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LaRaye E. Andersen

Rev. David Wildermuth
Pianist ~ Marilyn Nyburg
Congregational Hymns
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
“In the Garden”
“I Love to Tell the Story”
“How Great Thou Art”
LaRaye Edward Andersen was born on Tuesday, January 21, 1936 to Raymond A. and Verna E. (Madsen) Andersen in Irene, South Dakota. He graduated from Irene High School in 1954. From 1954 to 1956, LaRaye served his country in the U.S. Army. Following his discharge, he went on to attend two years at Nettleton Commercial College. On November 19, 1960, LaRaye was united in marriage to Norma J. Pudwill at the First Presbyterian Church in Avon. Through the years, LaRaye worked at Sioux Steel Co. in Sioux Falls, Midland National Insurance Co. in Watertown, Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance in Minneapolis, MN, Dennis Aune Trucking in Irene, and Alumax Extrusions in Yankton. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and of many organizations in Yankton including the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, and Yankton Senior Center. LaRaye enjoyed collecting caps, and had one for nearly every occasion. He also loved college basketball, especially the Duke, North Carolina, and Kansas teams.
LaRaye passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Avera-Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton having attained the age of 79 years, 1 month, and 8 days.
He is survived and remembered by his wife of 54 years, Norma Andersen of Yankton; children: Troy Andersen of Kansas City, MO and Jon (Heidi) Andersen of Yankton; granddaughters: Emily Andersen of Denver, CO and Ellen Andersen of Yankton; brother Vernal (Pat) Andersen of Sioux Falls; sisters: Vyonne Bak of Helena, MT and Roslyn Bainbridge of Sioux Falls; mother-in-law Hattie Pudwill of Yankton; brother-in-law Terry (Nancy) Pudwill of Evergreen, CO; five nephews; one niece; and several cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Verna Andersen, father-in-law Elmer Pudwill, and brother-in-law Bar Bainbridge.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Organ Fund or a charity of your choice.

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Our sympathy and prayers are for all of the Family. We pray good memories can sustain you.

LaValle and Pat Madsen Mar 6 2015 6:42 AM

Thinking of you Norma, may the wonderful memories bring comfort to you during your difficult days.

Peg & Dick Behl Mar 3 2015 9:27 PM

So sorry to hear of your families loss my thoughts and prayers with you.

Darrell Mahoney Mar 3 2015 4:48 PM

I will hold the family in my thoughts and prayers as you go through today, tomorrow and the weeks to come.

Marilyn Broussard Mar 3 2015 12:51 PM

Norma and Family, So sorry to hear about LaRaye. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I will never forget working with him at Alcoa. He truly loved driving truck.

Mary Hladky Mar 3 2015 11:36 AM

Norma and family, I worked with LaRaye at Alumax when he was a truck driver, I always enjoyed visiting with him. My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

Marella Miedema Mar 3 2015 11:34 AM

Norma and family -- Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss. I was so shocked when I heard about this. You are in my heart and thoughts through this very difficult sad time. May God Bless All Of You!!!

Brian Hoff Mar 2 2015 6:58 PM

Norma and family, We are sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers now and for the days to come.

Kathy and Ron Woodward Mar 2 2015 10:43 AM