DUNNELL - A Celebration of Life Service for Johnny V. Anderson, 100, of Dunnell, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dunnell, with Pastor Nancy Isaacson officiating. Burial will be in First Lutheran Cemetery, in rural Trimont, Minn., with full military honors by the Thomas P. Saxton American Legion Post #356 and Sherburn Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8261.
Johnny was called to his eternal rest on Saturday morning, Dec. 8, 2012, at Sanford Medical Center in Jackson, Minn., surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today at Kramer Family Funeral Home in Sherburn, and one hour prior to the services at the church in Dunnell on Wednesday.
Messages of sympathy may be sent online to the family at www.kramerfuneralhome.com
John Victor Anderson is the sixth of eight children of Johan Viktor and Selma (Johansson) Anderson and was born on Dec. 14, 1911, in Cottonwood County, Minn. He received his education in Cottonwood County. In 1921, he moved with his family to the Trimont area and worked for various farmers. On June 28, 1941, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. On May 30, 1943, he was united in marriage to Ethelyn Larson in the chapel at Jackson Army Barracks in New Orleans during World War II. After his honorable discharge on Dec. 13, 1945, they moved to Rockford, Ill., where they were employed at American Cabinet Corporation until 1947, when they moved to a farm in Galena Township, rural Ormsby. In 1956, they moved to a farm in Lake Fremont Township, Martin County, Minn. In 1972, they moved to their present farm in Jay Township. Ethelyn died Feb. 21, 1987. On Dec. 20, 1987, Johnny was united in marriage to Dorothy Jean (Vandermoon) Corey at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dunnell, Minn. After their marriage, they lived in Dunnell and he helped his sons on the farm. Johnny was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he at one time served on the church council and was an usher. He also was a member of the Thomas P. Saxton American Legion Post #356 of Sherburn and the Dunnell Senior Citizens. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his family, dancing, fishing and bowling. Johnny was the Martin County Corn Husker Champion in 1939.
Survivors include; his wife, Dorothy Anderson of Dunnell, Minn.; his children, Gary L. (Sandy) Anderson of Dunnell, Minn., Anita (Doug) Lutterman of Jackson, Minn., Gayle Anderson of Dunnell, Pamela (Michael) Dunn of Meriden, Iowa, Brent (Shelly) Anderson of Estherville, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Elaine Anderson of Trimont, Minn., and Arlene Larson of Sherburn, Minn.; step sister-in-law, Mildred (Bob) Gemmill of rural Trimont; step-children, Michael (Kathy) Harmelink of Cherokee, Iowa, Susan (Bill) Museus of North Mankato, Barbara Nava of Byron, Minn., Colleen (Eric) Maranville of Minnetonka, Minn., and David Corey of Maui, Hawaii; step grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Johnny is preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Ethelyn Anderson; son, Brian Anderson on Sept. 26, 1998; infant son, Dana Anderson; brothers, Arthur, Hjalmer, Siguard, Frank and Harold; sisters, Margaret Sandberg and Elsie Nelson; and other relatives.