Vayden Rystrom Anderson, age 93, of Stromsburg, Nebraska, passed away November 4, 2021 at his daughter's home in Stromsburg, Nebraska.
Funeral service will be held Monday, November 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Stromsburg with Pastor Brenda Pfeifly officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 7 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the church. Organist will be Sue Lehn. Pallbearers will be Paul Dravitzki, Jordan Dravitzki, Tristin Dravitzki, Zane Dravitzki, Bo Ruud, and Tobin Anderson. Interment will be in the Stromsburg Cemetery with Military Rites by Stromsburg Legion Post #132.
Vayden was a native son and lived in Stromsburg for all but thirteen years. He was born in York, Nebraska on June 30, 1928, the second son of Winnie (Rystrom) and Henry Ray Anderson. He is the grandson of Swedish immigrants who homesteaded in Polk County. He was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Stromsburg.
He graduated from Stromburg as the Valedictorian of the class of 1946. He received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and Sigma Tau Engineering Honorary.
Shortly after South Korea was invaded in June of 1950, Vayden enlisted in the United States Army and served his country for three years. At the time of his discharge, he was a 1st Lieutenant and Company B Commander in the 84th Engineer Construction Battalion. His platoon drove the first piling for the Libby Bridge over the Imjin River that divides North and South Korea.
He was then employed by Abel Construction Company of Lincoln and Wilson and Company Engineers of Salina, Kansas. He moved to Houston, Texas where he was part owner of Fabricated Steel Products. He returned to Lincoln in 1955 to manage Nebraska Prestressed Concrete Company that supplied the pilings for the new Interstate 80.
Upon the death of his father in 1959, he returned to Stromsburg to purchase Overland Sand and Gravel, and to start Overland Ready Mix Concrete Company. He managed these companies until his retirement in 2007. He developed seven lakes along the Platte River, and especially loved seeing the generations of families enjoying these communities.
He belonged to and served many organizations in Stromsburg including: Salem Lutheran Church, Board of Education, Chamber of Commerce, Alumni Association, American Legion Post, and was honored as Swedish Festival King. He was an active member of the Nebraska Lakes Association, Project 2000 Nebraska Expressway Development, Nebraska Concrete and Aggregates Association, and the National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association.
He was united in marriage to Joy Nixon on September 23, 1956. They had two children, son Tobin Anderson and daughter Holly Vay Anderson-Dravitzki.
Vayden was humble, yet stalwart in his faith to the Lord. He loved his family, his grandchildren and great-grandchild and their activities. He enjoyed reading, deer hunting, snow and water skiing, making wine, traveling, and most of all Nebraska football.
Survivors include his son Tobin (Angela) of Sugar Land, Texas and daughter Holly (Paul) of Stromsburg; grandchildren Janna, Courtney (Bo), Jordan, Tristan (Jacklyn), Zane, and Zoé Dravitzki; Kristi and Megan Anderson; and Steven (Aranza), Anthea, David Chambers and great-granddaughter Belle Ruud.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Rodney.
Memorials are suggested to Salem Lutheran Church Foundation or the family to be designated later.
Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Stromsburg has been entrusted with arrangements.