Dennis John Anderson, of Mora, died on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at the Veterans Medical Center in St. Cloud, MN. He was 70 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 1 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora. VISITATION will be from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Friday, July 31 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Chapel, plus 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. INTERMENT will be at a later date at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Brunswick.
Denny was born on January 2, 1939 in Brunswick Township to Austin and Esther (Jorgenson) Anderson. He grew up in Mora along with his two sisters and two brothers. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in 1952. He graduated from Mora High School in 1956.
He served in the Army, the 82nd Airborne Paratroopers Division and was among one of the first paratroopers to test jumping out of helicopters in 1957. He then worked overseas construction in Greenland building Missile Bases.
On April 20, 1963 he was united in marriage to Theresa “Terry” M. Fisch at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church of St. Louis Park. To this union four children were born, Jennifer, Jami, Jeff and Jason.
He owned Hopkins Auto Upholstery in Hopkins, MN and Denny’s Upholstery in Mora. While in Hopkins he mainly serviced car dealerships throughout the metro area, and boat work from Lake Minnetonka. Another part of the business was restoring interiors in antique cars, Model A’s and T’s; also customizing 1950’s cars for special car shows over the years.
A special time for Denny and his family was living on Knife Lake for 18 years, where he and Terry raised their children. Relatives and friends gathered there and had a wonderful view, boating, leisure times and barbecues.
He was preceded in death by his parents Austin and Ester; stepfather Jeff Sundby; and stepmother Agda Anderson; brother Austin Anderson, Jr. and his wife Mary; plus four brothers-in-law.
He is survived by his wife Terry of Mora; children Jennifer Anderson of Mora, Jami (Chris) Lushanko of Chisago City, Jeff (Kate) of Mora, Jason (Katie) of Mora; grandchildren Cory, Megan, Trevor and Landon Lushanko of Chisago City, Brenna and Brody Anderson of Mora, Emma, Elliana and Gracie Anderson of Mora; sisters Joanne Jackson of San Jose, CA, Marcia Emerson of Cathysvalley, CA; brother Don (Noreen) of Venice, FL; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 1st at Emmanuel Baptist Church of Mora with Rev Victor Elfstrum and Rev. Mike Norton officiating. Music was provided by Paulette Venhuizen and Carol Reynolds. Pallbearers were Jim Driscoll, Joe Caron, Brian Jacobson, Nate Rod, Bob Anderson, Brad Jacobson and Bob Strom. Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Brunswick with military honors by Mora American Legion Post 201.