Arthur William Anderson, age 93, of Cokato, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at the Hutchinson Area Hospital.
He was born Sept. 9, 1918, in Kingston Township, the son of Arthur P. and Senja Anderson. Arthur was raised on the farm and attended Big Swan Lake School.
He went to work on the Great Northern Railroad as a bridge builder on the Mesabi Division.
Art married Mildred Louise Johnson of Dassel Sept. 27, 1941, and continued with the railroad until he went into the Army in July of 1942. Art served his country for 39 months, and was part of the Normandy Invasion in France, along with tours in England, Germany, Belgium, and Holland.
After his return from the Army, he and Millie farmed in the Lamson area for 47 years, where Art was part of various ministries at Lamson Ev. Free Church. They raised four children, Kathryn, Eileen, Shirley, and Loren.
Art and Millie moved from the farm into Cokato in 1994, and have been attending Elim Mission Church, where Art was an elder.
After retirement, he and Millie enjoyed many years of volunteer work with the food shelf and traveling with Christian Campers.
Art was well-known for his strong Christian faith, and he was a role model to his family and many others.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred; his children, Kathryn Nyquist of Cokato, Eileen (David) Harman of Clear Lake, Shirley (Greg) Matuseski of Ramsey, and Loren (Barbara) of Waconia; 10 grandchildren, Brent (Amy) Nyquist, Kristin (Eric) Dahlke, Kerry (Joshua) Schimmel, Anna Harman, Mark Matuseski, Kati Matuseski, Kelsey Matuseski, Kyle Matuseski, Jason Anderson, and Michelle Anderson; and four great-grandchildren, Evan, Eli, and Ian Schimmel; and Regan Nyquist.
He is further survived by siblings Harold Anderson, Carold (Lois) Anderson, all of Dassel, Louise (Lawrence) Kilpela of Cokato, and Margaret (Douglas) Engelson of Litchfield.
Art was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Donald, Arnold, and Jim; and two sisters, Mildred Nelson and Elaine Ruopsa.
The funeral service took place Saturday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Elim Mission Church in Cokato with Pastor Wally Glucklich officiating. Interment was at the Steelesville Cemetery, rural Dassel.
Visitation was Friday, Nov. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Elim Mission Church in Cokato, and continued Saturday, one hour prior to the service, at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the funeral arrangements.