Dennis “Doc” Anderson, 73, passed away at home on Oct. 10, 2019, surrounded by love after suffering from a rare muscle disease, autoimmune necrotizing myopathy, for the past three years.
    Dennis graduated as salutatorian from Gwinn High School and continued on to Northern Michigan University, where he received his bachelor of science and master’s degrees. He graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1974 from Michigan State University with honors. He then owned and operated the Escanaba Veterinary Practice before moving to Menominee, where he purchased Bayshore Veterinary Clinic. The business thrived and became well known because of his love for animals, his compassion and excellent surgical skills. He was known to be available day or night to pull out porcupine quills or to put an ailing animal to sleep. He did it for the love of his profession. He was born to be a vet. He sold Bayshore, but continued to practice there while also commuting to Green Bay, where he worked at Packerland Veterinary Center, before starting his lifelong dream of owning a mobile practice. Dennis started M&M Veterinary House Call Practice with assistant and friend Patti Kloida. Dennis’ practice again thrived. He was able to help the elderly who were unable to bring their animals to the clinics and to assist sick animals to die peacefully in their own homes with their owners beside them. Dennis would take each and every loss to heart. His disease continued to take his ability to walk, but did not take his spirit or his desire to provide loving care to all who needed it.
    Dennis is survived by his son, Leif Anderson of Minneapolis, Minn.; his daughter, Laura Anderson of New York; and their mother, Patricia (Bechtold) Anderson of Menominee; sisters: Dianne (David) Lahtinen of Gladstone, Mich.; and Debbie (Richard) Morgan of Portland, Ore.; brother, Darwin Anderson of Little Lake, Mich.; fiancée, Kathleen Jackson of Marinette; and his beloved dogs, Eiffel and Lola. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents: Earl Albert Anderson and Dorothy Elizabeth Joyce (Bruce) Anderson; aunts and uncles, and two nephews.
    At Doc’s request, a celebration of his life will take place at Murray’s Irish Pub, Menominee, Saturday, Nov. 9, from 2 to 7 p.m., with pizza served from 4 to 6. There will be an opportunity to hear and share stories about his life from 3:30 forward.
    The family would like to thank James Martell, Dr. Karen Eldevick, Dr. Peter Fergus and his nurse, Susie; Unity Hospice, Patti Kloida, Rita and Jamie Tuch, and caregivers, Joanne Kirby and Diane Ries, for their excellent care and compassion.