Grant B. Anderson

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July 14, 1937 ~ May 18, 2021

Born in: Whitehall, WI
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Grant B. Anderson, 83, of Pueblo, passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2021, of Interstitial Lung Disease. Grant was born July 14, 1937, in Whitehall, Wis. to Bennett and Clara Anderson. Grant graduated from Whitehall High School, he continued his education at Stout State receiving a degree in Industrial Arts, later achieving his Master’s Degree in Pueblo. He married Bettye Riddle in Las Vegas in 1978, they were married for 36 years. Grant was in the Army Reserves for eight years, also served in the Peace Corps. He became a Master Mason in 1963, in Galesville, Wis. He was a member of Al Kaly Shriners since 1985, and was a world traveler with them. Grant was active with the Flivvers, Little T’s and later Tractor’s Unit, Bowling and Front Range Antiques Power Association. He was an avid collector of Ford tractors, everything tools and he never met a camel he didn’t like. Grant taught Printing and Graphic Arts at Central High School for 30 years. He enjoyed teaching very much and also learning from his students. Grant told the story of how he ended up in Pueblo. He was on his way home from Minneapolis, Minn. at Christmas and had a flat tire in a blizzard. Grant decided he would move to California. On his way, he stopped in Pueblo to visit a friend and was offered a teaching job. This was the beginning of a life long career. He loved to teach but more importantly, he loved to learn and do new things. Grant was always building something, doing wood crafts and jewelry making. He was never too busy to help someone. Grant is survived by sisters, Nancy Thorson and Dena (Gerald) Schleifer-Landry; nieces and nephews, Debra (Ron) Hanson, Dawn (Dale) Schaub, Beth (Glenn) Streeton, Daniel (Terry) Schleifer, Brian (Melissa) Thorson, Michael (Tammy) Thorson and Troy (Alicia) Thorson; 14 great nieces and nephews; 8 great great nieces and nephews; many cousins; and his Pueblo family who have supported him through the years. Preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister, Donna Mae; and brothers-in-law, Harland and Ellsworth. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2561 Vinewood Ln. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to Al Kaly Transportation Fund, 635 W Corona Ave # 120, Pueblo, CO 81004, King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2561 Vinewood Lane, Pueblo, CO  81005 or PAWS, 800 N Pueblo Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences,


Memorial Service: May 26, 2021 10:30 am

King of Kings Lutheran Church
2561 Vinewood Lane
Pueblo, CO 81005


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  1. Mr Anderson was my graphic artist teacher for my four years at central amazing man always has the time to do and get prints or papers done , will always rennet him and that big smile GB as he was known , may he Rest In Peace and now time to print in heaven god bless

  2. Hi,
    I am Grant’s nephew. I wish I could be in Colorado today and remember Grant with everyone. I wish I had been able to spend more time with him before he passed. My memories of Grant are that he seemed larger than life, in a good way. When I was a child, I was a little scared of him because he was big and loud and always wanted to give us big strong bear hugs. Later, I think someone mentioned he was loud because he was hard of hearing in one ear… Or maybe he just loved being outgoing… Or maybe he just wanted his many opinions known! Either way, he always had good intentions and would bring us neat toys as gifts that he or his students had made. When I was a little older, we visited him one summer at his cabin. The place wasn’t finished, yet, and it felt like a Boy Scout camp. I remember thinking how cool it would be to live there all year round. Later in life, I always admired Grant for his zest for his hobbies. He didn’t let the mundane parts of life stop him from exploring his interests. It seemed like in his retirement this zest increased and he mentioned to me several months ago that he and Bettye spent “a lot of money” following their passions. It seems like it was money well spent. Rest in peace. You will be missed. Love, Brian

  3. I taught with GB for over 20 years at Central. We had a lot of good times together. My thoughts and prayers with his family.

  4. It was an honor to have known GB. Will remember all the Central track meets we had with him. Will miss visiting with him has he rode his tractors around in Rye. I am honored to have one of us famous Diamond pins!

  5. To the Family of Grant Anderson,
    I bowled with Grant for many years and we always had lots of fun and laughs! One time, we were participating in a bowling tournament in Denver and we were caught in a bad snowstorm on Monument Hill. When we finally made it to the rest stop we had to stay there for 4 hours drinking coffee and visiting until the road opened back up! Grant, Bettye, Dolly DeHerrera, and myself, Carol Alumbaugh, had many laughs that day and throughout all of our bowling days! I have many fond memories of Grant and Bettye, he will be missed! Sincerely, Carol Alumbaugh

  6. GB was the best teacher and mentor I often think of him with fond memories. I will miss you.



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