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Mark B Anderson

January 11, 1948 July 7, 2020
Mark B Anderson
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Mark B. Anderson passed away at Regional Healthcare Services of Howard County in Cresco, IA at the age of 72.

He was born in Storm Lake, IA on January 11, 1948 and was raised on the family farm in Albert City, IA. Mark was the son of Martin O. and Gladys (Peterson) Anderson. He graduated from Albert City Truesdale High School in 1966 and from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN in 1970 with a major in History. He went to study law at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He passed the bar in Iowa and Tennessee in 1973 and accepted a position practicing law in Cresco. After running and being elected to Howard County Attorney for two non-consecutive terms, he established his own law office and had a general law practice with an emphasis on criminal defense. At the beginning of his first campaign for Howard County Attorney, he met his future wife, Karen Nelson. They were married in 1976 and raised their family in Cresco. He retired from his law practice in 2018. 

In addition to practicing law, he was involved in Kiwanis and served as president of the noon chapter and Lt. Governor of the Iowa-Nebraska Kiwanis Club. He was co-chair of the Howard County Republicans, and most recently a member of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee after parting ways with the Republican party. He enjoyed community service, woodworking, gardening, and taking his Chevelle Super Sport to cruises and car shows. He was an avid reader and a fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, Minnesota Twins and Waterloo Blackhawks hockey.   

He is survived by his wife, Karen Anderson; his son, Timothy (Tiffany) Anderson of Marysville, KS; daughter, Brooke (Shaun) McGehee of Geneva, IL; Sister-in-law Kimberly (John) Aldrich of Savage, MN and four grandchildren Allison, William, James, and Andrew. He is also survived by his nephews  John(Linda) Buan of Maple Grove, MN and their children Jack, Olivia and Sam; Steve (Kristi) Buan of Chanhassen, MN and their children Thomas and Anna;  and niece Brenda (Mike) Dion of Waxhaw, NC and their children Matthew and Victoria. 

Mark is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Vernice Buan; brother-in-Law, Orion Buan; and infant brother, Larry Anderson. 

Memorials may be directed to Regional Healthcare Services of Howard County in Cresco. 

Private family services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Cresco with Pastor Derrick Okine officiating.  Burial will take place at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Cresco.

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