Goodwin Lyle Anderson, age 95, of St. Cloud, formerly French Lake, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
He was born June 5, 1912, in French Lake, on the family farm, to Oscar and Minnie (Hammersberg) Anderson. Goodwin grew up in French Lake, attended Lee School and then Happy Corner School. He also helped on the family farm.
Goodwin entered the US Army March 9, 1942, and served his country until October 20, 1945.
He was married to Lillian Lappi Feb. 13, 1943, in Kingston. Goodwin and Lillian farmed Lillian’s home farm place until they purchased their own farm in French Lake Township at Happy Corner.
Besides farming, Goodwin worked as a carpenter and woodworker in Minneapolis and his home area. He also drove school bus for Holt Transportation for many years.
The couple stayed on the farm until their move to St Cloud in 1992. After moving to St. Cloud, Goodwin worked at Cub Foods for several years. He was very active and always occupied with some project, even after retiring.
Goodwin enjoyed fishing, gardening, and working on wood projects. He was a member of the VFW of South Haven, served on the cemetery board at Sunset Cemetery, was the fire warden and a commissioner in French Lake Township, and also served on the Happy Corner School Board. Spending time with family and grandchildren was very important to Goodwin.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Lillian, of St. Cloud; son Larry (Jumras) Anderson of St Cloud; grandchildren Derek Anderson, Heather Anderson, and Phillip Hammerel, all of St Cloud; sisters-in-law; nieces; and nephews.
Goodwin was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ollie and Gordon; and sisters, Doris Heitenen and Marie Gilmer.
Funeral service took place Friday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato with the Rev. Lyndon Korhonen officiating. Music was provided by Debra Olson. Interment will take place in the spring at Riverside Cemetery.
Arrangements were by the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.