Richard “Dick” K. Anderson died 20 Sep 16, at his home in rural Kimballton, IA. He had reached the age of 83 years, 10 months, and 19 days.
Richard “Dick” Kenneth Anderson, son of Kenneth W. and Betty S. (Booth) Anderson, was born on 1 Nov 32, in Omaha, NE. He attended Omaha schools and was graduated from Omaha North High School in 1950. Dick enlisted in the Army National Guard and eventually entered the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean Conflict. He was trained in fixed-wing aviation, attended officer candidate school, and later took helicopter training. On 15 Jun 60, Dick married Mary Ann Henriksen at Fort Sam Houston, TX. Dick served two tours of duty as a medical evacuation pilot with the Medical Service Corps in Vietnam, using the call sign “Dustoff”. Dick was the copilot with Charles Kelly the day he was killed. Dick proudly served his country for a total of 27 years and attained a final rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Following his retirement from active service, Dick farmed and then worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 15 years. He then stayed active by working at local gas stations, where he enjoyed visiting with people.
Dick was a member of Elk Horn Lutheran Church. He was an avid singer, and was a member of the church choir and Western Iowa Arts Association. A member of the American Legion Post #322, Elk Horn, Iowa, and the Harry Albertsen AMVETS in Kimballton, IA, Dick honored the American flag and promoted patriotism to area youth.