A few days ago, I discovered that a long-time business in my home base town of Fort Dodge, Iowa had closed down. It was the last ‘Full Service’ Gas Station in the city, and probably in the state. More significant was the loss of one of the most honest, fair-minded, skilled mechanics that I was privileged to have worked on my various vehicles since moving here in 2011.
Anderson Station served customers in this location since 1977. Doyle Anderson and his wife took over the business from his parents who first opened the station 43 years ago in the downtown area. They catered to an older demographic and a loyal clientele who didn’t mind paying a cent or two more than the competition for a higher level of service when the tank needed to be filled.
It was my experience that when something needed attention with my cars, pick up, and RVs, that I have owned while a resident here, Doyle earned the trust he had built up over the years for his honesty in diagnosing the problem, providing a realistic estimate on the solution, and fixing the issue the first time. There was never an instance when I wasn’t surprised at how low the bill would be.
It seemed like Doyle could handle anything with an engine as well. He took the time to tune up my lawnmower a few years ago, along with my snow blower. Both units continue to operate properly with no issues.
His business philosophy should serve as a blueprint for many other businesses. The best service at the best price while treating customers like the good neighbors they are. We are sad to see Anderson Station turn off the open sign for the last time. It will be missed.