Kevin W. Anderson, age 50, passed away Friday, December 9, 2011. Funeral service will begin at 10:30 AM Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at Grace Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls. A visitation will begin at 2:00 PM on Tuesday at George Boom Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Kevin Wayne Anderson was born on January 11, 1961 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Kenneth and Pearl Anderson. He grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from Lincoln High School, class of 1979. As a young boy, Kevin participated in Boy Scouts and at the age of 16, was proud to receive the highest honor in Scouting, the Eagle Scout Award.
After high school, Kevin began his college career at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, but after one year of course work enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Kevin was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1980 to 1984 and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. He then returned to Sioux Falls to complete his Computer Science degree and graduate from Augustana College. Upon his return to Augustana, Kevin met the love of his life, Cindy Bell. The two were united in marriage on June 25, 1988 in Worland, Wyoming.
Kevin had worked for the Sioux Falls School District since June of 1988. Over the years, he worked his way up to become a Programmer Analyst. He made many friends and met many special people through his work with the school district. Kevin was always willing to lend a helpful hand; he was never able to say, “no”.
One of Kevin’s proudest moments was becoming Ethan’s father. Kevin always commented that he received the best birthday present a father could ask for, the honor of holding Ethan on his own birthday. Kevin was an amazing father. He and Ethan had a bond that only a father and son could share.
Four years ago, Kevin was introduced to FIRST Lego League; a program developed to inspire students through science and technology. He became a passionate Lego League advocate and encouraged his co-workers, fellow church members, and friends to get involved. Kevin, along with his colleague and friend, Dan Swets formed the first Lego League teams in South Dakota at Patrick Henry Middle School. Since then, it has grown into a state wide program. Kevin was not only a mentor to many young students through Lego League, but also through youth programs at Grace Lutheran Church. He was a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran and enjoyed teaching 5th grade Sunday School and mentoring confirmation students. Kevin served on many committees at Grace Lutheran and was looking forward to attending the National Youth Gathering with his son next summer. Kevin was also a mentor within the Sioux Falls School District for the past 5 years. He was a member of Toastmasters and currently was serving as treasurer. He was known as being a master of “Table Topics.”
Kevin was an amazing husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. He touched many lives not only through his work with local youth, but also through the way he lived his life. He was a faithful man who loved his church and family and an inspiration to all who knew him.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 23 years, Cindy; son, Ethan; parents, Kenneth and Pearl Anderson, Sioux Falls; sister, Pam (Erik) Stegman, Plymouth, MN; brother, Kurt (Jody) Anderson, Bloomington, IL; and many nieces, nephews, dear friends and family.
Kevin was preceded in death by his infant brother, Scott Anderson and his grandparents.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Ethan Anderson College Fund.
FactsBorn: January 11, 1961
Death: December 9, 2011
Family Present Visitation
December 13, 2011, 5:00 PM
- 8:00 PM
George Boom Funeral Home
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December 14, 2011, 10:30 AM
Grace Lutheran Church
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