Ken Anderson: Mail carrier dies in tragic accident just hours before retirement

Ken Anderson: Mail carrier dies in tragic accident just hours before retirement
Ken Anderson died on April 21 (

YPSILANTI, NORTH DAKOTA: An elderly man, who was excited about his retirement after around thirty years of service as a mail carrier, died hours before it. Ken Anderson reportedly became a victim of an accident that did not give him time to recover. Ken was making travel plans with his wife Judy Anderson to spend his free days but that also went away with him.

Judy told WFSB, “He enjoyed his job, that’s for sure.” It has been said that the man was serving his last working day while delivering mails on April 21 when he struck slush on the road and suffered severely. At the time, he was conscious as he called 911 for help but could not be saved.


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'It is heartbreaking'

His wife shared about her late husband with InForum, “He liked to fish with his brother and that picture of him bundled up, that was in his ice house.” Further, Ken’s daughter Shannon Moran said, “He was always there for everybody.” Besides, one of Ken’s sons Chris stated that his father was a God lover and always made sure to go to Church despite adverse conditions.


Describing a winter storm incident, he noted, “He gave us three boys scoop shovels and we started at the house to the mailbox. A quarter mile. We hand-shoveled the driveway so we could get out. But we made it to church.” The elderly man’s other son Patrick added, “To be so sudden, to lose your dad so suddenly, it is heartbreaking.”

'He loved spending time with his kids and grandkids'

An obituary has now been published honoring Ken as it read, “Ken lived a life of service, dedicated to his family, his church, and his community. He enjoyed many years of hunting, fishing, board games, and playing cards. Pinocle was his favorite. He loved spending time with his kids and grandkids and sharing these passions with them.”


It continued, “Besides working on the family farm and raising cattle, Ken worked for Kamlitz House Movers, and spent the last many years of his life as a rural mail carrier for the US Postal Service,” before adding, “He is survived by his wife, Judy, daughters Shannon Moran and Tina (Sheldon) Schlenker, sons Christopher (Jessie) Anderson, Matthew Anderson (LaReina), and Patrick Anderson, grandchildren Alex (Lauren), Dylan (Sam), Tyler (Lorie), Tracy, Kendal, Pierce, Danica, Tyra (Mike), and Bryce, and great-granddaughter Raelynn, his brother Don (Marty) and sister Joann.”

'Such a kind man'

Below the obituary, many people expressed their grief over Ken’s death as one wrote, “Our condolences on the loss of Ken. We only knew him as a mail carrier, but he was so good at it and good to us- dropping off mail in our pickup when it was too big for the box or delivering it to the door. Such a kind man. We miss him.”


Another one posted, “Ken was such a nice man. He was our mailman for several years until we moved. He was ALWAYS so nice and friendly, and polite. We were terribly sorry to hear of his accident and passing! Wishing his entire family strength, comfort, and blessings, during this time of grief. You are already missed, our friend! Rest in Peace, in Jesus' arms!” “Judy and family - I’m so saddened by your loss. I did not know Ken well, but what I knew - was he was a kind soul. Judy - I’m so sorry,” a person added.

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 Ken Anderson: Mail carrier dies in tragic accident hours before retirement