Dale Anderson, 72Dale Gilbert Anderson, 72, Alexandria, died in his home on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 with his wife and both of his children by his side.
Dale Gilbert Anderson, 72, Alexandria, died in his home on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 with his wife and both of his children by his side.
Dale was born December 9, 1937 in Windemere Township near Sturgeon Lake to Rudolph and Gladys (Gilbert) Anderson. He graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1955. Dale enlisted in the United States Army in 1955 and served in the Army National Guard until 1963.
Dale worked at Honeywell in Minneapolis for about a year and then moved back to Fergus Falls to work with his father as a carpenter. He attended Wahpeton State School of Science for training in plumbing and pipefitting prior to his marriage to Carol Pederson in September 1960. They had two children, Daniel and Maureen. In 1963, Dale moved his family to Alexandria to take a job as a plumber with Michaelson Plumbing and Heating. He worked as a plumber most of his life and was commonly known around town as “Liquid Plumber.” He took great pride in his work and mentored many apprentices. He was employed by Alex Plumbing and Heating, A & E Plumbing, and Ellingson’s Plumbing and Heating, and was a member of Union Local 236 based in Detroit Lakes.
Dale married Anita Mullen on October 31, 1987 in Alexandria. They enjoyed visiting relatives, spending time with their grandchildren and going to casinos. Dale was a fan of stock car racing and was at Viking Speedway most every Saturday night, often with his son. Dale did not like to be late for anything, and was often hours early for important events. He was very particular with his cars and kept them spotless inside and out, especially his “64” Pontiac Catalina. He could often be found on a Sunday afternoon washing his car. Dale was a man who could fix most anything and took his work very seriously. He was a gentle, kind, fun and loving husband, father, grandpa and friend who thrived on contact with others. It was difficult for him the last few months of his life when he was unable to get out and visit with friends and didn’t have the energy to enjoy his time with his grandchildren. Dale loved his family and will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife, Anita Anderson of Alexandria; son, Daniel (Kathy) Anderson of Brainerd; daughter, Maureen (Randy) Winger of Alexandria; four grandchildren, Jared and Trent Anderson, both of Brainerd, Gage and Madalyn Winger, both of Alexandria; father and mother-in-law, Philip and Elaine Mullen of Alexandria; brothers, Wayne (Joan) Anderson of Chanhassen, Ray (Connie) Anderson of Apple Valley; sisters, Joyce (Terry) Huseth of Underwood, Janice (John) Noplos of Darwin, Deann (Jerry) Haugen of Elbow Lake; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolf and Gladys Anderson; sister-in-law, Mary Mullen; sister-in-law, Susan Anderson; and a number of aunts and uncles.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, January 9 at United Methodist Church in Alexandria with the Rev. Jeff Hansen officiating. Kirk Landman played the organ. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery near Alexandria. Casket bearers were Wayne Anderson, Ray Anderson, Bradley Huseth, Brian Huseth, Bruce Huseth and Randy Huseth. Honorary casket bearers were Arlyn Trenne, Bob Janoski, Harry Zenner, Rocky Thompson, Kenny Newman, Dean Peterson, Terry Huseth, Jerry Haugen and John Noplos.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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