Ilene Helen Anderson was born December 23, 1935 to Sigurd and Borghild Royset in Hettinger, ND. She was a graduate of Hettinger High School where she was active in sports, FHA, and played drums in the band while working at Pepsi Cola Bottling Company with her father and uncle. She continued playing percussion with the Hettinger Cowboy Band. After graduation in 1953, Ilene worked at the First State Bank in Buffalo, SD. It was there in Buffalo at a Labor Day dance that she met Rayford Anderson. She married Ray on October 25, 1955 which was Ray’s parents’, Ralph and Clara Anderson, 25th anniversary. Pastor F.A.J. Meyers, who had also married Ralph and Clara, conducted the ceremony.
Ilene worked as a speech and reading aide with Northwest Area Schools in the Harding County schools. She volunteered as a 4-H leader for many years and was a member of Cowbelles. She was a member of Grand River Lutheran Church, a Sunday School teacher, and a member of the Dorcas Circle. She loved to go bowling and bowled in several leagues. Family was everything to Ilene and in recent years she loved to be involved in the lives and activities of her eight grandkids. She also enjoyed going for drives around town and the ranch with Ray.
Ilene and Ray lived in an 8’ x 27’ trailer on the Anderson ranch where Ray worked in 1956. They bought the Merle Kidd ranch and lived there until 1963 when they bought the ranch from Ralph and Clara Anderson. Ilene and Ray moved to the house of her dreams in Buffalo in 2000.
Ilene was preceded in death by her parents Sigurd and Borghild Royset, her step-mother Christine Royset, Ray’s parents Ralph and Clara Anderson, and his brother Ronald Anderson.
Ilene is survived by her husband Ray Anderson; son, Daniel Anderson (Lisa) and granddaughter Alexis; daughter Dona Warwick and grandsons Chris, Mike, and Shawn; daughter Sandra Butts (Tim), grandsons Beau and Cory (Amanda) and granddaughters Baelee (Josh Karey—expecting the first great-grandchild) and Taycee. She is also survived by sisters Delores Mattis, Gayle Unruh, Karen Jennings, a brother, Gary Royset, and a close cousin, Irene Spracklin.
The warmth and generosity Ilene showed in her life will live on through the actions of numerous family and friends as a lasting tribute to her memory. Memorials can be made in Ilene’s name to Grand River Lutheran Church in Buffalo, SD or to St. Luke’s Home in Dickinson, ND.
Funeral services are at 1:00 PM on Sunday, March 31 at Grand River Lutheran Church in Buffalo, SD with visitation at 12:00 PM. Interment will follow the service at the Buffalo Cemetery. All are invited for refreshments at the Harding County Memorial Rec Center.
Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services of Bowman, ND, in charge of the arrangements