by Elaine Anderson

So who was this guy? The one whose family and friends wanted to place a tribute along the bike trail to honor him and how much he loved Twin Lakes. The one who will never grow older than thirty-eight in memories of summer fun.

Going on eight years was the perfect age for a boy to have his parents decide to buy a cottage at Twin Lakes. It meant swim lessons at the Y so water safety wasn’t an issue when horsing around with two older brothers.

Luckily the neighbors Glenn and Jean Moore had a grandson named John who was just his age. The boys had fun sinking and climbing on an old fishing boat, catching garter snakes and seeing who could be the first one in the cold lake in the spring. The Woodruff boys were also in the neighborhood at that time. Many more activities known only to the guys made for good lake buddies.

Long before exotic water toys came to the lake, inner tubes provided hours of play. Various sizes could be piled for king of the mountain games amid gales of laughter. Tubing was great sport on a rope tied behind the boat. Floating in a tube was always a temptation for somebody to be capsized. Prior to wake boards, water skiing was the big sport, first with a pair and then the slalom. It wasn’t until another young neighbor, Dave Linder got in the water with a reluctant boy to get him positioned, that he took off and never had problems again. Three framed pictures on the cottage wall of the three young brothers on slalom skis creating big sprays made good memories.

There were other aspects of this young life to be remembered. He was an honor student in the Boone school system and enjoyed many friends. Music was a major interest in high school particularly, as a percussionist. Kip played in marching band, concert band, orchestra, as well as swing choir and All State Band.

Graduation from Boone High School in 1985 was a stepping-stone to Luther College at Decorah where his area of study was business management and economics. In 1989 he graduated with a BA degree. While at Luther college, music continued to be a part of his life. Participation in the Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra presented Kip with opportunities for travel on national and international tours.

All the while in high school and college, summer weekends at the lake were a priority. Many friends shared fun times and the Anderson family knew the W-66 (7595 Twin Lakes Road) purchase was a wise choice.

Employment after college made a big change in lake time for Kip. First in Des Moines and then a move to the Kansas City area, he was associated with several different firms specializing in advanced sales of life insurance and financial planning. Continuing studies earned him his CFP, CLU and ChFC certifications.

Cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs and Iowa Hawkeyes were his passions. The annual fishing trip to Canada for walleye with his dad, brothers, Jeff and Todd, and nephews were anticipated and planned from one year to the next. A big fish fry always followed at Twin Lakes.

Kip Richard Anderson was baptized as an infant and confirmed his faith in God at Augustana Lutheran Church in Boone. In 1992 the marriage of Kip and Cynthia Cole took place in Kansas City; the couple was later divorced. Much of his life was devoted to being a good friend and caring for others.

A brief illness caused a fatal cardiac arrhythmia, which ended his life too soon. Left to mourn his passing are his parents, Dr. John and Elaine (Rouse) Anderson of Boone; brothers, Dr. Jeff (Mary Ellen) Anderson of Johnston and Todd (Lisa) Anderson of Cedar Rapids; niece, Krista; nephews, Ryan, Erik and Krister; uncles, Dr. Wayne (Joyce) Rouse of Boone and Dale (Kay) Rouse of Terril; and many cousins and friends.