017) until her death.

Over the years, in addition to farming and ranching, he also worked running heavy equipment and driving semi-truck. 

He helped create livestock water holes as a dragline operator, drove semi-truck hauling grain, and he retired after 23 years of service from the Traill County Highway Department.  

He also owned and operated his own business, doing road maintenance and backhoe work during much of this time in and around the Clifford area.

Much of his life surrounded his love of animals and farming. His family raised dairy and beef cattle, as well as having horses to ride or work as a pulling team. 

Later while raising his own family, there were assorted fowl, pigs, cows, and horses. He leaves behind a small herd that continued to be his pride and joy while providing beef to his friends and family.

Alton was a past member of 4-H, the Clifford Volunteer Fire Department, the Norman Lutheran Church Council and was currently on the board for the Luther Memorial Home. He served in the National Guard in the early 1960s, and was an active member of the Galesburg American Legion Post No. 210.

Alton is survived by children: Susan (Noel) Tharalson, Clark (Caroline) Anderson, Peggy (John) Bozich, Eric (KrissAnn) Anderson and Adam Anderson; grandchildren: Rachel (Evan) Workin, Paul Tharalson, Cassandra (Jay) Swanson, Cole Anderson, Cheyenne Anderson, Sabrina Bozich, Colton Bozich, Amy Anderson, Clay Anderson and Wyatt Anderson; great grandsons: who are twins, Jeremiah and Jamieson Swanson. Alton’s surviving siblings are Elizabeth Porter, Joan (John) Smith, Patty (Mike) Elliott; as well as nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law: William Porter, and wife: Marilyn Anderson.

The family would like to thank the emergency response members of West Traill Ambulance, Portland Fire Department, Traill County Sheriff’s Department, N.D. Highway Patrol and many friends and family during this unexpected time of loss. Words alone cannot convey our feelings of gratitude and love.

Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. public prayer service Wednesday, July 17 at the Baker Funeral Home Chapel in Mayville, N.D. and resumed one hour prior to the service at the church.

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18 at Norman Lutheran Church in Clifford. 

Military honors provided Galesburg American Legion Post 210 and the May-Port Honor Guard. 

Burial was in the Norman Cemetery in Clifford. 

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Arrangements by Baker Funeral Home, Mayville.

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