Ivan "Ike" Anderson, 1914-2005


Former Steamboat Springs resident Ivan "Ike" Anderson died Dec. 21, 2005, in Brush. He was 91.

Ivan was born May 5, 1914, in Northboro, Iowa, to Arthur F. Anderson and Alice M. Woodle.

When Ivan was 5 years old, his family moved to Sterling and then to the Merino area. He graduated from Merino High School in 1930.

Ivan married Bernice Tenney on Feb. 14, 1935, in Sterling. They moved to Steamboat Springs in 1949 and back to Merino in 1964.

Ivan was a longtime farmer and rancher and was a licensed hunting guide for big game in Colorado.

Ivan was a member of the Merino United Methodist Church, the Cutting Horse Association in Steamboat, Appaloosa Horse Association and had a horse inducted into the inaugural Appaloosa Hall of Fame. He was member of the Colorado Cattleman's Association with the brand Lazy SJ Bar. He was a former member of the Odd Fellows and the Merino Lions Club.

He is preceded in death by four brothers; one sister; daughter, Karen Mathews; three grandsons; and twin great-granddaughters.

He is survived by his wife, Bernice Anderson of Merino; daughters, Jean Phelps and her husband Roger of Louden, Tenn., Kay Laybourn of Denver, Peggy Medina and her husband Andy of Grand Junction, Pat Elliott and her husband Jon of Hurricane, Utah, and Judy Petersen and her husband Terry of Severance; sons, Bob Anderson and his wife Julie of Arvada, and Bill Anderson and his wife Diana of Merino; sisters, June Stava of Omaha, Neb., and Effie Beredstiner of Farragut, Iowa; brother, Tom Anderson and his wife Betty of Edgar, Mont.; 19 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Eben Ezer Care Center at 122 Hospital Road, Brush, CO 80723. Memorial services will be held Dec. 27, 2005, at the Merino High School.


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