Martin Andersen Jr., 93, Woonsocket, SD died Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Thursday, March 21 at Spirit of Faith Lutheran-Methodist Church in Woonsocket. Burial with military honors will be in Eventide Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 am until the time of service on Thursday morning at the church. Arrangements are with the Bittner Funeral chapel in Mitchell.
Martin Andersen Jr. was born January 15, 1926 to Martin and Marie (Nielsen) Andersen on the Andersen family farm on the Pony Hills of Woonsocket. He joined his older brother, Stanley, and sister, Viona. He graduated Woonsocket High School in 1944 and later joined the Navy serving on the USS Osberg DE 538 during WWII. He returned to the farm and went on to do custom corn picking and electrical work, in addition to working the farm with his dad. On June 18, 1949, he married Marian Jensen in Storla, SD. When his parents retired and moved to Huron, they moved to the farm and continued farming operations. Through the years, along with crops, he raised cattle pigs, sheep, and even goats at one time. The farm was recently recognized as a South Dakota Century Farm. Martin was an active member of his community. He was a 73 year member of Post 29 American Legion of Woonsocket, a member of Post 5548 VFW of Wessington Springs, Bethany Lutheran Church, and Thrivent for Lutherans. Growing up he was an active 4-H member and later became a 4-H leader. His main interest in 4-H was conservation and as a project, he planted trees as wind breaks and wildlife habitat that still serve their purpose today. For over 30 years, he and Marian enjoyed hosting FFA Land and Range judging for high school students on their farm, for which they were honored by SDSU. Martin loved the land and was very knowledgeable about plants. He always enjoyed looking for the first pasque flower on the hills of his pasture each spring. Martin was an avid hunter and had many stories to share. He learned taxidermy to preserve his “trophies” and those of many others. Pheasant season was a very busy time and many mounted birds were shipped all over the United States.
He is survived by his wife, Marian, of 69 years, daughter Judy (Dan) Hinker, Woonsocket, son, Jim (Sheri) Andersen, Mitchell, two grandchildren, Luke (Stacy) Andersen, Clear Lake, Jennifer Hinker, Woonsocket and two great-granddaughters, Josie and Laycee Andersen, both of Clear Lake.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Stanley Andersen, sister Viona Feistner, and grandson, Joshua Hinker.