Kenneth M. Anderson age 87 of Redwood Falls passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Parkview Nursing Home in Belview. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 24 at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home. Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and will continue one hour prior to services on Monday. Burial will be in the Belview Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kenneth Mervin Anderson was born on September 13, 1929 at Tower City, North Dakota to Helen Gould Anderson and John E. Anderson. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith on December 15, 1930. After the loss of his mother at age four, he and his siblings were blessed with their new mom, Gladys Hetland, and more brothers and sisters. The family moved to Springfield, Minnesota where he grew up with a loving extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Ken was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on July 2, 1944 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Springfield. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War from May 1953-May 1955 and was stationed in Orleans, France for one year. After the war, Ken returned to farming in Springfield and served with the Brown County Civil Defense police. He was united in marriage to Carol Yvonne Schrupp on June 21, 1964 at Brownton, Minnesota. They made their home in Springfield for a short time before moving to their farm at Belview the fall of 1965. The center of Ken’s life was farming with family and other endeavors including the Anderson Feed Store, Vigortone Sales, elevator business and Anderson Café. Ken was active in Belview serving on church, school, and numerous community boards and activities. He enjoyed many activities with family and friends especially the cabin on Green Lake, trips to Canada, one trip to Sturgis, hunting and golfing, many fishing outings and nothing was more enjoyable than a good card game. Throughout life, family always came first bringing treasured memories of the many get-togethers. Ken’s biggest joys were his grandchildren, having them at his house and creating lasting memories on the farm.
Ken is survived by his wife Carol of Belview; children: Jill (Brad) Bengtson of Atwater, Beth (Todd Schroeder) of Marshall, Jon (Anne) of Echo, and Paul (Jenni Wurster) of Mankato; grandchildren: Kendra and Taylor Bengtson, Sara and Ryan Schroeder, Kolten and Jack Anderson. Also surviving are his siblings: Lois Pelowski of Atwater, California, Lloyd (Ruth) Anderson of Belview, Charlotte (Duncan) Gardiner of Bend, Oregon, and sisters-in-law Ardella Anderson of Belview and Michelle Anderson of Springfield. He was preceded in death by his father John E. Anderson, mother Helen Anderson, mother Gladys Anderson, siblings: Doris (Wes) Dahn, John K. Anderson, Judy (Lynn) Nielsen, and Donny Anderson, and brother-in-law Bob Pelowski.
Blessed be his memory.