Wilton Leroy Anderson, age 83, of Dassel, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at the Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
He was born Dec. 14, 1925, on the family farm on the north shore of Spring Lake, the son of Fredrick (F.W.) and Jenny (Swanson) Anderson.
Wilton gradtuated from the Dassel High School in 1943.
He was then inducted into the US Navy and served from June of 1944 until July of 1946. Upon being discharged from the Navy, Wilton returned to Dassel.
Wilton was united in marriage to Delores Fortney June 26, 1955, at the Bowdon Lutheran Church in Bowdon, ND.
They made their home in Dassel, where Wilton was the plant manager for Universal Labs from 1950, until the plant locked its doors in 1979. He then was employed by ACCO Seed as a regional sales manager for central Minnesota and northern Minnesota.
After retiring from sales, Wilton delivered Meals on Wheels and drove the special needs bus for the Dassel-Cokato School District for several years, treating every child that entered his bus as one of his own.
He was an active member of the Paul F. Dille American Legion in Dassel, serving on the memorial rifle squad for over 60 years. He was also a member of the Dassel Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years.
Wilton loved to spend time golfing and bowling, and had taken flying classes with a couple of friends.
He had served as a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church Council, was a deacon, a trustee, sang in the church choir, greeted, and ushered.
He had also served as a member of the Dassel City Council for nine years, and was a member of the Dassel Commercial Club.
Wilton will deeply be missed by his family and his many friends.
He is survived by his wife, Delores Anderson of Dassel; sons Paul Anderson of Bedford, VA, and Steven Anderson of St. Cloud; two grandchildren, Nathan and Brandon Anderson; a sister, Bernice (Lester) Schulz of Glencoe; several nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Arlene (Robert) Busse of Henderson, MN.
Wilton was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service took place Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. Music was provided by pianist, Terri Orzolek, who played a piano instrumental, “On Eagles’ Wings.” The organist was Florine Osness. Soloist, Sheldin Hedin sang “Beautiful Savior.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.” Interment of the urn followed the service at the Dassel Cemetery.
A time to gather with family and friends took place Monday evening, Oct. 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and visitation continued Tuesday, one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.