Arthur Anderson, 1932-2019
Published 1:00 am Thursday, March 28, 2019
Funeral services for Arthur “Art” Anderson will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Salem Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Erica Cunningham will officiate. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the start of the service at the church. Interment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Art passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at The Woodlands at St. John’s Lutheran Community. He was 87.
Arthur Alfred Anderson was born Jan. 26, 1932, to Otto and Gladys (Hagen) Anderson in Albert Lea. He attended and graduated from Albert Lea High School. Following school he joined the United States Army and served his country honorably from 1952 to 1955.
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On June 7, 1958, Art was united in marriage to Roselyn (Lembke) at Salem Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. To this union, four children were born.
Art spent 32 years working for Wilson & Co. When he wasn’t working, Art was involved at Salem Lutheran Church, serving on the church council and as an usher. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles Club and Moose Club. Art served in numerous organizations in his life. He was on the Salvation Army board, was president of Albert Lea Senior Citizens for two years and was a trustee for the Wilson & Co. retirement board. Art was also the chairman of the Freeborn County DFL party for 22 years, and Roselyn was vice chairwoman. He was chosen to be a delegate to the Electoral College to elect President Barack Obama and Joe Biden in 2008. He also was able to attend Obama’s inauguration in Washington, D.C.
Annual fishing trips up north with his family were always something Art looked forward to. Above all, spending time with his grandchildren and being a part of their activities were some of Art’s best memories.
He is preceded in death by parents Otto and Gladys; sisters Virginia, Anna Mae, Leona, Shirley, Bonnie and Darla Jean, in infancy; and brother, Alan, in infancy.
Art is survived by his wife of 60 years, Roselyn; children Lori (Steve) Burnham, Deb (Randy) Kolling, Jim (Diane) Anderson and Gerald (Kari) Anderson; grandchildren Peter (Julissa) Burnham, Rachel Burnham, Joshua (Liz) Kolling, Bethany (Matt) Catlin, Wade (Heather) Kolling, Will (Nicole) Anderson, Lance Anderson, Tor Anderson, Kaia Anderson and Gunnar Anderson; great-grandchildren Connor, Brooke, Mia and Dean; as well as many other loving relatives and friends.
The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at The Woodlands at St. John’s Lutheran Community for the compassionate care shown toward Art.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Salem Lutheran Church roof fund, St. John’s foundation or Mayo Clinic Home Health and Hospice.
Blessed be his memory.