Arthur L. Anderson, age 84, of Dassel, formerly of Litchfield, died Thursday, April 15, 2010, at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.
Arthur was born Sept. 11, 1925, near Manannah, the son of Arthur B. and Maybelle Anderson.
He attended school in Manannah and Grove City.
Art served in the US Navy during World War II, from 1944 to 1946, and was stationed in the Pacific.
Upon his return from Japan, he promptly married the love of his life, Betty Chellin, May 24, 1946.
Art and Betty began their life together by farming near Grove City. In 1958, they moved to Litchfield, where they owned and operated an oil bulk dealership and trucking business.
In 1973, Art and Betty purchased a farm outside Litchfield near Lake Ripley. When they sold their farm in 1986, they built a new home, also near Lake Ripley.
Art continued to drive truck until 1996, when they both finally retired, and began “motorhoming” the winters in Arizona, Texas and Florida. Several of Art’s favorite road trips would have to include Nova Scotia, Banff, and the Texas hill country.
Of course, they spent multiple hours watching the Twins at their Fort Myers spring training camp. Art was a huge fan of the Twins, Vikings, and Timberwolves but if some other team was playing, he’d find a way to watch them, too.
Art’s most valued and treasured time was spent with his beloved wife, Betty. He was well known as a trickster and a jokester, and many found empty Pepsi cans in their slippers or a rock in their purse. He loved to laugh and tease, and was a joy to all.
Art is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters Bonnie (Minneapolis) and Kimathie (Chanhassen); grandchildren Tony Anderson, Heidi Lee, both of Florida, Sashi Anderson of California, and Krysta Nelson of Culebra, PR; seven great-grandchildren, Jordan, Blair, Michaela, Arie, Lexi, Taya, and Kya; brother and sisters-in-laws Kermit and Evelyn Chellin of Grove City, and Sally and Gene Bak of Florida; and many special nephews and nieces and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Barry, in 2000; his parents; Betty’s parents, Lloyd and Gladys Chellin; a sister, Geraldine; and six brothers, Newell, Richard, Harlan, Gerald, Donald, and Lloyd.
A memorial service took place Monday, April 19 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel. with the Revs. Keith Carlson, Vernon Anderson, and Wallace Pratt officiating. Interment of the urn was at the Lake Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.