Harlan Dean Anderson, age 64, peacefully passed away at the Life Care Center in Friday Harbor on August 27, 2013, after a fifteen year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
On April 17th, 1949 in Hawley, Minnesota, Harlan was born to Russell and Lila Anderson. Harlan finished high school and moved to Florida to attend business school. He graduated from North Dakota Bankers Association in 1975, and found his first job at a bank in Casselton, North Dakota, before moving to Friday Harbor with his wife, Nina, in 1978. He worked for Key Bank from 1987-1992. The family moved from Friday Harbor before returning in 2002.
Harlan loved any sport played with a ball, but most especially softball. He played for Friday Harbor Mudsharks from 1987-1998, then later with co-ed and men’s teams in Bellingham and Brookings. He was a tremendous athlete. For three years in a row the Kiwanis Club beat the Lions Club baseball team when Harlan was playing.
A man with a heart for service, Harlan was active with Friday Harbor Kiwanis from 1987-1993. As Vice-President, he started the Key Club, and then served as President from 1989 – 1990.
He is survived by his mother Lila Anderson, Ulen, Minnesota; wife, Nina Anderson, Friday Harbor, Washington; Jason (Toni) Anderson, Moorhead, Minnesota; daughter, Jeanine (Brian) Peterson, El Paso, Texas; step-children Chris Hansford, Bellingham, Washington; Lori (Curt Wagner) Snodgrass, Friday Harbor, Washington; sister Shirley Anderson, Tower City, North Dakota; brother, Lonnie (Sue) Anderson, Ulen, Minnesota; and sister, Loayne (Robby) Voight, Mohal, North Dakota. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Russell Anderson.
Friday Harbor has lost a very generous and kind man. Harlan Anderson was a beloved husband, and father. He will be missed by his family and numerous special friends who loved him, including those who cared for him at the Life Care Center of Friday Harbor.
Services will be held Saturday, 31 August 2013 at 4 pm at the Presbyterian Church.