R. MICHAEL ANDERSEN

R. MICHAEL ANDERSEN

July 14, 1936 to Feb. 12, 2018

Mike Andersen, 81, passed away on Feb. 12, 2018 after a brief illness in Green Valley, Arizona.

Mike was born on July 14, 1936 in Des Moines, Iowa to Robert L. and Virginia (Twitchell Hatcher) Andersen. He graduated from North High School in Des Moines and went on to major in agronomy at Iowa State College, graduating in 1958, and married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn McIntyre, on June 14, 1958.

After college, Mike and Carolyn moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota where Mike began working in the fertilizer business. They then moved on to Spencer, Iowa; Fulda, Minnesota; Worthington, Minnesota; West Des Moines, Iowa; Arlington Heights, Illinois; Burlington, Iowa and then back to Libertyville, Illinois. Mike retired from IMC in Mundelein, Illinois in 1997.

In 2005, Mike and Carolyn moved to Green Valley, Arizona to escape the northern winters and enjoy their birding hobby in Arizona and many other places around the globe. They enjoyed many summers in Clear Lake, Iowa as well.

Mike was a former member of the Air National Guard. He belonged to St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Green Valley, Arizona and St. John's Episcopal Church in Mason City, Iowa. Mike was also a member of the Green Valley Birding Club and the Green Valley Gardner's Club. Mike was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) at Iowa State University.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Bob Andersen and Virginia Hatcher. Left to cherish his memory are: Carolyn Andersen, wife of nearly 60 years; children: Kent Andersen of Dallas, Texas; Janelle (Joe) Carter of Marshalltown, Iowa. Grandchildren: Michael (Leah) Carter, Des Moines, Iowa; Hanna Carter, Portland, Oregon; Samuel Carter, Ames, Iowa.

Services for Mike will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at 2 p.m. at St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Green Valley, Arizona.

Memorials may be sent to Tucson Audubon Society in Tucson, Arizona or St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church in Green Valley, Arizona.

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