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P. Kenneth Anderson, 94

Philip Kenneth (Kenny) Anderson), age 94, of Dassel, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at the Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel.

He was born July 3, 1917, in Dassel, the son of S.P. and Hilda (Haglund) Anderson. As a child, the Anderson family made St. Paul their home, but then returned to Dassel, where Kenny received his education.

As a young man, he worked as a farmer in the Dassel area.

Kenny was inducted into the US Army in March 1941, where he served until his discharge Oct. 1, 1945. He had spent three of those years as a light tank driver in the 160th Battalion, Cannon Company, 40th Infantry Division (mechanized), and served in Hawaii, Guadalcanal, New Britain, and the Philippines.

Following his discharge, Kenny returned to the Dassel community, and was united in marriage to Marian C. Dahl Nov. 9, 1945. They farmed north of Dassel until 1968, when they moved into the city of Dassel.

In 1999, Marian and Kenny moved to the Lakeside Apartments and, due to failing health, Kenny became a resident of the Lakeside Health Care Center in 2003.

A lifelong member of the Dassel Evangelical Covenant Church, where he had been baptized and confirmed, Kenny had served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and along with his wife, Marian, as custodians.

Kenny loved to sing. In his eight years at the nursing home, his singing was evident. As his eyesight failed, he sang from memory at all the sing-a-longs, especially loving the old hymns.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara (Bruce) Elliott of Bayfield, CO, and Sharon (Stuart) Behrens of Litchfield; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and by sisters Ethel Larson of Eden Prairie, and Harriet MacManus of Las Vegas, NV.

Kenny was preceded in death by his wife, Marian, in 2004; his parents; a brother, Roger; and a sister, Meryl Carlson,

Funeral services took place Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment followed at the Dassel Community Cemetery. Special music was provided by Kenny’s son-in-law, Bruce Elliott, with Harvey Peterson as organist.

Kenny’s grandchildren, Micah Behrens, Emily Koterba, Elizabeth Behrens, Kirk Elliott, and Karrie Hardesty, were pallbearers, along with Tim Dahl, Julie Ardoff, and Rebecca Strand.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.