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Published May 19, 2013, 12:00 AM

Albin "Andy" Anderson

Albin W. Anderson of Fargo, North Dakota, died peacefully in his home Wednesday. He was 77 years old.

He was born July 11, 1935, to Albin S. and Helen G. Anderson. His parents were the Burleigh County nurse and engineer, respectively. It was a second marriage for the widow Helen Gill and a first for bachelor Albin S. Anderson. Andy, as he was called, grew up in Bismarck. He set records for truancy in his freshman year of high school, accidently running into the principal when he dropped in for the first time to hear Christmas music in December.

Albin "Andy" Anderson

Albin W. Anderson of Fargo, North Dakota, died peacefully in his home Wednesday. He was 77 years old.

He was born July 11, 1935, to Albin S. and Helen G. Anderson. His parents were the Burleigh County nurse and engineer, respectively. It was a second marriage for the widow Helen Gill and a first for bachelor Albin S. Anderson. Andy, as he was called, grew up in Bismarck. He set records for truancy in his freshman year of high school, accidently running into the principal when he dropped in for the first time to hear Christmas music in December.

To the surprise of his classmates, he graduated from Bismarck High School in 1953. Following high school, he worked on the railroad for a year in order to buy his first rifle. He joined the Navy and was honorably discharged as a Sonarman First Class in 1958. He returned to North Dakota and attended Bismarck Junior College, Montana State University (Bozeman), and North Dakota State University, graduating in 1961 with a major in Entomology.

In January 1962 he married Beth C. Evanson, also from Bismarck. He earned an M.S. in Zoology from Washington State University in 1964 and a Ph. D. from Iowa State University in 1969. He joined the Department of Entomology at NDSU in the Spring of 1969, where he worked until his retirement in 1996. He spent the majority of his career working with sugar beet growers throughout the Red River Valley. He supervised the doctoral studies of many graduate students in Entomology.

Andy was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting. After his son was born in 1972, Andy was much more likely to do his hunting with a camera rather than a gun. He became an avid fisherman and was a long-time member of Muskies, Inc., practicing catch-and-release when he fished each summer at Leech Lake. Andy also enjoyed camping, taking his son Seth plus a potty chair camping in the Badlands when Seth was two-and-a-half years old.

Through his son Seth, he was involved with the Fargo Flyers and the Boy Scouts of America. Later in life he lavished attention on his grandsons, Kenan and Caleb, and his daughter-in-law, Kirsta Berg Anderson, whom he cherished with all his heart. He enjoyed their visits immensely, and later used technology to keep in touch through Skype conversations.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his older sister Janice. He is survived by his brother, Jim Anderson (wife Ardene), of Hoyt Lakes, MN; his sister, Kay McDonald (husband Adrian), of Bismarck; brother-in-law Bruce Evanson (wife Barb), of Bismarck; sister-in-law Kay Lang (husband Wayne) of Rapid City, SD; his son Seth and former wife Beth, both of Fargo; his grandsons Caleb and Kenan, with their mother Kirsta, of Kelso, WA.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 21, from 5-7 at the Boulger Funeral Home. A memorial service celebrating his life will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the funeral home with burial at Riverside Cemetery following the service.

To view a compete obituary and to sign the online guest book, please visit our website at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com

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