Gene Anderson, of Mora, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. He was 70 years old.
CELBRATION OF LIFE will be held from 2:00-4:00 pm on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Mora Fire Hall.
A TIME OF SHARING will be held at 2:30 pm
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.