Howard Andersen

Howard Wallace Andersen

Monday, October 29th, 1928 - Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
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Howard Wallace Andersen, age 91, passed away at St. Joseph Hospital in Polson, MT on October 29, 2019.

Howard was born on October 29, 1928 in Grenora, ND to John and Rose Andersen. The family lived in Dagmar, MT where Howard attended Hiawatha School before moving to Bigfork, MT and then to Swan Lake. Eventually they moved to Polson where he worked as a farm hand for Betty and Al Seifert. It was on the farm where he met Joan Seifert and ended up selling his only saddle to buy a ring in order to propose and marry Joan. Howard and Joan had three children, Audrey, Mark, and Chris.

Howard worked hard all of his life starting as a farm hand in Polson followed by a mechanic at Tower and Robinsons, a logger for Claridge Logging, concrete worker for Polson Readi-Mix Concrete before starting his own business as a backhoe operator for Andersen’s Excavating. As a kid he loved animals especially horses, did a lot of hunting and recreational activities with his family. He was a member of the Sons of Norway, Masons, and the First Christian Church.

Howard is survived by daughter Audrey Andersen of Sedro Wooley, WA; son, Mark Andersen of Polson; daughter, Chris Bailey and grandsons Andy and Greg Bailey of Polson, along with numerous nieces and nephews, his companion dog Rocky, and many young children that adopted him as Grandpa Howard.

Howard was preceded in death by his wife Joan, his parents and brothers and sisters; Homer Andersen, June Rose, Leonora Stephens, and son in law Vern Bailey.

Howard spent much of his retirement helping others, playing cards and caring for his animals. His many kindnesses, especially to kids and animals were felt by so many and he will be truly missed.

Services for Howard will be held at The Lake Funeral Home on Tuesday November 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm with a graveside following immediately after at Lakeview Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Polson Senior Citizens Center following the graveside. Donations can be made in Howard's name to the Mission Valley Animal Shelter.
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  • Service

    Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 1:30pm
    The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory
    101 Sixth Avenue East
    Polson, MT 59860
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  • Interment

    Lake View Cemetery
    2000 Hillcrest Dr.
    Polson, MT 59860
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Connie Hodge

Posted at 02:53pm
Dear Audrey, Mark, Chris, and Family: I was so sad to hear of Howard's passing. He as such a wonderful man - you were
so fortunate to have him as a father and Grandfather! He was always so kind and fun to me; fondly remember all the
picnics in the summer. I share your sorrow. Love, Connie Hodge (Carol's daughter)

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