AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Melvin Anderson, of Mora, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Walker Methodist Levande in Cambridge. He was 90 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora with Rev. Michael Rue officiating.
VISITATION will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the church on Tuesday.
INTERMENT will be at the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery.
MEMORIALS to Walker Methodist Levande, St. Croix Hospice and Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Melvin Gustaf Anderson, of Mora, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Walker Methodist Levande in Cambridge. He was 90 years old.
Mel was born June 1, 1928 in Mora, Minnesota to parents Melvin Sr. and Minnie (Smith) Anderson. He grew up on the family farm, the youngest of five siblings, and attended Brook Park School through the 10th grade. He then attended Pine City High School and graduated in 1946. During high school summers, he worked for the Great Northern Railroad. From 1946 to 1950, Mel worked construction for his brother-in-law in Alvarado, MN.
He enlisted in the US Navy and served from 1950-1954. He was stationed in the Pacific on Kwajalein, Guam and Philippines. Upon completing his military service, he returned to Mora and worked for Blaw Knox. There he met his wife, Janet Carlson, and they were married on September 21, 1957 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora. Mel and Jan had two daughters, Teresa and Karin. In 1964 he started working as a semi-truck driver for Land O’ Lakes hauling ice cream until his retirement in 1991.
Mel enjoyed restoring antique farm tools and wheelbarrows, old and new cars, camping, traveling, auctions, cutting wood, semi-trucks, and large equipment. He loved spending time with family and friends. He was always ready and willing to help others. Mel was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In 2006, after injuries from a tour bus accident in Mexico, Mel assumed much of Jan’s care. He was an extraordinary caregiver. He lovingly took on this role until his own health declined at which time he and Jan relocated to Cambridge.
Mel was preceded in death by his parents; brother Edward (Ruth) Anderson; sisters, Jessie (Daniel) Hanson and Mildred (Chester) Dahlgren; niece Kay Berry; nephews, John Hanson, Richard Hanson and Thomas Dahlgren.
Mel is survived by his wife Janet of Cambridge; children, Teresa (Stephen) Brown and Karin (Robert) Goebel; grandchildren, Jessica (Joel) Edwall, Allison (Omar) Flores Goebel, Stephanie (Tony) Blankers, Laura Goebel and Kurt Brown; great-grandson Melvin Blankers; sister Eva Harapat; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.