Longtime Kenai resident LaVern "Butch" Anderson died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 76.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at New Life Assembly of God Church in Kenai. Pastor Steve Brown will officiate.
Burial will follow the funeral service at Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof. Pallbearers will be Jimmy, Randy, Steven, Shane, Robert and Jeff Anderson.
Mr. Anderson was born Dec. 14, 1925, in Noonan, N.D. He graduated from Columbus High School in Columbus, N.D. He moved to Alaska in 1967 to live in Kenai. He worked as a platform maintenance supervisor for Amoco Production Co. until he retired in 1990.
He was an avid golf player and fan of the game.
"Butch always left a lasting mark on those he came in contact with. All those who had the pleasure of knowing him were better people because of it. He will always be remembered for his kind smile, thoughtful words and humorous anecdotes. Butch never met a stranger," his family said.
"Butch had boundless energy and enthusiasm, and he shared both. He was what we all strive to be -- honest, decent, hardworking, committed, dedicated, straight-forward, positive, honorable and a one-of-a-kind gentleman. He will be missed by his family and many friends."
Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Virginia; son, Kim; and grandson, Carey David.
He is survived by daughters, Sharrell, Kathy, Shari, Tamara and Teresa; sons, Jimmy, Randy, Shane, Steven and Robert; 31 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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