Ardel “Andy” Verle Anderson, of Mora, died on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He was 79 years old.

He was born Jan. 26, 1941 at his family’s home in Starkweather, North Dakota to parents Earl and Carrie Anderson. He grew up on the family farm and attended Starkweather High School where he was active in sports. Following high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Kepler.

Upon his return to the States, he met his future wife while out in Minneapolis with friends. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Ann Johnson in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora on July 30, 1966. Together they raised their children to love the outdoors, camping, baseball, reading and each other.

He spent most of his career in the field of data processing. However, when times got hard he found new jobs as needed to provide for his family, working as an insurance salesman, storage facility manager and security guard. Most recently, he was a proud volunteer grandparent working to support the youth at the local elementary school. He was also a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

His hobbies included cribbage, a love of reading, golf, collecting coins and coming up with amazing one-liners (During a high school play in Starkweather, he is on record for having said, “I’m a pretty petunia in an onion patch.”).

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister. 

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Anderson, of Mora; children, Theresa Borchardt of Minneapolis; Angela (Rory) Hunt of St. Cloud, Blaze Anderson of Dallas and Morgan (Amber) Anderson of Denver; grandchildren, Danika Hunt, Ema Hunt, Evi Anderson, Kendyl Anderson, Emmry Anderson, Vivian Anderson and Stella Anderson; as well as loving sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. The Cremation Society of Minnesota will handle all arrangements, and his memorial service will take place in the spring.

Jan. 26, 1941 — Dec. 30,2020

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