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Oliver George "Dickie" Anderson

Oct. 21, 1937 - Jul. 8, 2020

Date of Service: Jul. 15, 2020

ALBION - Oliver George “Dickie” Anderson, 82, of Albion, passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

He was born Oct. 21, 1937, on the family ranch in Albion, Idaho; he was the first child of Richard Storey and Helen Poulsen Anderson. Helen did not like his name and would forever call him Dickie; however, he preferred Dick. In February 1939, he became a big brother to his only sister, Darla. They grew up together on the ranch where they had many chores. A lot of the hard work came when their dad started racing thoroughbred horses. They would clean stalls and condition the horses. Dick got the “pleasure” of breaking most of the horses they raced. He attended elementary school in Albion and graduated from Declo High School in 1955. He participated in FFA, football, basketball, track, and excelled in rodeo. In 1955, he became the High School All-Around Cowboy in Salmon, Idaho, by winning the bareback riding, steer wrestling, and cow cutting.

After graduation, he became a professional cowboy on the rodeo circuit. He would travel to various rodeos in the Western United States where he won multiple saddle bronc championships. He retired from rodeo in 1973 due to an injury. Dick had the honor of being inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2008.

In 1957, he married Nita Delores Freeman. Together they had four children, John “Rory,” Deborah, Lorrie, and Ronnie. Dick later married Anna Janice Fries, Aug. 1, 1961, in Elko, Nevada, at a rodeo. Together they had two children, Helen Michelle and Lisa Jane. He and Janice spent many great years together and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2011.

Dick and Janice spent most of their lives on the ranch doing what they loved. Summers were spent moving cows and water, cutting and baling hay, and fixing fence. Winters involved feeding cows, doctoring calves, and breaking ice. When spring finally came, everyone in the valley would come to help with the branding.

When he was not working on the ranch, he was with the many friends he had. There were numerous camping, hunting, and fishing trips. He was an animal lover. He had multiple pets throughout his life; however, his most beloved pet was his dog, Gizmo.

Dick is survived by his children, Lisa Anderson of Albion, Rorey (Angela) Anderson of Buffalo, New York, Deborah (J.W.) Gilliam of McCamey, Texas, and Lorrie (Arthor) Crowe of Midland, Texas; grandchildren, Lynzee Hendrix (Byron Taylor) of Burley, Mikka Bryan (Stephanie Garrison) of Twin Falls, and Kayd Bryan of Rupert; great-granddaughter, Ashlyn Hendrix of Burley; and sister, Darla Redman of Albion. He also has many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Janice Anderson; daughter, Michelle Anderson; and son, Ronnie Anderson.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Albion.

Friends may call from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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From Carol Ball :
It was a privilege and an honor to know "Dickie".
He was always courteous and kind and a pleasure to be around. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
My condolences to his family.
From Debbie Anderson:
My brother Rory and I spent a school year on the ranch when we were kids. Idaho is very different than California LOL We had steaks the first night we were there and mine flew across the table and we put our knives in the sink water. Big no no. We have been talking with Dad the past year or so and all us kids were coming to see him soon. I know we missed a wonderful man and father may he RIP Loved Janice also.
From Kay Pelcher :
I’ve always had the upmost respect for cowboy. He was a great friend and I loved him dearly. He will surely be missed. I have to laugh every time I think about the Cowboy and Indian talks we had. I’d have to school him a little bit ha ha ha on the Indian part. Love ?? and miss you Cowboy!! K
From Beth Ann Cooper:
You will always stand tall cowboy, I will miss your stories RIP Dickie.
From Darold Staker:
Dickie you was a good man I enjoyed talking with you when ever l could catchup to you
From B Andersen:
so very sorry for your loss. he was quite a guy... RIP Dickie
From Dale Jafek:
RIP buddy, we shared some good times!
From Larry Stevens:
Dick was a born Cowboy for sure! He was blessed with a lot of talent. Deb Copenhaver told me that Dick could have been a Worlds Champion if he had traveled full time.
RIP my friend! Condolences to Darla, his children, and all the family.
From Deana Redman Crane:
You will be missed Uncle Dickie. Sending love, hugs and prayers to my Mom, Darla, and the rest of the family. Say hello to Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Niecie, Michelle and Dad for me.
From Dolly Breezee:
Will meet you Dick. And all the hugs.
From jeffrey dubose:
Ride on my brother.
From Sharon Hutchison:
Thinking of you With Sincere Sympathy and Fond Memories of your loved one. Dick will be missed...had some fun times with him and Janice.
From Toyia Hutchison:
RIP Cowboy
From Leo Vasquez:
Rest In Peace My Friend,You Will Be Missed??????????
From Rick Smyer:
I always looked up to Dickie he was my idea of a real cowboy he always rode old Webster because no one else could I saw Webster try to throw him off several times but he never did.

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