Leslie Edward Anderson, age 93, of Dassel, formerly of Jamestown, NY, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012,, at the Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.
A memorial service will take place Thursday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel. Interment will take place on a later date at the Lakeview Cemetery in Jamestown, NY.
There will be a time to gather with the family one hour prior to the service in Dassel at the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is in charge of the arrangements.
Leslie was born July 10, 1919, in Jamestown, NY, the son of Ernest H. and Emma (Sundin) Anderson. He grew up in Jamestown, and graduated from Jamestown High School in 1937.
Leslie graduated from North Park Junior College in Chicago, IL in 1939. He then attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1943.
Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, Leslie was employed by Bell Aircraft in Buffalo, NY as an aircraft engineer during World War II. He later was employed as the chief plant engineer for Blackstone Corporation in Jamestown from 1947 to 1982.
Leslie was united in marriage to Virginia Johnson April 3, 1945, at the Levan’s Tea Room in Jamestown. In 1947, they moved from Buffalo to Jamestown, where they raised their family.
Leslie moved to Dassel in 2010, where he lived with his daughter and her husband, Susan and Keith Carlson; and then moved into Lakeside Apartments in Dassel, where he formed many friendships.
Leslie enjoyed spending time with his family, and was very proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was an avid University of Michigan sports fan and enjoyed watching their games on television.
He loved to spend time taking care of his home, which he designed and built with the help of his brothers; enjoyed doing the yard work, loved to bowl and fish, collected antique bottles for many years, and enjoyed family vacations on Chautauqua Lake and Lake Erie.
Leslie was a member of the Vikings Ingjald Lodge 65, and a lifetime member of Zion Covenant Church in Jamestown, NY. He will be deeply missed by his family and his friends.
Leslie is survived by his children, Susan (Rev. Keith) Carlson of Dassel, Daniel (Rachel) Anderson of Willmar, and David (Patti Post) Anderson of Gaithersburg, MD; eight grandchildren, Sarah (Chris) Anderson Fiore, Samuel Anderson, Andrew (Anna) Carlson, Kristin Carlson, Timothy (Kelsey) Carlson, Jon (Jessica) Anderson, Myke Anderson, and Lauren (Isaac) Damhof; four great-grandchildren, Nolan, Norah, and Nathan Carlson, and Caden Anderson; a brother, LeRoy (Lois) Anderson; a sister, Audrey Johnson; and a sister-in-law, Mildred Anderson; all of Jamestown, NY.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Virginia, in 1986; a brother, Alvin; and a brother-in-law, Robert Johnson.