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Marlyn Anderson, 84

Marlyn Lowell Anderson, age 84, of Litchfield, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at the St. Cloud Hospital with his family surrounding him.

Funeral services will take place Saturday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Ostmark Lutheran Church in rural Watkins. Interment will be in the Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield.

Pall bearers will be “boys that worked with us on the farm.”

There will be visitation Friday, Sept. 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield; continuing Saturday at the church one hour prior to the service.

The Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield is handling the arrangements.

Marlyn was born March 26, 1933, in Kingston Township, to Carl and Gladyce (Bergstrom) Anderson. He attended elementary school in Kingston, and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1951.

In November 1955, Marlyn was called to service with the US Navy, where he served for two years stationed in Brunswick, ME and on the Island of Malta.

Marlyn was united in marriage to Sandra Mae Nelson June 6, 1959, at Ostmark Lutheran Church. Two children, Laurie and Layne, were born to this union.

Marlyn lived his life by the four F’s: Faith, Family, Friends, and Farming. He and Sandra farmed in Forest City and Kingston townships until 2004, when they moved into Litchfield.

Marlyn was active on church and school boards.

Farming was his life. He was so proud to be handing down his farming operation to his son and grandson. Visiting with his friends and talking farming was a great pleasure for him.

Marlyn’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were a source of pride for him. In addition, many benefitted from his wood working skills – tables, wooden crosses, and picture frames.

Marlyn is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughter, Laurie (Jon) Gelschus; son, Layne (Kristy) Anderson; grandchildren Amy (Mike) DuFrene, Bradley Gelschus (fiancée Jane), Tami Merkins (fiancé Nathan), Shelby (Zach) Hedtke, and Ryan Anderson; and great -grandchildren Avery and Brooklynn Gelschus, Malachi and Nathaniel DuFrene, and William and Elouise Merkins; as well as by many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Gladyce; his father- and mother-in-law Birger and Maybelle Nelson; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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