Grand Forks attorney Dennis L. Anderson died March 2. A UND School of Law graduate, he was admitted to the N.D. bar in 1982. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 8, at Norman Funeral Home in Grand Forks.
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Dennis Leroy Anderson was born August 23, 1939 in Mayville, ND the son of Walter Leroy and Helma Julianna (Holman) Anderson. He attended school at Clifford, ND and also at Mayville State College, Mayville, ND. Dennis married Carolyn J. Henderson, his high school sweetheart, (also from Clifford, ND) in 1960 at Clifford, ND. They remained together until her passing on August 1, 2006. He also graduated with a Master’s of Science at University of North Dakota. Dennis later returned to UND and earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1982 and continued to teach and practice law thereafter. Carolyn also encouraged Dennis to attend gardening courses where he earned his “Master Gardener” certificate. Prior to Carolyn’s passing they traveled to many different places to visit exotic gardens and nurseries.
Dennis was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. Dennis and family often traveled to lakes in Minnesota to fish for walleye and sun fish. Many of his hunting friends gave Dennis the nickname, “Skin” or “Skinny”. He was well known in many places of North Dakota because of the old rusted-out blue Suburban that he drove everywhere, complete with right-wing political stickers on the right rear window and left-wing political stickers on the left rear window. The suburban was often seen with a game cart strapped to the top of the suburban which further identified that it was “Skin’s” vehicle. Dennis also loved to fly and often instructed others. He also liked to travel and recently made trips to Alaska and took a cruise from Boston to Montreal with his close friend, Vicki McCauley.
Dennis taught Physics at Red River High School from 1967 to 1980. He then attended Law School for three years and returned to teaching at South Junior High School in 1982. He remained at South Junior High School until his retirement. He practiced Law from 1982 until his passing.
Dennis is survived by his daughter, Cathryn (Lynn) Johnson and a grandson, Ross Domier of Grafton, ND; sons, Daniel (Brenda) of Kalispell, MT and Darin (Shari) and sons, Alex and Sam of Chico, CA; a sister, Mary Jane Raney of Freemont, OH and longtime friend and confidante, Vicki McCauley of Grand Forks, ND and several cousins, nephew and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn and parents, Walter and Helma Anderson.