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home : obituaries : obituaries May 24, 2016

11/14/2013 4:05:00 PM
Russell Anderson

Russell Anderson, age 92, of Chisago City died on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at his residence. 

Russell was born on January 7, 1921 in Center City to parents, Charles and Mary (Shobert) Anderson. He attended grade school in Almelund and high school in North Branch. He also graduated from the Minnesota School of Business and later from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business Administration. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy in July 1942 and was commissioned in 1945. Russell served as a radioman in the early part of his enlistment and when discharged was an air traffic control officer on an aircraft carrier. He married Elvina Sellman on October 15, 1949 and they had two children, daughter, Beth and son, Bruce. 

Russell started working at the Farmers State Bank of Almelund after graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1948. Together with his brother, Clifford, bought a controlling interest in the bank in 1960 and Russell served as president of the bank until he sold his bank stock in 1976 and retired. Russell loved fishing, bowling, dancing, golfing and playing cribbage. He enjoyed spending time with his grandsons and great grandchildren. He was also involved with many activities throughout his life like serving with the Lions Club, Almelund Fire Dept., County Park Board and helping organize the Almelund Threshing Show. 

He led a Swedish History group at Green Acres Nursing Home for many years, delivered Meals on Wheels and sang with a barbershop choir and quartet. Russell was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Almelund and over the years served the church in many capacities as a choir member, on the board of administration as well as serving as chairman of the church 100th Anniversary Committee. He also enjoyed his time with Elvina spending 20 years wintering in southern Texas. Russell is survived by his wife, Elvina; daughter, Beth (Vern) Krebs of Blooming Prairie; son Bruce (Lynne Gertz) Anderson of Denver, CO; brother, Clifford (Betty) Anderson of Woodbury; grandchildren, Jacob (Iryna) Krebs of Seattle, WA; Andrew (Carolyn) Krebs of Eagan; Luke (Mary) Krebs of Phoenix, AZ; Eli (Nicole) Anderson and Jason Anderson both of Denver, CO; his three great grandchildren, Ian, Isaac and Brynn Krebs. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Vernette. 

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 16, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Almelund with Rev. Marla Amborn officiating. Serving as organist will be JoAnn Nielsen and soloists will be Jon Ekstrom and Norm Peterson. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday. Private family interment will take place in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Fairview Hospice. Arrangements are by Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom. Condolences maybe left at www.grandstrandfh.com

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