Marvin ‘Pops – Hoppy’ Anders |

Marvin ‘Pops – Hoppy’ Anders

Marvin ‘Pops – Hoppy’ Anders, 77, of Elm Springs, SD, died Feb. 5, 2011, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Marvin C. Anders was born Sept. 2, 1933, at Marcus, SD, the son of Carl and Alice (Edwards) Anders. He grew up and received his education in Meade County.

Marvin was united in marriage to Carolyn Cordes on May, 14, 1955 in Lead, SD. With the exception of a short time working on road construction, Marvin spent his entire life ranching near Elm Springs, with Carolyn by his side.

He loved ranch life and everything about being a rancher. He could ride, rope and fix anything that was broken. He had an incredible work ethic, and his hands showed the marks of many hours working on the ranch. He did not know the meaning of “it can’t be done” as he always found a way to make it possible. Marvin was a man who saw his cows over the ears of his horse and who knew the range from the saddle and not through the windshield of a pickup. His ranch spanned the Cheyenne River. He respected the river and the challenges it posed, but was able to make it his friend and understood everything about it.

Marvin was an eternal optimist who always looked on the bright side of life; and was generous to a fault. He had a quiet strength about him that was admired by many.

He was very proud of his grandkids and kids and was always supportive of their endeavors. He especially liked horseback riding and camping with his grandkids.

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Marvin was a past member of the South Dakota Stockgrowers, and the local school board, as well as a member of the Western South Dakota Buckaroos. Marvin was always willing to lend a helping hand with community events.

Survivors include his wife Carolyn of Elm Springs; a son Rod Anders and his wife Kelly of Elm Springs; a daughter Shirley Trask and her husband Casey of Creighton; six grandchildren: Dunbar, Baxter and Jonnie Jo and Taken Anders, Chance and Courtney Jo Trask; two brothers Bernard Anders and his wife Lucille of Rapid City, and Ronald Anders and his wife Wanda of Union Center; a sister Jo Strong of Union Center; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; a brother- and sister-in-law, Vernon and Doris Anders; a brother-in-law Floyd Strong; and a special nephew Billy Joe Strong.

Visitation was held from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Wall School Gym with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Graveside services were held 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Elm Springs Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Marvin’s name for the Elm Springs Youth, the Elm Springs Volunteer Fire Department. and the Elm Springs Church.