WELCOME - A Celebration of Life Service for Clarence A. Andersen, 95, of rural Welcome, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Welcome, Minn., with Pastor Wayne Fritzinger, officiating. Burial will be in Welcome City Cemetery, Welcome, Minn.
Clarence was called to his eternal rest on Monday afternoon, Sept. 1, 2014, at the Lutz Wing of Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont, Minn. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Kramer Family Funeral Home in Welcome and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.kramerfuneralhome.com.
Clarence Andrew Andersen was born Sept. 26, 1918, in Pipestone County, Minn., son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Mielke) Andersen. He grew up in Ruthton, Minn., and later moved to the New Ulm area. In 1927, the family came by train to farm in Fox Lake Township. He attended country school 22A in Fox Lake Township. On June 4, 1939, he was united in marriage to Velma Hill at St. John's United Church of Christ in Fairmont, Minn. After their marriage they farmed in Fox Lake Township and raised their family. The continued living on the farm in rural Welcome until becoming a resident of Goldfinch Estates in Fairmont. Velma died on May 28, 2013. Since April of 2014, Clarence has been a resident of the Lutz Wing. He was a very active member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Welcome where he held various church offices. Clarence served on the Fox Lake Township Board for over 50 years and was the longest consectative holding public office in the State of Minnesota. He served as President and Officer for the Production Credit Association (PCA) in Fairmont and was Regional Officer for them. He also served as lobbyist for farm issues in Minnesota and nationally in Washington D.C. He greatly enjoyed working in their flower garden and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by son, Tom and wife, Joan Andersen of Fairmont, Minn.; daughter, Kay and husband, Butch Rowan of Granada, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Velaski, Bryan and wife, Sara Andersen, Cory and wife, Carisa Andersen, Erin Andersen, Kellen Andersen, Angie and husband, Jeremy Scheff and Andy Rowan; nine great-grandchildren, Carson, Doran and Luke Velaski, Charlotte Andersen, Kylan, Colsan and Keatan Andersen, Kimberlie and Katelyn Scheff; sister, LaVonne Villa of Westbrook, Minn.; and other relatives and friends. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Velma Andersen; sisters and brothers-in-law, Fern and Vic Nelson, Evelyn and Edwin Kropp, and Keith Villa; and other relatives.