By Echo Press

 This is part of a series articles highlighting winners in the Echo Press Best of the Lakes Area contest. For a full list of winners, look for our Best of the Lakes Area publication in newsstands around Alexandria or in the “Magazine Rack” section of

 Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory“Just like family. We are here when you need us.”

659 Voyager Drive, Alexandria

Anderson’s on Broadway


801 Broadway St., Alexandria

It’s been a memorable year for Anderson Funeral Home.

In October, it received the Business and Industrial Appreciation Day Award from the Alexandria Economic Development Commission and the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.It also earned a national “Pursuit of Excellence Award.”

And it was selected as Best Funeral Home in the Lakes Area.

The funeral home has a proud family history that stretches back to 1872, before Custer’s Last Stand took place at Little Bighorn.

“After four generations, our funeral home has walked alongside many families during some of the most difficult times in their lives,” said Craig Buysse, manager of the funeral home. “Families have entrusted us with the care of their loved ones. They know and trust that their family will be taken care of compassionately and professionally. I believe the families we have served over the years are appreciative of the care they have received from Anderson Funeral Home.”

Seven funeral directors and 27 support staff work at the home’s two locations in Alexandria.

They offer burial and cremation services, grief care programs, pre-planning services, and cemetery monuments and markers.

“We are also the only crematory in Douglas County,” Buysse added. “We also strive to be active in and supportive of many community events and organizations.”

In the past year, the funeral home has worked to expand its services and offerings.

“We’re creating more custom service folders, video tributes and funeral webcasts than ever before,” Buysse said.

They also achieved the Pursuit of Excellence Award through the National Funeral Directors Association in key areas of funeral service.

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