Dennis F. Anderson, age 58, of East Berlin, Pennsylvania and formerly of Richland Center, passed away from a tragic accident at his home on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
He was the husband of Theresa (Cox) Anderson, his wife of 31 years.
Dennis was born on November 1, 1955 in Richland Center, the son of Darwyn D. and Wanda E. (Turner) Anderson, the second of five children.
Dennis grew up on a small dairy farm and experienced all the chores and work that go with it. Initially aspiring to be a mechanic, his true passion was aviation and he opted for a stint in the United States Air Force. Upon completion of his service, which included a tour in Korea, he then settled in Las Vegas, NV. It was there that Dennis met the love of his life, Theresa Cox. Dennis and Theresa married on July 17, 1982 in Boise, ID.
In October of 1982 he joined the U.S. Army to become a Helicopter pilot. It was while he was in flight school at Fort Rucker, AL that Dennis and Theresa gave birth to their first son Todd. His first assignment was in Germany, where he flew OH-58Ds along the Czech border, learned of his love for German beer, and had his second son Scott. He then was stationed in Fort Carson, CO, where Theresa and he gave birth to their daughter Brianna. Dennis left the Army in 1990, but continued to pursue his passion for aviation. He flew tour planes over the Grand Canyon and helicopters for various companies before his family settled in Columbus, OH in 1994. His family lived in Columbus for the next 18 years before moving to East Berlin to assume the Chief Pilot position with Haverfield in Gettysburg. Dennis loved everything aviation, the Green Bay Packers, the Ohio State Buckeyes, the family boat, fishing (with what minimal skill he had), and enjoyed a love-hate relationship with the family dogs. At the end of the day, he loved nothing more than his family. His schedule kept him away from home for long stretches at a time, but he never failed to make his family the priority.
Dennis leaves behind a loving family: his wife Theresa, two sons: Todd Anderson of Columbus, OH, Scott Anderson of Blackwood, NJ, their daughter Brianna Anderson of Phoenix, AZ, his parents: Darwyn and Wanda Anderson of Richland Center, one brother Daniel Anderson of Richland Center, two sisters: Denise (Larry) Rudersdorf of Pulaski, WI, Doreen (Jason) Fehlauer of Watertown, WI, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends. Dennis was preceded in death by his sister Dianne Rudersdorf, his sister in law Diane Anderson and his beloved Uncle Earl Turner.
Funeral services in Pennsylvania will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Trinity Lutheran Church in East Berlin.
Funeral services in Richland Center, WI are pending. Burial will be in the Richland Center Cemetery with military rites provided by the local veterans military memorial honors unit.
The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting with local arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at prattfuneralservice.com