Ernest Arthur Anderson was born Nov. 17, 1920, at Overdale Farm in Gilman township, Pierce County, Wis. He was the second child of Nim Christopher and Dena Gurina (Danielson) Anderson.
He was a lifelong member of St John’s Lutheran Church. He was Baptized by the Reverend Berven Dec. 19, 1920, and confirmed June 10, 1934.
Ernest attended Gilman Mines rural school and then went on to Spring Valley High School to graduate with the class of 1939. Ernest left Spring Valley in 1941 to work for Douglas Aircraft in Hawthorne, Calif. He worked on building medium bombers and later dive bombers, he then moved to experimental aircraft division working on the tail sections. Ernest entered the U.S. Navy in Aug. 1944, and served in the South Pacific until June 1946.
Ernest returned to Spring Valley and married Frances Rollofson Aug. 21, 1946, at St. John’s. Lutheran Church in a candlelight ceremony. They began farming in Gilman township. This union was blessed with five children, Byron, Sandra, Brenda, Andrea and Kevin. The Anderson’s farmed until 1976. Ernest drove school bus for 17 years for Spring Valley Schools. Ernest worked for Vollrath Refrigeration in River Falls, retiring in 1993. They then moved to Menomonie. Ernest worked at Lever Brothers Grocery as a delivery route driver for the Bakery. During this time, Ernest and Frances traveled throughout The U.S. visiting various historical sites and spending time with relatives. They also went on a guided tour of Norway. Ernest retired in 2010 at the age of 90, his final job was working a land fill attendant for various sites in Dunn County.
As Ernest aged, his attention switched to activities of his family, especially the grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. He had to know what they were doing and that they were ok. Family was Ernest’s main interest throughout his life with family gatherings being his main focus and Holidays were especially important. Going to church on Sundays was very important, especially worshipping with four generations of Andersons. Ernest always appreciated the congregation of St. Johns for their kindness and support during his life. Ernest was featured in an article, profiling his life story written by Kaye Bird which appeared in the Sun Argus. His last social event was riding on the St. Johns Float for 50th Annual Dam Days this past September
Ernest entered the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center Oct. 2, 2017, and passed away quietly Tuesday, Oct. 31, 3017.
Ernest was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Anderson Nov. 14, 2012; his parents, Nim and Dena Anderson; his uncle, A. Ludwig Anderson; his sister, Trudella Anderson; his brother, Minnard Anderson; son-in-law, Lee Webb; daughter-in-law, Doris Anderson.
Ernest survivors include his five children, Byron Anderson of Menomonie, Sandra Webb of River Falls, Brenda Anderson of Menomonie, Andrea (Gary) Johnson of Menomonie, and Kevin (Valerie) Anderson of Spring Valley; eleven grandchildren, Kristine Webb, Sherri Webb, Aaron (Stacie) Anderson, Cindy (Sam) Meyers, Hilary (Tom) Boyer, Brian (Michelle) Webb, Ashley Johnson, Sabrina (Jake) Hemmerling, Amaris (Rob) Moore, Gabriel Johnson and Cyrus (Lori) Anderson; 26 great-grandchildren, sisters, Nethis Peterson of Stillwater, Minn., Erva Lundgaard of River Falls, Florence Gullickson of Eau Claire; and sister-in-law, Della Anderson of Fredric.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, with visitation noon to time of service. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery Spring Valley.
Pall Bearers are the grandsons and grandsons-in-law.
Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled arrangements.