Dr. Donald H. Anderson, 86, of Bayfield, passed away peacefully after a battle with Alzhiemer’s Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at 4:10 a.m., with his devoted, loving wife, “Chick” and their four children by his side. He was born Aug. 13, 1933, in Ashland, the son of J. William “Bill” and Margaret (Stadtler) Anderson.
Don, (Buba to his family and friends) was born and raised in Ashland, graduated from Northland College with a degree in biology, mathematics and education, where he also played football and basketball. He then went to Spencer, where he taught middle school and high school math and coached boys’ basketball.
In 1958 he married his childhood sweetheart, Glenna “Chick” Hindes. Together they lived and taught in St. Croix Falls, then moved to St. Francis, Minn., where Chick continued to teach while Don studied at the University of Minnesota to earn his master’s degree.
In August 1960, they moved to Bayfield where he took the superintendent position for the Bayfield School District. Originally planning on staying in Bayfield for only two years, he retired 30 years later. During those years he also earned his Doctorate Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota. Don worked diligently to get the best education for all students in the Bayfield School District working closely with the Red Cliff Native Americans. Don was instrumental in the development of the Wisconsin Indian Teacher Corps in Bayfield which was an innovative Federal Program in education and also influential in bringing the pool/fitness center to the Bayfield School District.
He was passionate about making a difference in the lives of all students and staff. He was very charismatic and influential and really just had a way about him that commanded people’s attention, respect and admiration. After his retirement from Bayfield, Dr. Don answered the call several times to step in as interim District Administrator for Drummond, South Shore, Northwoods (Minong), and again, Bayfield school districts.
He was also asked and answered the call to assist with the financial concerns of the Red Cliff community. He worked daily for several years donating his time, because he knew it was the right thing to do. Don served on the Board of Directors and was instrumental in the purchase and renovation of the old courthouse building to house the Apostle Island National Lakeshore offices.
Don also gave his time and talents selflessly to serve our Lord and Savior. He was an active member of Bethesda Lutheran Church serving on the church council for many years in various positions, painting the building inside and out whenever needed, and even leading worship service when called upon. Don also served on the board of directors for Lutheran Social Services and was very proud of his accomplishments.
Dad loved to go to ball games, (even coach when needed), whether it was a Little League Baseball game or a college basketball game, he was there supporting us. Dad also loved to go hunting, fishing and camping. Every year, we all looked forward to our family trip to Canada and the Minnesota State Fair, but of course, we had to wait until after the monthly school board meeting! Later in life, when the grandkids were born, Dad would put them on his lap to drive the boat or tell them stories until they would fall asleep. He was the ultimate family man.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his only brother, Richard in June 2013.
Dr. Don is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Glenna “Chick” Anderson, Bayfield; along with four children; Dana (Bill) Morrin of Grantsburg, WI, Don Jr. (Paula) Anderson of Prentice, WI, Darin Anderson of Rib Lake, WI, and Denise (Jack) Tomlinson of Waupaca WI. Eight grandchildren: Kerissa Morrin, Korky (Sally) Morrin, Kortney (Mitch) Ejnik, Don III (Briana) Anderson, Abigail Anderson (Jordan Tyznik), Nathan Tomlinson (Courtney Barkley), Nicholas (Meghan) Tomlinson, and Mandy Tomlinson (Mike Boese). Three great grandsons; Derick Paulson, Brooks Tomlinson and Bennett Anderson; sisters-in-law Judy Faragher, Bayfield and Gail Anderson, Ashland; along with many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 27, starting at 11 with a visitation one-hour prior, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Bayfield. The burial will follow soon after at Greenwood Cemetery in Bayfield. Lunch will be served at the church after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethesda Lutheran Church.
Dr. Don’s family would like to thank the dedicated staff and residents at Northern Lights and Bratley’s Funeral Home.
The Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn is handling the arrangements. To view this obituary online, sign the guestbook or express online condolences, visit us at www.bratleyfamilyfuneralhomes.com.