Leland Everett Anderson, age 93, of Brainerd, formerly of Dassel, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Bethany Good Samaritan Society in Brainerd.
He was born Sept. 30, 1921, and grew up in Dassel.
When World War II beckoned, Leland joined the 1304 Army - Air Force Base Unit in the China/Burma/India theatre as a ground to air communications specialist on a B24 Liberator, carrying supplies from India over “The Hump” (Himalaya Mountains) to China, and logging over 1,000 hours in the air.
Lee married Lenore Hanson Dec. 27, 1946, in Dassel, and the couple raised two daughters, Susan and Kay.
Leland was a resident of Brainerd for over 63 years. Early in his career, he was a field salesman for the Turkey Feed Division of General Mills, and later, International Milling Co. Following that, he was Crow County planning and zoning inspector until retirement.
Lee was active in the Shiners, Masons, Elks Lodge 615, American Legion Post 255, and as a member of First Lutheran Church.
An avid outdoorsman, Lee loved hunting and fishing, trapping, wild-ricing, and berry picking. His skill earned him a tour as a fishing guide in the Arctic Circle, and after retirement, guiding hunters and fisherman on Leech Lake.
Never one to sit around, Lee freelanced as a licensed septic and water quality inspector, and started a tree cutting service with friends, in which he was active until age 89, when his physical condition prevented him from climbing.
Lee will be forever missed by his daughters, Susan Anderson of Bloomington, and Kay (Lee) Oling of Duluth; grandsons Adam Oling and Drew (Erin) Oling; sister Ethel Warwick; as well as nieces, nephew, and the many friends he made throughout his life.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lenore (Hanson) Anderson; parents, Pete and Marie (Elmquist) Anderson; and a sister, Bertha (Anderson) Ledin.
A memorial service took place Friday, Jan. 23 at 11:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd, with visitation from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the church.
Memorials are preferred to the Rehabilitation Center at Bethany Good Samaritan and First Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Halvorson Johnson Funeral & Cremation Care, Brainerd Chapel, handled the arrangements; www.halvorson-johnson.com.