Mar 18, 1956 - Feb 20, 2018
Dubois, WY – Arthur Spiser Andersen died on February 20, 2018, at his home in Dubois, Wyoming, while recuperating from surgery. He was 61.
Art was born in San Angelo, Texas, on March 18, 1956, to Harvey O. Andersen and Louise Spiser Andersen. After ranching in the Eden, Texas, area for several years the family moved to the Andersen farm at Badger, South Dakota, in 1960.
Art attended the Badger School in the early grades and finished his education at Arlington High School in Arlington, South Dakota, where he graduated in 1974.
Art continued farming with his father and eventually took over the operation, expanding to farm land in several counties of South Dakota as well as Texas.
Art became a pilot as a young man and logged more than 4,500 hours in single-engine and twin-engine airplanes as well as helicopters. He was a gun expert and collector, and he accumulated a large number of trophies from North America and Africa. He developed a hunting preserve on the Badger farm and provided guided pheasant hunts.
He sold his interests in South Dakota following his father’s death in 2004 and moved to Dubois, Wyoming, where he purchased the Longhorn Motel and RV Park along the Wind River.
After selling the Longhorn he purchased a ranch in Spearfish, South Dakota, and continued offering guided pheasant hunting. His dream to build a museum for his trophy mounts was never realized.
Art kept his residence in Dubois and flew search and rescue missions for Fremont County, Wyoming, up until the summer before he died.
He was married twice and divorced twice, first to Jeri Bickett of Lake Preston, South Dakota, and later to Charlotte Balcer of Missouri. He had no children.
He is survived by his sister Tena Haraldson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and two nephews, Andrew Comet Haraldson of Boulder, Colorado, and John Arthur Haraldson of Sioux Falls, along with many loving friends and hunting partners.
Art will be buried in the Eden, Texas, cemetery. Plans for a memorial service are pending.