Russell Anderson, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the Villa Health Care Center in Mora. He was 82 years old.
A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 13, 2009 at the Grasston Baptist Church with Pastor Mark Aurand presiding. VISITATION will be from 5-7pm on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham and 1 hour prior to the service at church. INTERMENT will be in the Grasston Baptist Cemetery.
Russell Oliver Anderson passed away on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the Villa Health Care Center in Mora. He was 82 years old.
Russell was born September 22, 1926 at home in Comfort Township, Kanabec County, Minnesota to G.G. and Olive (Erickson) Anderson. He grew up on the family farm, attended the Bryant School through eighth grade and then attended Grasston High School, graduating in 1944. Russell farmed with his father after graduation. He attended Quamba Baptist Church with his family while growing up and was baptized at Grasston Baptist Church as a teenager. Russell met Charlene Johnson who was a good friend of his sister, Violet. Russell and Charlene were married June 1, 1951 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora. Four children were born to this union. Russell and Charlene lived for 53 years on a farm in Comfort Township less than a mile from the house in which he had been born. Early in their marriage, Russell continued to farm with his father and also worked at the Grasston Creamery making butter and emptying milk cans. After that, he worked for the Kanabec County Highway Department from 1956 until he retired in 1984. Russell was a member of Grasston Baptist Church for over 55 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and treasured his Savior, wife, children and grandchildren. Russell was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease in 2000. His health declined in the next years. He was a resident at Cedar Crest, an assisted living facility in Hutchinson, for several months in 2003 and 2004. Russell moved into the Villa in Mora in March 2005 where he lived until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Vernon, Glen who died in infancy and Eldon; brother-in-law Richard Anderson and sisters-in-law Lorraine Anderson and Viola Anderson.
Russell is survived by his wife Charlene of rural Mora; children Roger (and Jane) of Isanti, Rodney of Mora, Douglas (and Janet) of Hutchinson and Carol (and Nick) Rotvold of Apple Valley; grandchildren Judy, Richard, Raymond, Ryan and Rocelle Anderson, Erika, Kimberly, Phillip and Clara Anderson and Colin and Kirsten Rotvold; sisters Violet (and Russ) Adams of Grasston and Vivian (and Jack) Allen of North Branch; sister-in-law Lucille (and Herb) Sikkink of Hinckley; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.