Iowa State meteorology student killed in crash 2 days before Christmas


Avery Andersen, 20, was a meteorology student, avid musician and Eagle Scout.

ATLANTIC, Iowa — Avery Andersen, a student at Iowa State University, was killed Thursday in a single-vehicle crash just a mile from his home, according to his obituary posted on

Andersen was driving on Olive Street in the Atlantic when his car lost traction on the frost-covered road, according to the Iowa State Patrol. The car began to fishtail and crossed the center line before rolling into a ditch.

Andersen’s obituary describes him as an avid musician and performer who was part of the Cyclone Hockey Pep Band and did the all-state choir as a senior at Atlantic High School. He also frequently sang the national anthem at the Des Moines Buccaneers games.

“Avery was born a cyclone. Avery’s passion for the state of Iowa led him to study meteorology at his beloved university,” the obituary reads. “Family and friends knew they could turn to Avery for a personal weather report at any time.”

Andersen was also a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in the Atlantic and a counselor at Ingham Okoboji’s Lutheran Bible Camp.

A GoFundMe for Andersen’s memorial and family has set a goal of $1,000 and has already raised over $2,700. You can donate to the fundraiser here.

The funeral will take place on December 28 in Atlantic. More information can be found here.

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