Gary L. Anderson

Gary L. Anderson

February 3, 1946 – September 28, 2020


Gary Lee Anderson was born on February 3, 1946, the son of Lake and Helen (Peterson) Anderson.  One of four children, Gary grew up in Harlan, IA.  He attended St. Michael’s grade school and, later, Harlan Public High School.  Gary was a proud Eagle Scout who, during his formative high school years, worked part-time as a grocery sacker at Helgerson’s Grocery Store.  Following high school graduation, Gary moved to Omaha, NE and attended Creighton University.  He held numerous part-time jobs and graduated from Creighton in 1969 with a degree in history.  He continued his education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, graduating in 1975 with a master’s degree in public administration.  He began his career in Lincoln, NE as a director of the Data Systems Division for the Nebraska Department of Public Institutions.  After several years, he returned to Omaha and married Jeanne Kwapiszeski and began working at Mutual of Omaha as a Systems Analyst.  He followed that up as a Project Manager/Technical Advisor for Research & Systems Development at Enron.  He continued his career as a national defense contractor working for Vanguard Research and BAE Systems, among many others.  Gary was blessed with two sons, Dr. Gary Anderson Jr., a professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and John Anderson, who is employed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.  Gary loved talking to people, playing golf, and collecting chess sets.  He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

Survived by wife, Jeanne M.; sons, Dr. Gary L. Anderson, Jr. and John N. Anderson (Maria); four grandchildren: Amelia, Anastasia, Alessandra and John Anderson, Jr.; sister, Patricia; and brother, Robert (Alice).

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Friday, October 2nd from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, October 3rd, 10am, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church (5419 N. 114th St.)  INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

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  • Marilyn Julin Posted September 29, 2020 6:04 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your fanily. Gary will be missed.

  • Clarice Krepela Posted September 30, 2020 8:52 am

    Dear Jeanne and Family, We send you our sympathy, and pray that the Lord will surround you with His peace at this sad time. What a blessing all of you were to Gary. It was so special that he got to enjoy his four grandchildren. May your memories of Gary be a comfort in the days ahead. Clarice and Gene Krepela.

  • HCHS Class of 1964 Posted October 2, 2020 11:54 am

    The Harlan High School Class of 1964 sends its condolences.

  • Terri and Dave Cubrich Posted October 2, 2020 12:09 pm

    John and Maria and family –
    So so sorry for your loss-many fond memories of your dad for years when you and Troy and Steve were hanging out. He was so very proud of you and all your accomplishments. Recent years he was so in love with his grand babies!! What an amazing man!

  • Vicki Lucas Fullerton Posted October 2, 2020 12:45 pm

    So very sorry for your loss!! RIP, Gary

  • George Posted October 2, 2020 10:13 pm

    Sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. The man always had a smile on his face, and in his heart as well. Condolences to all of the family from Debra Jo and George Leuschen.

  • Laura Krolikowski Posted October 10, 2020 8:08 pm

    Jeanne , so sorry for your loss. Please extend my sympathy to your sons as well. Miss seeing you all and your mom . Laura from Dr Kluza’s office.

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