July 24, 1924 – Aug. 22, 2014
D Vincent Anderson, 90, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at New Horizons Care Center in Lovell. D was born July 24, 1924, in Cowley. He was the son of John Franklin and Nancy Elizabeth Hill Anderson.
D was educated in the Cowley school system and at the elbow of his dad as he helped work the farm. D worked at many different jobs earning the respect of those for whom he worked. He worked as a “cowboy” and ranch hand for Jessie Tebbs of Cowley, running cattle on the Pryor and the Big Horn mountains, as well as other ranch work.
He worked as a Caterpillar operator doing everything from putting in reservoirs on the Pryor Mountain to making roads to Deer Creek on the Big Horn and roads and bridges in Star Valley. He was also a truck driver for “Cow” Mortenson of Lovell, but finally ended up working as a pumper for Mule Creek Oil Company in Byron.
When Mule Creek sold out to Cardinal Oil Company, who promised D a job in Colorado, he chose to stay in Lovell. D applied for work at Marathon and was hired and continued to work for Marathon Oil Company at the Byron field until his retirement.
D enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors. He loved to be on the mountains and traveled both the Pryor and Big Horn mountains equally when he was younger. When he had his family, he preferred the Big Horn where camping, hunting and fishing were the things he enjoyed doing the most. He was an excellent trout fisherman and was all too willing to share that talent with his children.
Because of his love for the mountains his children not only grew up loving them as well, but he taught them to respect the mountains and to take care of them. When camping his motto was: “Always leave your campsite better then what you found it!” He loved to hunt and was outstanding, especially when it came to deer and antelope. The family always had venison in the freezer.
He was an all-around handyman. There was not a vehicle engine that he couldn’t repair, a structure he couldn’t build or a leaky pipe that he could not fix. He was an exceptional storyteller. He would tell stories of his rides on the mountains as a cowboy, his days as a “cat-skinner” on his Caterpillar, stories about ancestors and their accomplishments, as well as others. Listening to his stories was a favorite thing for his children while they were growing up.
His ability to grow a vegetable garden was second to none. Each year he would have armfuls of produce for family and friends. His corn was always enviable. It was always “as high as an elephant’s eye.” He had common sense, a velvet heart and hands of steel.
D’s mother, father and all five of his brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
D is survived by his wife, Dorcus Ramona (Lindsay) Anderson, of Lovell; his six children starting with the eldest – Richard D Anderson (Patti) of Casper, Vicki Jean Scott (Keith) of Las Vegas, Jerald L. Anderson (Terri) and Daniel L. Anderson (Meg), both of Lovell, Kelli Jo Nelson (Mike) of Castledale, Utah, and Paul L. Anderson of Taylorsville, Utah; 30 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. at the Lovell LDS Stake Center. Burial was in the Lovell Cemetery. Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.haskellfuneralhome.com.
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