Melvin Gustaf Anderson, of Mora, died on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Walker Methodist Levande in Cambridge. He was 90 years old.
He was born June 1, 1928 in Mora, to parents Melvin Sr. and Minnie (Smith) Anderson. He grew up on the family farm, the youngest of five siblings, and attended Brook Park School through the 10th grade. He then attended Pine City High School and graduated in 1946. During high school summers, he worked for the Great Northern Railroad. From 1946 to 1950, he worked construction for his brother-in-law in Alvarado, Minnesota.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1950-1954. He was stationed in the Pacific on Kwajalein, Guam and Philippines. Upon completing his military service, he returned to Mora and worked for Blaw Knox. There he met his wife, Janet Carlson, and they were united in marriage on Sept. 21, 1957, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora. The couple had two daughters, Teresa and Karin. In 1964 he started working as a semi-truck driver for Land O’ Lakes hauling ice cream until his retirement in 1991.
He enjoyed restoring antique farm tools and wheelbarrows, old and new cars, camping, traveling, auctions, cutting wood, semi-trucks and large equipment. He loved spending time with family and friends. He was always ready and willing to help others. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In 2006, after injuries from a tour bus accident in Mexico, he assumed much of his wife’s care. He was an extraordinary caregiver. He lovingly took on this role until his own health declined at which time he and his wife relocated to Cambridge.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Edward (Ruth) Anderson; sisters, Jessie (Daniel) Hanson and Mildred (Chester) Dahlgren; niece Kay Berry; nephews, John Hanson, Richard Hanson and Thomas Dahlgren.
He is survived by his wife Janet of Cambridge; children, Teresa (Stephen) Brown and Karin (Robert) Goebel; grandchildren, Jessica (Joel) Edwall, Allison (Omar) Flores Goebel, Stephanie (Tony) Blankers, Laura Goebel and Kurt Brown; great-grandson Melvin Blankers; sister Eva Harapat; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora with Rev. Mike Rue officiating. Music was provided by Betty Smith and Randy Reynolds. Burial was in the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery. Memorial gifts will be designated to Walker Methodist Levande, St. Croix Hospice and the Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Arrangements by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.