Marty Andersen

Marty Andersen, 87, passed away on April 4, 2018. Marty was born in Kearney, Nebraska, on Oct. 12, 1930, the son of Martin and Mabel Andersen.

Marty grew up in Seattle, Washington. 

He volunteered for the United States Army during the Korean War, and served in Korea as a member of the 40th infantry division. After his discharge from the service, Marty worked for Northwest Airlines in Seattle before moving to Montana, where he attended Eastern Montana College and worked for the National Park Service as a seasonal ranger in Yellowstone National Park. Some of the happiest times of Marty's life were riding on patrol through the backcountry of the Lamar Valley with a horse and mule.

In 1961, Marty married Joan Yedlicka of Fromberg, Montana in a ceremony at Fromberg Methodist Church. Marty and Joan were married for 56 years, and had 2 children, a son, Victor, and a daughter, Susan. He taught his children to work hard, enjoy the outdoors, and especially to love a good laugh.

In 1965, Marty was appointed as a full time ranger in the National Park Service, and served at Death Valley NP, Colorado, NM, Petrified Forest NP, Grand Canyon NP, Cabrillo NM, and Joshua Tree NP.

After retiring from the Park Service in 1986, Marty and his wife Joan moved back to Joan's hometown of Fromberg, Montana. There, Marty kept himself busy raising sheep. Marty was also an active member of the Clarks Fork Valley community, serving in various capacities as a member of the Fromberg Methodist Church, Bridger Lions Club, and Carbon County Republican Party, among others.

Marty suffered from COPD for several years, and in 2012 he and Joan moved to Arvada, Colorado to be near their son Victor and his family. In 2017, Marty and Joan moved to Stevensville, Montana to be near their daughter Susan and her family.

At the end of his life, Marty was in hospice care in Stevensville, and he died peacefully in the comfort of his home, with his family around him.

The family would like to thank Dr. Christopher Gilbert and Consumer Direct Hospice for their compassionate care.

Marty is survived by his wife Joan of Stevensville; his daughter Susan and her husband Randy Peterson of Stevensville; his son Victor Andersen and his wife Janel of Arvada, Colorado; eight grandchildren, and his faithful dog Bonnie.

Marty's grandchildren had a special place in his heart and he loved watching them grow up. He reveled in their successes, and rooted for them when they struggled.

A memorial service will be held for Marty in Fromberg, Montana during the summer at date to be determined. Marty's wish was to be cremated; his ashes will be scattered in Yellowstone National Park.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 911 West 5th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99204, or to a charity of your choice.  Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.

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