Alan Philip Anderson, age 62, passed away peacefully in his home on August 8, 2023, from esophageal cancer. He was born on July 19, 1961, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Alan was a loving husband, son, brother, and friend whose warm presence will forever be missed.
Alan had an adventurous spirit that led him down various paths throughout his life. After graduating from Windom Area High School in the Class of 1979, he furthered his education at Alexandria Vocational Technical College and graduated in 1981. Following his studies, Alan dedicated four years of service to the United States Air Force. Stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, he bravely served his country and even spent time in Turkey and Germany performing meteorology duties.
Upon completing his military service, Alan settled in Leadville, CO. It was there that he found joy working at ski resorts grooming trails and embracing the beauty of the outdoors. However, he eventually returned to his hometown of Windom, MN. In Windom, Alan worked diligently for several establishments including Toro and Big Game Treestands. He also managed the Pizza Barn for several years, charming customers with his friendly demeanor and efficient management skills.
Alan’s dedication to community service extended beyond the realm of work as well. He spent valuable years as a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service in Windom and Osakis, MN. Through this role, he became a familiar face to many residents as he faithfully delivered their mail with utmost care and efficiency.
Outside of work, Alan’s passions were equally diverse. He had a deep love for deer hunting with his good friend Wayne Jeffrey and spent countless hours immersed in the beauty of nature while pursuing this longtime hobby. Fishing was another activity that brought him great pleasure and peace of mind. It was during these moments on the water that Alan found solace and quiet reflection.
One aspect of Alan’s vibrant personality was his exceptional winemaking skills. He cherished the process of creating wine and took great pride in sharing his creations with family and friends. His homemade wines were often enjoyed during special gatherings, adding an extra touch of warmth and camaraderie to the occasion.
Alan’s responsible nature was unwavering, evident in his consistent dedication to his work commitments and his steadfast patriotism. He held a deep respect for his country and believed in the importance of serving others. Alan’s love for his nation was admirable, and he embodied the qualities of a true patriot.
In his free time, Alan enjoyed spending quality time with loved ones, fostering meaningful connections that would last a lifetime. He especially cherished the company of his dear wife, Daiana Gomes, whom he married in December 2022. Their bond was built on love, shared values, and a mutual appreciation for life’s simple pleasures.
Alan’s memory will be forever cherished by those who survive him. He is survived by his devoted wife, Daiana Anderson of Osakis; loving parents Philip and Mary (Hartzell) Anderson of Windom; caring siblings, Angela (Bob) Bergendahl of Sioux City, IA, Janet (Lee) Lensegrav of Sioux Falls, SD, Robert (Jill) Anderson of Sioux Falls, SD, Paul Anderson of Jefferson, SD, Christopher (Dana) Anderson of Windom, MN. Additionally, he leaves behind six nieces and nephews, as well as several aunts and uncles.
A visitation to honor Alan’s life was held on Friday, August 11, 2023, at Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis, MN, and on Sunday, August 13th at the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. A graveside service was held on August 14th at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom, with military honors.
Alan will be remembered as a remarkable individual whose dedication, kindness, and adventurous spirit touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him. His memory will continue to inspire and guide us as we navigate life’s unpredictable journey. May his soul rest in eternal peace.