May 22, 1954 – October 10, 2018
At the age of 64 our beloved father passed away in the Bull Mountains of Roundup, Montana. Paul was born in Lincoln, Nebraska as the third of four boys born to his parents E.A. and Marjorie Anderson. His family moved to Gordon, Nebraska when Paul was just a young boy. Growing up, Paul loved to play sports or “Cowboys and Indians” with his brothers. Summers were spent at the Niobrara River and Lake Merriman; as you can imagine with four boys mischief ensued. The Andersons were always known for their story telling abilities; we will never forget hearing about river warfare with cherry bombs, or intentionally skiing Uncle Erik into the snapping turtles at the lake.
As Paul grew up he developed a love for running and athletics. At Gordon High School he quickly became a standout athlete, playing quarterback for the football team, and continuing to gain notice for his track accolades. As a senior, Paul became Nebraska’s first sub-14-second high hurdler, running a 13.8 at state. Throughout the years Paul still loved to talk about his days running track and always stated, “I just loved to run, it made me happy and proud. I became a pretty confident hurdler. Things worked out well for me.” Despite all of his success, he always remained humble, and his dedication and work ethic were noticed by all. In 1972 he accepted a scholarship to run track at University of Nebraska. However, after the passing of his own father, Paul moved home to care for the family farm after his second year of college. It was here that he met Connie Anderson (Colwell), who became his wife and the mother of his four children; Megan, Ingrid, Brooke, and Holly.
In November 1993, Paul and Connie moved to Billings, Montana to raise their four daughters. Growing up our father was a great listener and never judged anything we needed to gain advice from him about. He was extremely proud of “his girls,” and we were proud of him for the man he was, and the relationships he had with family. His humor brought smiles to all who knew him, and was a source of comfort during times of hardship or stress. He became known as “Pompa/GranPaul” to his four grandchildren; James, Keira, Deklan, and Addison. A favorite pastime with Grandpa was his creative bedtime stories, and his silly nature – always willing to adventure or play pretend.
While our beloved Dad and Pompa/GranPaul is no longer with us in our earthly bodies, he will forever live on in our hearts and souls. Until we meet again across Heaven’s Gates, we will do our best to make him proud each and every day, knowing he is still cheering us on from the skies above. We love you Dad. Skol.
Paul was preceded in death by his father, E.A. Anderson and his grandparents McCann and Anderson. His surviving relatives include his daughters: Megan and her husband Chris Kautz (children James and Deklan), Ingrid and her husband Eric Wulf (children Keira and Addison), Brooke Anderson, and Holly and her husband Sam Gratton; Paul’s mother Marjorie Anderson, and his brothers: Steve (children Nick, Ole, Britt), Mike and Jody (children Austin, Valerie, Erika), and Erik and Julie (children Ursula).