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Delbert Eldon Anderson

October 10, 2012


Delbert Eldon Anderson



Del Anderson was born July 28, 1924 in Lebanon, Mo. to Ralph and Herthel Anderson and passed away Oct. 4, 2012.

He was a decorated veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps from July 1941 to March 1947. His service took him to Brawley, where he met and married Geraldine Wigg on Jan. 13, 1944. They had four children. He attended Orange Coast College and Fresno State. 

His first job out of college was ranch manager at Circle L Ranch in Fish Lake Valley, Nev. He held many jobs throughout the years on ranches in California, Nevada, Mexico and Argentina. He worked as a law enforcement officer with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department and the Bishop Police Department and he graduated with the first class of the Nevada Highway Patrol. 

He spent the last 30 years of his life at Queen Valley Ranch in Nevada. 

Del had a passion and a great talent for raising and training horses. His last business was breeding and selling horses. He is also famous in the valley for his canned dill pickles.

He is survived by his children, daughter, Christine (and Michael) Deforest of Litchfield; son, Dennis (and Julie) Anderson of Bishop; son, Craig Anderson of Bishop; daughter, Debbie Anderson of Arvada, Colo.; sisters, Louise, Linda and Mary; brother, Ralph; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

A celebration of Del’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at his home in Queen Valley Ranch, Montgomery Pass, Nev. Please join us in remembering his life at the final deep pit barbecue. 

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