Brian David Anderson

Brian David Anderson

Brian David Anderson, age 43, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on Monday, August 15, 2022, at UW Hospital. He was born on January 2, 1979 in Madison, the son of James and Janet (Garrett) Anderson. He grew up in Madison, and in 1997 went on to college at UW Platteville, where he met the love of his life. Then later in life, he worked as a massage therapist.

Brian enjoyed playing video games, playing Magic the Gathering, watching live steams, visiting with friends, camping, and sitting around campfires. Above all, he loved to cook and travel! Brian, known as Garrett Shellhammer, was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, played with the Household of the Great Dark Horde, in the Canton of Coille Stoirmeil, in the Kingdom of Northshield. His favorite activity was building and playing period games. He also enjoyed listening to Bardic songs and stories around the campfire, writing and drawing period pieces, and participating in Fletching.

Brian is survived by his fiancé, Lyn Andreasen; his parents, Jim and Janet Anderson; brothers, Peter and Billy (Jen) Anderson; niece, Maddy; soon to be step-son, Alex; aunts and uncles: Linda (Dennis) Brager, David (April) Anderson, Karl Anderson, Suzy Reardon, Skip (Chrys) Garrett, Lorene Garrett, Michael Garrett and many other relatives. Also, close friends: Dan, Sarah, Gretchen, Danielle, Lexi, Mama and Papa; and Fur babies: Tyrael and Luna.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; uncles, David Garrett and Tim Reardon; aunt, Barbie Anderson; and Fur baby, Eve.

Private family services will be held.

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Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services
5701 Odana Road