Arthur T. Anderson, 76, rural Minot, former Ward County Sheriff, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, in his home following a courageous battle with cancer.
Arthur T. Anderson was born June 15, 1936, in Williston, to Arthur O. and Anna J. (Nygaard) Anderson. He was raised and educated in Flaxton.
Arthur was drafted into the Army in April 1956. He proudly served his country during the Korean War, and was stationed in Japan and Korea. He was honorably discharged in March 1958.
Following his honorable discharge, he worked for Great Plains Supply in Williston for a short time. Art always wanted to be a lawman, so he put his application in. He started his law enforcement career with the Williston Police Department in April 1958.
Art married Shirley Tofte on April 18, 1959, in Williston. In June 1959, he left Williston and went to nearby Wildrose, where he became chief of police. After serving there for one year, he went back to the Williston Police Department and was promoted to sergeant. In January 1963, he became the chief of police in Parshall, where he served until June 1967. Art quit the police force and became the owner/operator of the General Store in Flaxton. In June 1968, he became owner/operator of Anderson's Clothing in Parshall, meanwhile also serving as police advisor and a part-time patrol officer.
In May 1970, he decided to go back to the police force as Parshall's chief of police and worked in that capacity until March 1971, when he became a contract Ward County deputy in Berthold. He later served as sergeant in the Carpio area.
In June 1974, he moved to Minot and was promoted to lieutenant, where he worked in civil process, serving subpoenas, judgments and other legal papers. In January 1979, he became Ward County Chief Deputy. Art helped to organize the Ward County Sheriff's Mounted Posse. In 1983, he ran for Ward County sheriff and served in that capacity for eight years. In 1991, he served as a patrol deputy, and in July 1994, he served as a sergeant.
In 1997, Art ended his tour of duty and retired after 39 years in law enforcement. In his retirement years, he enjoyed spending time at the lake, fishing, camping, and riding down the highway on his motorcycle.
He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, Eagles Aerie, the North Dakota Peace Officers Association, and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Those who shared in his life: wife of 53 years, Shirley, Minot; daughter, Sharon (Gus) Rud, Center; son, Byron (Tammy) Anderson, of Harvey; grandchildren, Brittany Rud, Whitney Rud, Macy Rud, Savanna Anderson, Dylan Anderson, Jacob Anderson; great-granddaughter, Kylie Quandt; sister, Ione Sorensen, Mesa, Ariz.; brother, Larry (Linda) Anderson, Des Lacs; sister-in-law, Darlene Anderson, Tioga; and numerous nieces and nephews; as well as his faithful dog, Scooter.
Arthur was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Darvin; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alfred and Helen Tofte.
Funeral: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 10 a.m., in Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Friday, Jan. 25, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Trinity Cancer Care or to Bethany Lutheran Church, both Minot.
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