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of Buffalo, MN

April 10, 1950 – January 1, 2024


Thursday, January 11, 2024

beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the service time

Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church – Buffalo, MN

Memorial Service

Thursday, January 11, 2023

11:00 a.m.

Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church – Buffalo, MN

The service will be livestreamed at

Daniel Glenn Anderson, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend went home to be with his Lord on January 1st, 2024, at the age of 73. He was born in Anchorage, Alaska on April 10th, 1950, to Vernon and Ruth Anderson. After six years of ministry in North St Paul, MN, in 1959 the family was called to serve on the mission field in Brazil.

Over the course of the next nine years Dan would have many adventures on the mission field which he happily repeated to all who would listen, but more importantly he would develop a love for the four things that defined him: fishing, soccer, music, and service to the Lord.

Dan graduated from Del Mar High School in San Jose, CA in 1968 while the family was on sabbatical.  In 1973 Dan graduated from Bethel College and in 1975 he earned his master’s degree in education from St. Thomas.  On March 22nd, 1975, he married the love of his life Barbara Lois (Sandstrom) and shortly thereafter they relocated back to Brazil where they welcomed their first child Michael David.

After teaching biology at an international school in Brazil for two years, Dan and Barb moved back to the United States where they settled in Buffalo, MN and welcomed their second child, Christina Joy. Dan established the American Family Insurance Agency in Buffalo and ran a successful business for over 36 years. His real passion however was teaching, counseling and playing music.  For many years he played in the band Cornerstone which he founded with his brother Tim, Kevin Walton, Shawn Kolles and Dale Bergstrom and most Sundays, you would find him on stage at Buffalo Covenant Church playing and singing in the worship band. In 1988 he earned his degree in family and marriage counseling from Bethel Seminary which he used for many years to help others.

After retiring from his insurance agency, he frequently joined his brother Tim on their cattle ranch in Brazil where he took great pleasure in running the estate.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Ruth Anderson and his brother-in-law, Bob Anderson.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his son, Michael (Stephanie) Anderson and daughter, Christina (Chad) Hanson as well his sister, Priscilla Anderson and brother, Tim (Robin) Anderson. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Peyton, Jack, Mckenna, Kayla, and Emery.

His memory will be cherished by numerous other relatives and friends whose lives he touched.

14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Joan Sharp

    Dear Barb and families of Dan,
    Our deepest heart-felt sympathies and prayers go out to each of you in the loss of my cousin Dan. Asking our Heavenly Father to wrap you in His arms of tender comfort and uphold you in His mighty strength in these sad hours and days.
    With love and ongoing prayers,
    Joan and Ralph

  2. Jamie Parks

    Thank you for offering me a start in my career with American Family almost 13 years ago. I admired your love for Jesus and sharing it with those around you. Your chains are now gone….you’ve been set free! May you rest in eternal peace.

  3. Gretchen Bergman

    I am so sorry for the loss of Dan. He was my favorite man in the church and I love you

  4. Elaine Anderson Wood

    Dear Barb and family and extended families,
    We are struggling too to find the words to express our deep sympathy to you since learning of my cousin Dan’s passing this week. We are asking God to enfold you in His faithful love and comfort giving much strength for these very tough hours and days ahead.
    With much love and daily prayers for you all, 🙏❤️📖
    Elaine & Richard

  5. Brian Elliott/Cindy Van Lith

    Dearest Barb and family,

    Our sincerest condolences to you and family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

  6. Lisa and Don Mills

    Barb and family,

    Dan was the most kind and caring person….our prayers are with you all.

  7. Canadian Cousins and Family...Miles and Carolyn, Garth Anderson, Colleen and Peter Berg, Aunt Marjorie, Reta and Dave Richert

    We are grieving along with you in the loss of Dan. May you know God’s nearness as you go through this painful time.
    Know that you are all loved from your extended family here in Alberta and British Columbia.

  8. Teri Lachermeier

    Dear Barb and family,

    Words cannot express how much Dan did for others. The fruits of his labor will continue as a legacy. His smile would light up a room. His words of wisdom always gave hope. He will be missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. May the Lord fill you with his presence during this difficult time of loss.


    Hello from Brazil. I had the honor of meeting him and being his Friend for so many years. He was actually my soccer coach in Buffalo when I was an exchange student there back in 1987. We had some great adventures in MN and in Brazil. Dan was a dear friend and will be missed. May God give comfort to the family and friends, and all of those Dan touched with his magical friendship.

  10. Bette and Gareth Crandall

    Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you through this time of unimaginable loss. May God’s infinite love surround you with comfort and peace and strengthen you as you walk these difficult days ahead.
    Holding you close in prayer,
    Cousins: Bette (Gareth) Crandall
    Lyle (Rita) Anderson

  11. Allison Moser

    Barb and family–

    Harvey and I were unable to attend the service today, but were thinking of you all. May your memories bring you comfort and peace as you journey through life without Dan.

    We had many conversations over the years with Dan as he secured all of our insurance needs. Janeen worked for him a Summer or two and enjoyed that as well.

    You are loved by all of those that attended today, sent cards, and are praying for you. Lean into them.

    Harvey and Allison

  12. Kjersti M. McKinley

    I just saw this today. I am so sorry for your loss. Being neighbors and church friends, he was one of the best.

  13. Angela Berthiaume

    This one is still shocking. Dan would always come into my work and visit with us girls. He would always tell us about his trips to Brazil. He would let us know when he was headed there, if he didn’t us see one of us, he would always ask if we had a nice few days off. He will definitely be missed.

  14. Régia T Miguel Rosa

    To Barb and family
    I’m Régia, from Brazil. Hope you remember who I am. I was Mike’s babysitter for a while when you lived in Campinas.
    I’m deeply sad about your loss. May God give the comfort to you and your family


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