Edward Andersh passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 24th, 2022. He had battled several health issues over the past couple of years. We are embracing that he is at peace.
Edward was born December 15, 1953, to Allen Andersh and Jane (Horner) Kostel in Wagner. He grew up on the family farm just outside of town helping with the various chores. He attended school in Wagner and graduated from Wagner High School in ’72. He joined the United States Army National Guard in 1972 and he would go on to have a varied 40-year career serving our country. He also worked a couple brief stints at Mount Rushmore National Monument.
Edward was a jack of all trades and a handy man that didn’t find anything he couldn’t fix. He was always willing to help out, and he found himself post-retirement as a cab for some grandkids and great-grandkids getting them to and from school; a job that he truly enjoyed. In going along with helping, he was great about helping the neighbors as well as family and friends. He usually had a story or two to tell, or even a piece of advice to offer. He was a regular at the various thrift stores around town and enjoyed supporting the causes they were associated with.
In his early years, he was an avid hunter and fisherman and had many wonderful trips with his dad and brothers. After his retirement, he unfortunately became busy with other causes and found less time for the outdoors. He became a very active member of the South Dakota Patriot Guard Riders, and even became a Senior Ride Captain. Ed took great pride in standing for those who had fallen. Post retirement, Ed also began to enjoy the liberties of civilian life and went as far as entertaining his family and friends with his colorful hair choices. He was a big jokester and loved to make people laugh. Ed loved football and was a huge Denver Broncos fan.
Edward is survived by his wife, Marge Andersh; children, Chad Andersh, Lucedale, MS, Heather (Paul) Anderson, Las Vegas, NV, Bethany (Shane) Cox, Rapid City, SD, Daycia (Tim) Cummings, Rapid City, Bree (Marty) Cummings, Rapid City, and Chase Cummings, Rapid City; siblings, Kevin (Georgia) Andersh, Wagner, Deb (Rich) Bures, Aberdeen, Burt
(Elaine) Andersh, Box Elder, Tami (John) Andersh, Piedmont; as well as eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Allen Andersh; grandparents, Charlie and Charlotte Andersh and Ray and Nellie Horner; and niece, Nicole Bures.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a donation to DAV (Disabled American Veterans).
Celebration of Life Services were held Friday, July 29 at Kirk Funeral Home. Burial followed at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Kirk Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.