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Melvin A. Anderson, 80

Melvin “Mel” Arthur Anderson, age 80, of Waconia, formerly of Monticello, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 1, 1932, in Blooming Prairie, the son of Myron C. and Alvina (Jacobsen) Anderson. Melvin was baptized as an infant at the First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, and later confirmed in the faith at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin.

Melvin graduated from the Austin High School.

He was united in marriage with Carol B. Hillson Aug. 10, 1952, at the First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie.

Melvin enlisted in the United States Air Force Feb. 10, 1953, where he served until his honorable discharge Feb. 9, 1957. A veteran of the Korean War, Melvin was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

After the service, Melvin studied at the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis to become an electrician. He was employed with Snyder Electric in St. Louis Park for 34 years. He also owned his own lighting fixture business, Anderson Electric, for 10 years.

Melvin was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

After living in Shakopee for 30 years, Melvin lived five years in Eden Prairie, before beginning to winter in Mission, TX, and summer at Traveler’s Country Club in Clear Lake. For the past 10 years, Melvin and Carol have lived in Monticello, and had just become residents of Westview Acres in Waconia this past January.

Melvin loved to travel, whether it was numerous motorhome trips or many vacations to Hawaii and Nashville, TN. He cherished summer days on Lake Koronis with family and friends.

Melvin also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing horseshoes; and had been a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for many years.

He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Myron and Alvina Anderson; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Olaf G. and Elva Hillson.

He is survived by his loving family: wife Carol Anderson of Waconia; children and their spouses, David and Jenny Anderson of Mesa, AZ, Mark and Sherri Anderson of Shakopee, and Amy and Tom Bigot of Delano; grandchildren and their spouses, Kaleb and Kate Anderson, Cory and Catherine Anderson, Kelly and Lydon Toomer, Megan and Zach Menden, Molly and Travis Etzel, Ben Anderson, Zachary Bigot, Cody Bigot, and Hannah Bigot; and great-grandchildren Maggie Mae Anderson, Max Anderson, Zoey Menden, and great-grandbaby number four on the way.

Melvin is further survived by brothers and sisters-in-law LaVerne and Thelma Anderson of Maple Lake, Dean and Sharon Anderson of Omaha, NE, and Dale and Becky Anderson of Austin; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Merle and Dorothy Hillson of Ames, IA, and Gloria and Ron Bonnicksen of Arbor Vitae, WI; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service took place Saturday Nov. 23 at Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia with the Revs. Lee Hallstrom and Helmar Heckel officiating. There was a gathering of family and friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.