GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                 Wednesday, January 19, 2005

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            Archie Anderson

    HAVRE - Archie Anderson, 84, an Army veteran who operated Archie's Auto Body Repair until retiring in the early 1990s, died Monday at a Chinook nursing home.

    Graveside services with military honors are 1 p.m. Friday at Highland Cemetery in Havre. Holland and Bonine Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

    Survivors include a daughter, Paula Reynolds of Havre; a son, Allen Anderson of Burbank, Calif.; a sister, Laverna Moore of Portland, Ore.; a brother, Anthony Anderson of Las Vegas; four granddaughters and five great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Anderson; an infant son, Lester Anderson; and son Raymond Anderson.

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                 Wednesday, January 19, 2005

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ARCHIE ANDERSON


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    CHINOOK - Archie Anderson, 84, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home in Chinook.

    A graveside service and burial with full military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Highland Cemetery in Havre with the Rev. Rowlie Hutton officiating.

    Archie Anderson was born in Wishek' N.D.' on March 9, 1920, to Anthony (Anton) Anderson, whose family came from Norway, and Emma Pudwill, whose parents emigrated from Danzig, Russia. Archie grew up with five siblings. The family didn't make much money, so the children learned to work at an early age.

    The family later moved to Chinook, where they had a small farm and their father also herded sheep. When Archie and his brothers and sisters were in school, they were boarded out to people in town in order to attend school. Otherwise it would have been too hard to travel to town to go to school on a regular basis.

    Archie worked for about six years as a truck driver. For about one year he operated his own contract hauling business, hauling heavy freight, including houses, both locally and long distances. He hauled iron from Montana to California, and produce on the return trip to the Hi-Line. Archie also worked as a bartender in Chinook.

    He enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 18, 1942, and was honorably discharged in 1946. Archie served in Ireland, England, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, and Germany.

    Archie came back to Chinook and learned the refrigeration business. He met Helen Chagnon from Havre, and on Feb. 19, 1950, they were married in the St. Jude's Catholic Church in Havre.

    Archie went to work at Angstman Motor in Havre as an auto body repairman. Archie bought the old Bob's Drive Inn in Havre and together with Helen started Archie's Auto Body Repair. He retired in the early 1990s.

    In his retirement years, he was able to devote the majority of his time to his first loves - fishing and hunting. Archie would not just go fishing for a few hours. He often would leave between midnight and 6 a.m. on Thursday and not return home until late Sunday night. Archie had a million hunting and fishing stories, and loved to tell them to anyone that would listen. He once said that if he had an apple and a candy bar in his pocket, that's all he'd need to survive in the mountains.

    Archie handcrafted many things, from birdhouses to ice houses to wood stoves. He also devoted much time to yet another passion, gardening. Archie especially enjoyed little children. He loved to teach them things and tell them stories.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; an infant son, Lester, and another son, Raymond of Havre; sisters, Louella Fitzgerald of Portland, Ore., Thelma Hellem of Kalispell; and brother, Chester, of Glasgow.

    He is survived by a daughter, Paula Reynolds of Havre; son, Allen, of Burbank, Calif.; sister, Laverna Moore of Portland, Ore.; brother, Anthony, of Las Vegas; four granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

    Memorials may be made to the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home of Chinook.

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                  Wednesday, January 19, 2005

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Archie Anderson

    Archie Anderson, 84, died Monday January 17, 2005 at the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home in Chinook, Montana. The viewing will be at Holland and Bonine Funeral Home in Havre on Thursday evening from 5:0O to 7:00 p.m. A graveside service and burial with full mili­tary honors will be held 1 p.m. Friday, January 21, 2005 at the Highland Cemetery in Havre with Pastor Rowlie Hutton offi­ciating.

    Archie Anderson was born in Wishek, North Dakota March 91h of 1920, to Anthony (Anton) Anderson, whose family came from Norway and Emma Pudwill whose parents emigrated from Danzig, Russia. Archie grew up with 5 siblings: with their fam­ily not making much money the children learned to work at an early age. The family later moved to Chinook, Montana, where they had a small farm and their father also herded sheep. When Archie and his brothers and sis­ters were in school, they were boarded out to people in town in order to attend school otherwise it would have been too hard to travel to town to go to school on a regular basis.

    Archie worked for about 6 years as a truck driver. For about I year he operated his own con­tract hauling business, hauling heavy freight, including houses, both locally, and long distances. He hauled iron from Montana to California, and produce on the return trip to the Hi-Line. Archie also worked as a bartender in Chinook. On March l8h of 1942 he enlisted in the Army and he was honorably discharged on April 27. 1946 at the Percy Jones Hospital in Fort Custer, Michigan. During his time in the Army. Archie served in Ire­land. England. France, Belgium. Luxemburg. and Germany wijh the 107th Evacuation Hospital as a truck driver. Archie also served. during his stay in the Army as a Personnel Clerk in charge of the civilian personnel with the 107th Evacuation Hospital. He assigned and supervised the work of 50 to 150 civilians and prisoners of war.

    After the war Archie came hack to Chinook and learned the refrigeration business. He met Helen Chagnon from Havre, and on February 19. 1950 they were married in the Saint Jude’s Catholic Church in Havre.

    Archie went to work at Angstman Motor in Havre as an auto body repairman. In the mid 1960’s. he bought the old Bobs Drive Inn in Havre and together with Helen started Archie’s Auto Body Repair. He retired in the early 1990’s.

    Then came the best part of Archie’s life, his retirement years. He was able to devote the majority of his time to his first loves: fishing and hunting. He did love to trap. but had given that up as the fur market was not as profitable as it was years ago. In his younger days Archie would trap local fox, coyote. and bob­cat. He would take meticulous care with the caring for his traps as to make sure there was no hu­man scent on them. Archie would shovel prairie dirt complete with sagebrush on the floorboards of his pickup truck so he could mask his scent. Archie was an avid fisherman and would travel long distances to fish; his favor­ite haunts were Faber Reservoir Tiber Dam, Mission Lake, and Duck Lake. Archie would not just go fishing for a few hours but it was common to leave between midnight and 6 am on Thursday and not return home until late Sunday night, way after dark. Hunting big game was a big deal with Archie, and then bird season would arrive in the fall. Archie and his buddy woud go spotting early mornings and evenings; this would allow them the choice­st bird hunting areas until the season was over. Archie had a million hunting and fishing sto­ries, and loved to tell them to anyone that would listen. He said once, if he had an apple and a candy bar in his pocket, that’s all he’d need to survive in the Archie built a ranch style home; it took 5 years doing a little work as he had time and money for. Archie was quite a craftsman; he could do everything from concrete work. building walls, sheet rocking to plumbing and electrical. Archie handcrafted many things. from birdhouses. to ice houses, to wood stoves. Somewhere in his busy schedule he was able to devote much time to yet another one of his passions, gardening. Archie especially enjoyed little children, he loved to teach them things and tell them stories.

    Archic has come full circle in his life to come back to the community of his curly youth. as we visited him in the past. though sometimes he was unable to verbalize, we were able to see the twinkle in his eye and the smile on his face, a trademark of the father and grandfather we will remember so fondly.

    Archie Anderson passed away at 3:15 A.M. on Monday, January 17, 2005 in the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home of Chinook, Montana, after a month long struggle. We will miss him dearly everyday, but will not shed too many tears, as we know he is already “Gone Fishin” in heaven, and Helen will be so excited to help clean them.

    His wife Helen Anderson, his infant son Lester Anderson. and son Raymond Anderson of Havre. sisters. Louella Fitzgerald of Portland OR, Thelma Hellem of Kalispell and brother Chester Anderson of Glasgow preceded Archie in death.

    He is survived by his daugh­ter Paula Reynolds; son Allen Anderson of Burbank, CA; sister Laverna Moore of Port­land, OR; brother Anthony An­derson of Las Vegas. NV; four granddaughters. Tylyn Carmean, Victoria Reynolds and Kelly Bohl of Havre; and Lita Moog of Chester, five great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

    Memorials may be made to the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home of Chinook.

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