Obituary Kevin Anderson

Kevin Rouse Anderson

July 20, 2013

On July 20, 2013, Kevin Rouse Anderson was called home by his heavenly Father. He was born December 22, 1968, in Worland, WY to Gene and Doris Anderson. He attended Ten Sleep Schools and received a top notch education which allowed him to attend Chadron State College on an academic scholarship. He was later awarded a BS in Mathematics and began teaching, first in Burns, WY, then in Ten Sleep and he was currently teaching in the Worland School District as the department head following the retirement of his mentor teacher, Jim Krudener. He shared his life with his friends on the REA board and anyone who came in contact with him. He always grumbled about social gatherings, but once there he never stopped visiting. At age 44, Kevin’s life revolved around his passions: faith, family and friends, teaching and farming.

Kevin used to spend Wednesday evenings mentoring the youth at FBC. He took great pride in teaching by both words and examples how to life a godly life. At different times he also led small group men’s groups during Monday Night Maness and often filled in for his good friend Dan Hart, to teach Sunday School.  Kevin and his wife also led the marriage enrichment class, Fireproof.

Kevin was a loving family man. No matter what his kids were doing, he made time to watch and support them. One of our favorite family memories was when Kevin was coaching his daughter’s Ten Sleep basketball team. His son Glen became his “official assistant coach” and tagged along wearing his tie and carrying a briefcase filled with plays he’d draw up. Kevin loved to listen to Brittany sing, especially when she used her grandfather’s big, green shop as her stage.  When his son expressed a love of wrestling, he cheered him on every chance he got. Kevin hoped to see Glen standing on top the podium at State Wrestling.

Kevin won his wife’s heart through the daily love letters he hand-delivered to her via the Burns school mailbox. Every day Stephanie would check her mailbox to find a letter, sometimes it was only a few lines long but other times the letter went on for pages. After an eight month courtship, Kevin and Stephanie were married before family and friends on July 11, 1992. They had just celebrated their 21st anniversary. You could often see them walking hand in hand around town.

Kevin loved his family. He made time to eat Sunday dinners in Ten Sleep to catch up on the news and enjoy his mom’s cooking. He kept in touch with his brothers, Donald and Michael, and often times the conversation turned to math since all three boys were gifted with a special math gene.  He and his cousin and best friend, Aaron Anderson, loved the ranch and spent countless hours working the soil and tending the sheep. Their energy to get up and work before sunrise and go to bed well after the sun had set as they tended the land their fathers had gifted them would put most people to shame.  Kevin loved to spend hours in the tractor and swather, as it gave him a sense of accomplishment.  He often took pictures of “his hayfield” to send to his wife; Kevin always titled them, “My Yard.”

When he wasn’t working on the ranch, he was working in the Worland High School math class where he tried to share his love and knowledge with each kid who came through the door. The outpouring of love expressed by his students during this time surely has Kevin smiling. Kevin never understood how come people didn’t just count everything. He was looking forward to teaching Calculus and Trig/Pre-calc this year and had been watching endless hours of math videos. He often asked the love of his life if she wanted to watch; she would just smile and politely decline.

Kevin is survived by his loving wife, Stephanie, and their two children Brittany and Glen, his mother and father, Doris and Gene Anderson of Ten Sleep, and his two brothers, Michael (Debbie)Anderson of Renton , WA, and his children Katie and Alexandra  and Donald (Tess) Anderson of Powell, WY. His extended family: Glen (Sandra) Stellpflug of Guernsey, Michael (Becky) Stellpflug of Gillette, Glenda (Lyman) Harvey  and their children Stacia and Triston of Gillette, Andy (Teresa) Stellpflug of Glenrock and their children Shantel, Garret, Sydnie, Mackenzie and Maddisyn, Gary Owens and his children Tiffany (Brian)  Roesner and Christopher of Gillette. His best friend Aaron (Sarah) Anderson and their children Bailey, Madison, and Kinley. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Barbara Owens of Gillette, his Uncle Jim Anderson of Ten Sleep, and his Aunt Sally Martin of Ten Sleep.

Funeral Services will be held 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at the Worland Middle School Auditorium with Pastor Scott Longwell officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held 7:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday evening at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel.   Burial will be at a later date in Riverview Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the Ten Sleep Ambulance or the Washakie County Ambulance Service in care of Bryant Funeral Home PO Box 524 Worland, WY 82401. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantfuneralhomeonline.com.