William J. “Andy” Andersen of Pavillion died at his home on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. He was 84.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
William Joseph Andersen was born on March 28, 1932, in Gordon, Neb., to Peter Scoe and Blanche (Hayes) Andersen. He was the youngest of nine children raised on the family ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska. He attended a country school on the family ranch and high school in Gordon. He enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 18, serving in the Korean War from 1950 until 1954. He was honorably discharged and returned to the Nebraska area. He earned the nicknames of “Andy” and “Joe” early in his life and answered to both.
He was a baptized Christian and a true believer.
He made his way to Wyoming where he worked at U.S. Steel for 23 years. After the closure of the steel mill he became a full-time rancher, raising both horses and cattle.
“Since he was a young man his passion was working with horses and trading them,” his loved ones said. “He enjoyed working with horses, learning their qualities in order to make the best possible trade for all involved.”
On Dec. 13, 1984, he married Anne T. Gwiazdowski. They made their home in Pavillion where they had their ranch. They resided on the J-A Ranch on West Pavillion Road.
He enjoyed country and gospel music and driving his horses in parades and for local school events.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Anne Gwiazdowski; son, Wesley Andersen of Lander; daughters Sherrie West and her husband, Arnie, of Lander, and Debbie Hawkins and her husband, Andy, of Mesquite, Nev.; granddaughters Tara Shalata and her husband, Jason, of Rock Springs, Trisha West and companion, Courtney Derby, of Lander, Melissa Bates and her husband, Josh, of Rock Springs and Jennifer Green and her husband, Jeremy, of Arvada, Colo.; and great grandchildren Jaylee, Allison and Bryant Shalata and Parker Bates.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Blanche Andersen; siblings Jim, Nell, Maude, Andrew, Betty, John, Lora and Mary Ann; beloved pets Dizzy and Sadiee; and loved horses Poncho, Roanee and Derby Rose.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, PAWS for Life or Pet Connection in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.
Online condolences may be made to the family at TheDavisFuneraIHome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.