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Evan J. Anderson, 23

Evan James Anderson, age 23, of Williston, ND, formerly of Cokato, died Friday evening, Oct. 21, 2011, in an automobile accident.

He was born June 10, 1988, in Buffalo, the son of Kenneth and Greta (Leukuma) Anderson. Evan grew up in the Cokato area, attended the Dassel Cokato High School, and received his GED in 2007.

Evan was a member of the First Apostolic Lutheran congregation of Dassel at the time of his death.

He was employed by Joe’s Casing and Drilling in Williston, ND, working in the oil fields in and around Williston. A hard worker, Evan enjoyed the excitement of the oil fields.

He loved spending time with his friends, and always had time for his family.

Evan loved the outdoors and could often be found hunting or fishing. He was a very social person, who always had friends wherever he went.

Evan will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and special friend, Samantha.

He is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Greta Anderson of Cokato; siblings Brandon Anderson of Hutchinson, Cullen Anderson of Williston, ND, Nolan Anderson, Isaac Anderson, both of Cokato, Brianna (Dean) Simonson of Monroe, WA, Anneli Anderson of Cokato, Kirsti (Hunter) Lundeen of Monroe, WA, Madelyn Anderson, Anna Anderson, and Elli Anderson, all of Cokato; grandmother Ruth Leukuma of Cokato; nieces Milan, Sevilla, and Vivian; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Evan was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Albert and Martha Anderson; and maternal grandfather, Carl Leukuma.

The funeral service took place Thursday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church, rural Dassel, with Mark Koivisto officiating. Interment was at the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.

Visitation was Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church, rural Dassel and continued Thursday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the funeral arrangements.