Christopher Ren Anderson
November 16, 1962 - November 25, 2018
Christopher Ren Anderson, 56, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died unexpectedly at his home on November 25, 2018.
He was cremated. Military services will be held in the spring at the Osage City Cemetery.
Christopher was born November 16, 1962 in Osage, Iowa, the son of Paul and Carol (Christoffersen) Anderson, and grew up in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. In 1981 he graduated from Monona Grove High School. He received diplomas in Small Engine and Chassis Mechanics and Electrical Power Distribution, then an Associate Degree from the Community College of the Air Force in Transportation.
Christopher served four years in the US Army and twenty-five years in the Air Force National Guard, where his responsibilities included driving tractor-trailer rigs in Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Kyrgyzstan. In 2008 he received an Honorable Discharge, retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant.
In civilian life, Christopher worked from 1989-1995 as wire line support and semi-driver in Prudhoe Bay, for Alaska Petroleum. Returning to the lower forty-eight, he worked in Mason City for United Parcel Service in pre-sort and line haul driver between Minneapolis and Des Moines.
He moved to Sioux Falls in 2002, where he worked as an “over the road” driver until 2008, after which he drove a tanker for Howe Oil Company to scheduled delivery locations daily within a 250 mile radius. He was passionate about his work and proud of his perfect driving record.
Chris loved Sioux Falls and all the city had to offer. He had a passion for Turkish rugs and artifacts, nice restaurants, and often enjoyed a break at Queen City Bakery and Coffee Shop. He was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan, a thoughtful son and a supportive and generous brother.
He is survived by his parents, Paul and Carol Anderson of St. Ansgar, his siblings, Kari (Paul Witalison) of Jacksonport, Wisconsin; Lori (Mark Jungck) of LaCrosse, Wisconsin; and Jonathan of Evansville, Wisconsin. He leaves two nieces and three nephews: Skyler Witalison, Anja Drogseth, Hans Jungck, Ren Jungck, and Rialey Anderson, plus numerous cousins and great nieces and nephews.
Chris was preceded in death by his maternal and fraternal grandparents: Eivind and Dorothy Christoffersen, Ren and Myrtle Anderson, and nephew, Erik Witalison.
Memorials may be made to United Way of Sioux Falls, or One Vision, PO Box 622, Clear Lake, Iowa 50428.