Kenneth Anderson, 1937-2020

Published 1:00 am Saturday, January 4, 2020

Kenneth Eugene Anderson, 82, of Blooming Prairie passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at Thorne  Crest Senior Living Community in Albert Lea.

Kenneth Anderson

Kenneth was born to Julius and Florence Anderson on May 25, 1937, on the Anderson family farm in rural Lansing. While growing up, Kenneth attended the District 30 Joint Taylor country school near Corning.

After Kenneth’s schooling, he served his country in the Army Airborne from 1955 to 1959. 

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In 1956, Kenneth married Sharon Johnson in Lafayette, Georgia. 

In 1973, Kenneth started working as a truck driver for Ulland Brothers Road Construction of Albert Lea. While doing so, Kenneth loved his job and notoriously loved to visit with people, as well as hear and tell stories. Also in 1973, Kenneth began farming the family farm, another job that he loved dearly. At age 64, Kenny retired from Ulland Brothers in 2001, after working there 28 years. He continued farming for a few years after his retirement.

Kenneth is survived by his loving and supporting wife of 63 years, Sharon; three daughters, Julie (Jim) Drake of Duluth, Kendra (Steven) Bartelt of Austin and Kari (Brian) Srsen of Austin; two sisters, Jean (Elden) Huemann of Austin and Karen Kinney of Austin; two brothers, Dwayne Anderson of Glenville and Russell (Linda) Anderson of Austin; many nieces and nephews; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents Julius and Florence Anderson; three brothers, Nathan Anderson, Lyle Anderson and Rueben Anderson; and nine half-brothers and half-sisters. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church Tuesday. Interment will be in Fairview-Oakland Cemetery in rural Oakland. Military rites will be provided by American Legion Post 91 and Veterans of Foreign Wars  Post 1216. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at