Harlan Dean Anderson, age 64, peacefully passed away at the Life Care Center in Friday Harbor on Aug. 27, 2013, after a 15-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
On April 17, 1949 in Hawley, Minn., Harlan was born to Russell and Lila Anderson.
Harlan finished high school and moved to Florida to attend business school. He graduated from North Dakota Bankers Association in 1975, and found his first job at a bank in Casselton, N. D., before moving to Friday Harbor with his wife, Nina, in 1978. He worked for Key Bank from 1987-1992. The family moved from Friday Harbor before returning in 2002.
Harlan loved any sport played with a ball, but most especially softball. He played for Friday Harbor Mudsharks from 1987-1998, then later with co-ed and men’s teams in Bellingham and Brookings.
A man with a heart for service, Harlan was active with Friday Harbor Kiwanis from 1987-1993, serving as president in 1992.
He is survived by his mother Lila Anderson, Ulen, Minn.; wife, Nina Anderson, Friday Harbor, Wash.; Jason (Toni) Anderson, Moorhead, Minn.; daughter, Jeanine (Brian) Peterson, El Paso, Texas; step-children Chris Hansford, Bellingham, Wash.; Lori (Curt Wagner) Snodgrass, Friday Harbor, Wash.; sister Shirley Anderson, Tower City, N. D.; brother, Lonnie (Sue) Anderson, Ulen, Minn.; and sister, Loayne (Robby) Voight, Mohal, N. D. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Russell Anderson.
Friday Harbor has lost a very generous and kind man. Harlan Anderson was a beloved husband, and father. He will be missed by his family and numerous special friends who loved him, including those who cared for him at the Life Care Center of Friday Harbor.
— Family of Harlan Anderson