Walton (Wally) Nanard Anderson

obit_anderson.jpgWalton (Wally) Nanard Anderson, 85, passed away January 5, 2011 at Elmhurst Commons Assisted Living in Braham, Minn.
Wally was born on April 20, 1925 at home in Brunswick Township in
Ogilvie, Minn. to Nanard and Hilda (Scott) Anderson. He attended Louis
Lake Monroe District 32 Elementary School and graduated Valedictorian
from Ogilvie High School in 1943, where he played both football and
baseball. Upon graduation he remained working on the family farm where
he continued as a successful farmer until 1984. On March 20, 1961 he
married Gertrude (Gurtie) Fredrickson-Dobe. Although they had no
children together Wally openheartedly accepted Gurtie’s grown children
as family.

Wally was a lifetime member of Siloa Lutheran Church where he was always very active serving on the Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Cemetery Board and any other committees or duties as needed. Baseball was such a part of his life that Wally purchased the land and was instrumental in making sure there was a diamond to play on at Siloa. Wally was a proud member of the National Farmers Organization. Family was very important to Wally. He loved family reunions, large and small. Wally taught all the nephews and grandchildren to drive tractors and eventually cars. Wally loved his John Deer.  You could usually find him on his tractor or with his beloved cows.

Many people benefited from Wally’s large vegetable garden. Wally always had cookies or a home baked cake and the coffee on in case someone stopped by for a visit. If you were a child who was tagging along on a visit to Wally’s he made sure you left with a sweet treat.  He surrounded himself with friends and family. He never met a person, no matter their age, who didn’t call him friend. Wally was always giving of himself graciously to any one who needed a helping hand or listening ear.

Wally lived by Gods rule to love others as you would have them love you. Wally loved dogs, music, the Minnesota Twins (sometimes the Vikings) and reading anything non-fiction, especially his Bible.  Wally was considered the family encyclopedia; he was so knowledgeable and NEVER forgot a fact or date. Wally moved to Elmhurst Commons in December 2007 where he enjoyed participating in the many actives with his friends and the wonderful staff.

Wally was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife, Brother; Ivan Anderson, Sisters; Adeline Anderson, Lenore Anderson, Lorraine Southerland, Niece; Lana Mattson.

He is survived by his brother LeRoy (Joanne) Anderson of Fridley;  sister Deloris Anderson of Columbia Heights; step-children: Darrell (Kathy) Dobe of Andover and Dorothy (Ronald) Rysdam of Braham; many step-grandchildren, and great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan 8 at Siloa Lutheran Church in rural Braham with Rev. Delwayne Hahn and Rev. Rich Chronis presiding.  Music was provided by Siloa Creek Singers.  Pallbearers were Larry Southerland, Lee Southerland, Daren Anderson, David Anderson, Mike Dobe and Lee Rysdam.  Honorary pallbearers were Robert Steffen and Ronald Peterson.  Interment was at Siloa Lutheran Cemetery.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham.