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Gene Anderson, of Mora, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.  He was 70 years old.

A Public Celebration of Life will be rescheduled for January of 2022.

INTERMENT will be a private family only time at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

MEMORIALS are preferred to the family or a worthy cause of your choice, in lieu of flowers.

Gene Francis Anderson, of Mora, passed away on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at his home. He was 70 years old.

Gene was born on June 5, 1951 in Mora Minnesota to Frances (Robinson) and Robert Anderson. He graduated from Mora High School in 1969 and went on to receive a degree in Mechanical Drafting from Pine Technical college. While in school, Gene worked as a cook at Mr. Dee’s in Mora.

On February 27, 1971, Gene was united in marriage to Janice Orstad at the Mora United Methodist Church. They made their home in Mora and raised two sons, Greg and Matt and welcomed two daughters-in-law and 5 grandchildren. In 1973, Gene began his 37-year career with the City of Mora. In charge of street maintenance, Gene enjoyed the quiet early mornings of street sweeping, but not so much the middle of those cold nights snow plowing. He also oversaw the care of the Oakwood Cemetery and the Mora airport. He retired in 2011. Gene spent 31 years on the Mora Fire Department, serving as chief for his last 18 years before retiring in 2008. He was the driving force in the building of the new fire station and securing the return of the department’s first pumper truck.

Never one to sit idle, Gene served as a Kanabec County Commission for 11 years and was currently the board chair. He was a lifetime member of the Mora United Methodist Church having served as trustee and was active with the men’s club and other committees. He was involved with the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Builds in other states and also locally; as well as numerous other boards benefiting the community over the years. A talented carpenter and wood worker, Gene enjoyed building projects that included a treehouse and playhouse for his kids and grandkids and a garden shed for Jan; and was currently working on a bunk house for his place on Knife Lake. As part of the Studebaker club, Gene loved to travel to conventions across the country. He was always on the lookout for a good estate sale or rare vintage car parts along the way. Gene will always be remembered as a hardworking man who made such a positive impact on his community. He will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by his father Robert, infant son Jeremy, and brother Terry (Christine) Anderson.

He is survived by his mother Frances; wife Jan; sons, Greg (Christine) and Matt (Dana); 5 grandchildren, Kallan, Sofia, Gillian, Ryan, and Stella; brothers, Mike (Jody) and Lee Anderson (Barb); sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret Woolery, Curt (Barb) Orstad, John (Darlene) Orstad, and Steve (Donna) Orstad; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and countless friends.


12 thoughts on “GENE F. ANDERSON”

  1. Karen L. Phillips (Gene’s favorite Cousin from Oregon)
    Originally, Karen Lynn Robinson, Granddaughter of Harvey & Esther Robinson, of Mora, MN.
    I grew up with Gene, who was quite a tease, but I’d give it right back to him… I still cannot believe it, I truely miss you Gene… My prayers to Jan and Family… God Bless.

  2. Many thoughts and prayers to the Anderson family. Gene was a well known man in the community, and a great friend and neighbor. He will surely be missed by all.

  3. My prayers to Jan and the family. I remember Gene when I was student teaching. He always had a smile on his face and treated me kindly. For a student teacher sometimes that is wonderful. Later on when I was teaching in Mora he still had that smile and was always willing to chat. Our son worked for him on summer while he was in college and only had good things to say about the man. He said he wasn’t afraid to get dirty like the rest of the crew.

    May he rest in peace.

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with Jan and family. He was such a kind caring person and will be missed. Praying for comfort and peas for you and your family.

  5. “The boys” from the former Mora Welding Shop send their condolences to the Anderson family — Tom Masloski and Dick Schultz.

  6. Dear Jan,

    Clare and I were shocked at Gene’s sudden passing. We send you our condolences.

    I had a funeral in Alexandria today for Mora Dentist Dr.Swenson’s sister-in-law. He mentioned he knows you and Gene. He was flabbergasted to hear of Gene’s death, especially since he had just seen and spoken to him a few days ago.

    Please accept our condolences.

  7. So sorry to hear this news. Thoughts and prayers to the Anderson family. Gene was a great boss the summers I worked for the city and enjoyed my time working for him.

  8. So sorry for your loss. How ironic is it that Gene always loved my mom’s car and their funerals are the same day at separate funeral homes.

  9. I was shocked to hear of Gene’s passing. He was a great friend. He always made it a point to visit me when he would come to Florida with Jan
    He will be truly missed by all. Prayers go out to the entire family.

  10. Gene was a great guy and will be missed. Gene touched and made a difference in his community, and in the lives of those blessed to meet him. We have a beautiful home because of his work with Habitat for Humanity and we will never forget working with him on that. Prayers to the family during this difficult time and the days ahead without Gene.

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