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Arnold W. Anderson, 84

Arnold “Arnie” Walter Anderson, age 84, of Dassel, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at the Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel.

The funeral service will be Monday, Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m., at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato, with the Rev. Lyndon Korhonen officiating. Interment will be at the Lake Arvilla Cemetery in rural Dassel.

Visitation was Sunday evening, Oct. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato, and will continue Monday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are being handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

Arnie was born Aug. 11, 1927, in Kingston Township, Meeker County, the son of Arthur and Senja (Soderback) Anderson. He grew up in the Kingston area, attended the Big Swan Lake country school (district 6), and graduated from Dassel High School in 1946.

After high school, Arnold served his country in the United States Army in Korea.

Arnold was united in marriage to Alice Joanne Magnuson June 13, 1953, at the United Methodist Church in Kimball. The couple made their home in Kingston, and then bought a farm in Kingston Township in 1959.

In 1992, Arnie moved off the farm, and since the late 1990s, he has made his home in Dassel.

Arnie was a very good farmer. He enjoyed the time on his tractor, planting the seed and harvesting the crop.

He also loved to spend time with his family and friends. He enjoyed singing and was a member of the Litchfield Area Male Chorus.

Arnie actively served as a hospice volunteer. He could be found throwing a line to catch a fish, or hunting for pheasants and ducks in his younger years. He also always enjoyed deer hunting in early November, and had taken many trips to northern Minnesota hunting for that elusive buck.

Arnie was an avid baseball fan, had tried out for the Major League farm team, and played many years for the Kingston Kings.

His greatest love was his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, followed by his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was actively involved in their lives.

A member of the Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato, Arnie loved the time he spent with his church family. He had a heart for missions and traveled to Brazil, Nicaragua, Romania, the Philippines, and Turkey.

He will be missed deeply by his family and friends.

Arnie is survived by his children, Kevin (Cindy) Anderson of Little Falls, Cindy (Pat) Voelker of Osage, IA, and Craig (Angie) Anderson of Dassel; eight grandchildren, Carisa (Steve) Lalim, Katy Voelker, Luke Anderson, Andrew (Rachel) Voelker, Aaron Anderson, Adam Anderson, Thomas Voelker, and Abigail Voelker; and four great-grandchildren, Cade Lalim, Livi Lalim, Benjamin Voelker, and Maxwell Voelker.

He is further survived by siblings Art (Mildred) Anderson, Louise (Lawrence) Kilpela, all of Cokato, Harold Anderson, Carold (Lois) Anderson, all of Dassel, and Margaret (Douglas) Engelson of Litchfield; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Arnie was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, Feb. 17, 1990; his parents; two brothers, Donald and James Anderson; and two sisters, Mildred Nelson and Elaine Roupsa.