Barry J Anderson

Born: Wed., Apr. 19, 1944
Died: Tue., Mar. 14, 2017


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 18, 2017
Location: St. John's Lutheran Church

Memorial Service

6:00 PM Sat., Mar. 18, 2017
Location: St. John's Lutheran Church

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Barry Anderson, age 72, of Spring Valley, WI. died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at his home in Gilman Township.

Visitation will be on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 2-6 p.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, WI.

Memorial service for Barry will be Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 6 p.m. following visitation at St John’s.

Burial will be at a later date in St John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley.

Barry was born April 19, 1944 to Andrew and Gertrude (Rood) Anderson in Los Angeles, California. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, WI. After graduating with the Spring Valley Class of 1962, he worked and attended college in the Twin Cities. He also served in the US Navy and Naval Reserve for 6 years. Upon his father’s death in 1969, Barry returned home to run the family farm. The Anderson Farm is a Certified Century Farm.  On June 13, 1970, he married Mary Catherine O’Connell at St. Mary’s in Hammond, WI.

Barry was a true farmer, an inventive problem-solver, and his life was devoted to caring for his family, the land and animals. He enjoyed drinking coffee with his friends, reading the paper, exploring the Western Wisconsin region and beyond, and then drinking more coffee with friends.

Preceded in death by his parents; grandson Thorn Anderson; brother-in-law Louis ‘Tom’ Anderson, and son-in-law Matthew Marvel.  

Survived by his wife Mary; children; Matthew Anderson of Madison; Shannon (Ik) Enorense of Aurora, Illinois; Kimberly (Slim Evans) Anderson of Los Angeles, California; Wyatt (Katie) Anderson of Spring Valley; and Ivy (Ben) Gocker of Tupper Lake, New York; grandchildren: Nosa and Esohe Enorense; Ian Hakes and Finnley Anderson; siblings: Larry (Kate) Anderson, Barbara Anderson, Craig (Sandy) Anderson, Renee (Gary) Larson, and Gail (Dan) Anderson, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Honorary bearers: Gene Geiger, Garland Fregine, Bob Freiberg, Curt Ronnander, Paul Anderson and Wayne Hojem.

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Bridgette J. Preston
   Posted Tue March 14, 2017
Dear Mary Catherine and family:

Tom and I are holding you in our thoughts and hope your wonderful memories of Gentleman farmer Barry will sustain you in the days ahead. I'm reminded of the beautiful song by Sting about the west wind moving upon the fields of golden barley where the farmer walks. I know Barry was connected deeply to the land where he spent his life and was a dedicated steward of the land. When Mom and I visited several months ago, I loved hearing his story of the mountain lion that visited the farm.

With love and remembrance.
Bridgette & Tom Preston

Ann Klein
   Posted Tue March 14, 2017
Dear Aunt Mary Catherine and Cousins,

So sorry to hear of Barry's passing. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. I regret we won't be able to attend the service, but will light a candle in church in his memory. God's Blessing. Ann Marie

Patsy Bevers
   Posted Tue March 14, 2017
Dear Aunt Mary Catherine and family, sending you our deepest sympathy at the passing of Uncle Barry. He was a very special person. Roger always enjoyed visiting with him. We are in Arizona so unfortunately will not be able to attend the celebration of a life well lived.
You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Peace to you all. Patsy and Roger

Dawn Schlosser
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
Mary and family. Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Barry he was a great man and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers to you all. Steve and Dawn Schlosser.

Dan Powell
   Posted Thu March 16, 2017
I would like to send my condolences to the Anderson family, Barry was a great man!! I remember coming out to the farm and playing on the farm with my long time friend Wyatt. You guys are in thoughts and prayers.

Elizabeth Kinney
   Posted Thu March 16, 2017
Soft-spoken, greeting you with a subtle nod of the head and a warm, pleasant smile. Uncle Barry. All the best to him and to the whole family.

Betsy, Liliana, Ruben and Franco

Brian Zignego
   Posted Fri March 17, 2017
Dear Mary, Matt, Shannon, Kim, Wyatt and Ivy & family,

I was so sorry to hear of your loss from my Mom. I can't think of home without memories of you all. I hope happy memories of times at home bring you some peace during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Kathy & Bob Geraets
   Posted Sat March 18, 2017
Mary and family sorry for your loss, you are in our prayers Kathy & Bob

Steve Halverson and Mary
   Posted Sat March 18, 2017
Dear Mary and Family:
We regret that we could not be with you today. We wish to express our most sincere sympathy. Your loss is great. Steve has many fond memories of Barry and their conversations at the farm. He was a very lovely and kind person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
All our love, Steve and Mary

Jayne (Wikstrom) Nelson
   Posted Sun March 19, 2017
Mary and family, So sorry to hear about Barry, our condolences and prayers of comfort to you and your family. Love always, Jayne & John Nelson

   Posted Sun April 23, 2017
Dear Mary and family, we regret that Andrea and I could not be there in person to express our sympathy. Though we are far away, know that our prayers are with you and your family.
Someone said: One true friend is worth more than many relatives, and Barry was that to me "a true friend"
Andrea & Ernesto
Boynton Beach, Florida

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