ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Kenneth E. Anderson, 89, of Estherville will be held 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Estherville with Pastor Frederik Jensen officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at East Side Cemetery in Estherville with military graveside rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville..
He died Friday, March 16, 2012, at Rosewood Manor in Estherville.
Kenneth Eugene Anderson, the son of Clifford and Dora (Bergren) Anderson, was born April 22, 1922, near East Chain, Minn., on the John Anderson farm. It was a twin birth. Kathryn Arlene had been born just a few minutes before and then the doctor uttered the surprise that there was another baby coming.
Kenneth E. Anderson
Kenneth grew up on farms in Kossuth County after the family moved. He attended country schools nearby the rented farms and later Swea City Consolidated School in the town of Swea City, graduating from high school in 1940. He farmed a short time after graduation with his dad, but then went into the army when World War II commenced. He served overseas in New Guinea in the Quartermaster Gas Supply Service. After returning from the wartime service, he lived with his parents.
Kenny met and married Miriam Preston. For a short time they lived with Clifford, Dora and Marilyn. Soon they took residence a few miles away on their own rented farm. There they lived with their three children that arrived to bless their family, Janet Eloise, Arlene Kay and John Allen. In the mid-1950's the family made a decision to leave farming and start a new life in the larger town of Estherville. After some jobs in grocery stores the family purchased a home on First Avenue South, which for many years has been Kenny's home. Kenny went to work for the Morrell Meat Packing Company for many years, working in the boning of Morrell's hams department. Kenny always has enjoyed living in the close proximity to the Lakes region of Spirit Lake and Lake Okoboji. He has taken many fish from these lakes, night fishing from shore for walleye or northern pike. One time he landed a very large northern, which was stuffed and hung on their front porch room for a long time before he took it up to the card room for display. There were many times of fishing through the ice also for panfish and walleye and the Des Moines River provided bullhead fishing. Later years, golfing became a pastime with brothers-in-law from Miriam's large family. Miriam passed away June 2009.
He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Estherville.
Left to cherish Kenny's memory are his children, Janet Anderson of Estherville, Arlene Fox and her husband, Al, of Rollingstone, Minn. and John A. Anderson and his wife, Bev, of Estherville; grandchildren, Bobbi, Amy, Allen, Andy and John's step-son, Dan; great-grandchildren, Rachel, Hannah, Matthew and Dan's little girls; twin sister, Kathryn Basford, of Gladstone, Ore. and sister, Marilyn Miles, of Gladstone.
Preceding Kenny in death were his wife; parents; brother, Keith; golf partner and brother-in-law, Keith Griffith and best friend and fishing buddy, Vern Carlson. Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com