Keith Anderson, West Union, Iowa, January 20, 2024

Keith Harlen Anderson, age 59, of West Union, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer.

Keith was born on January 28, 1964 in West Union, Iowa to Harlen Anderson and Sharon (Hilgerson) Anderson. He graduated from North High in 1983. While in school, he participated in football and wrestling. Keith was married, later divorced and has a son, Keith Jr.

Keith entered the U.S. Army in March 1992, and after training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, as a Combat Engineer and was stationed in Baumholder, Germany for almost two years. Attaining the rank of Specialist, Keith returned to Fort Moore, George and was discharged in October 1994. Keith was twice awarded the Army Achievement Medal and also received the National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon. He qualified as an Expert Marksman with rifle and grenade.


Keith worked at various jobs throughout his life. He was passionate about helping his Dad on the farm. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, watching stock car races and football. Keith was a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan. He volunteered at the annual Support for Veterans Car and Bike Show in West Union. This year’s will be dedicated to Keith’s memory.

Keith was a member of the American Legion Post #15. He was proud to have received a Quilt of Valor in 2022.

Keith is survived by his father, Harlen (Margaret) Anderson; his mother, Sharon Kay Anderson; son, Keith, Jr.; sister, Kelli Lauer; niece, Mandy Sauerbrei; nephew, Zach Lauer; niece, Amber Lauer; great-niece, Justice Lauer and great-nephew, Gabriel Stokes. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Keith was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clair and Evelyn Anderson and Myron and Clarice Hilgerson; a sister, Kathy Anderson and brother-in-law, Greg Lauer.

Visitation will be Friday, February 2, 2024 from 4-7 pm at the United Methodist Church, West Union, Iowa and one hour before services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at United Methodist Church, West Union, Iowa with Pastor Hyeunmee Kang as the Officiant.

Burial will follow at West Union Cemetery, West Union, Iowa.

Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, West Union, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements.

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