Miles A. Anderson, 91, passed away at home in Redmond on December 5, 2020; six days after his sweetheart, Donna.
Miles was born on May 27, 1929 in Redmond to Oluf Christian and Fernith Sophia Nelson Anderson. He grew up in Redmond and created many memories with friends and family. He married the love of his life, Donna Allred on February 11, 1949 at the home of Donna’s parents in Centerfield. They were sealed in the Manti Utah Temple on July 19, 1980.
Miles “Mike” served in the Army from February 1947 to July 1948. He was stationed at the Presidio, in San Francisco as military police. Before this he did a lot of farm work, helping his father as a sheepherder. He also did a lot of work for different farmers in Redmond. He worked one campaign at the Gunnison Sugar Factory. He said it was the hardest work he ever did—picking sugar beets out of train cars with a pick. He also worked for a short time for the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad in Salina. He also did custom plowing for people, day and night.
Miles worked 36 years at the gypsum plant in Sigurd, retiring in 1985. While the gypsum plant was on strike, they moved to Layton and he worked for Cudahy Meats. He couldn’t wait to return to Redmond—he didn’t like the city much. He also wanted to farm, so while he was working, he started buying equipment and farmed until he turned the farming over to his son, Glendon. With shift work and farming, he kept pretty busy.
Miles loved to hunt in Willow Creek Canyon and fish the mack runs at Fish Lake. He instilled the love of hunting and fishing in his boys. He loved taking the family on camping trips in the mountains.
An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Miles served in callings in the Redmond 1st Ward, including counselor in the bishopric, serving in the Priest Quorum. Miles and Donna worked at the Manti Temple as ordinance workers for almost five years, and two years as Church service missionaries.
A wonderful storyteller, it was fun for the grandkids to listen to his stories and songs.
He survived by his 7 children: Glendon (Raelyn) Anderson, Redmond; Larry (Johneen) West Valley City; Karen (Jeff) Hansen, Centerfield; Denzel (Tammy) Anderson, Redmond; Diane (Robert) Christiansen, Mayfield; Ronald (Julie) Anderson, Centerfield; and Duane Anderson, Redmond; 28 grandchildren, 65-great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild on the way.
Preceded in death by his wife, Donna; parents; brother: Kennard and Kirk; and a sister, DeMay.
The family is deeply grateful for the loving care givers from Gunnison Valley Home Health and Hospice for their compassionate services.
Private family funeral services will be held jointly for Miles and Donna on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Redmond Chapel. There will be no public visitation. Burial will be in the Redmond Cemetery. With military honors by the Redmond American Legion post #118 and the Utah Honor Guard Live streaming of the services and online guestbook can be found at www.maglebymortuary.com under Mile’s obituary. Due to COVID-19, all attendees must wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.