Leonard James Anderson was born on March 27, 1929, Lakeside, Neb., to James and Ada (Orr) Anderson. He passed away peacefully on September 5, 2020, in Gordon.
Leonard grew up and attended school near Lakeside.
He was united in marriage to Jacklyn Schmidt on June 6, 1948, and engaged in farming on his in-laws’ farm north of Hay Springs for over 20 years where he and Jackie raised their three children. Upon Jackie’s death, he also worked for Wayne Davis.
On December 29, 1976, he married Donna Paul.
Leonard had lived his entire life in Sheridan County until the fall of 1978, when they began wintering in Apache Junction, Ariz. He did mechanic work on travel trailers for a shop in Mesa, Ariz., and returned to Gordon every summer to farm for Donna’s nephew, Randy Schmidt.
He enjoyed working with old cars and built a 1928 Model A Coupe and a 1929 Model A Ford Pickup from the ground up.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jacklyn, brother Donald, and second wife, Donna, step son-in-law Don Gibson and step grandson Derek Gibson.
He leaves to mourn he and Jackie’s three children, Mariann (Rodney) Furman of Rushville, Leonard Jr. “Butch” Anderson of rural Hay Springs, Myrna (Greg) Gibson of Cave Creek, Ariz., his brother Warren (June) Anderson of Quincey, Ill., sister-in-law Joann Anderson of Rushville, his step daughters Tyke Secrest of Rapid City, Janet (Bob) Phillips of Custer, Marianne (Randy) Holmes of Omaha, Carol (Gary) Garrison of North Platte, two granddaughters, Angie (Mike) Payne, of Rushville, Pam (Adam) Wackler of Lexington, six great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held Thursday, September 10, 2020, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Morse Memorial Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Rushville, Neb. Graveside Services were held Friday, September 11, 2020, 2:00 p.m. at Bomar Cemetery. A memorial has been established and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.