Leroy P. Anderson

Leroy P. Anderson, 79, of Belle Plaine, formerly of Cambridge, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at his home in Belle Plaine. 

Leroy was born in Lindstrom on July 25, 1932 to William and Violet (Strand) Anderson. He attended school and graduated from Cambridge High School. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska.

In the early 1960s Leroy purchased the family farm from his parents and continued to farm until the 1980s. In addition to farming, he was employed full-time at Durkee-Atwood until the company moved out of state. He later worked for Northern Technology International until his retirement in 1997. After his retirement, he was employed as a custodian at Friendship Church.

Leroy was a quite man who dearly loved his wife, children and grandchildren. God was important in his life and he remained active in the churches he belonged to. He was also active in the Republican Party. He enjoyed camping, canoeing and bonfires with his grandchildren. He and Darlene volunteered their time with Minnesota Teen Challenge.

Leroy is survived by his wife Darlene of Belle Plaine; daughter, Cheryl of Denver; two step-children, Michael (Jessica) Roberts of Brownsdale and Michelle (Christopher) Tordsen of Norwood Young America; nine grandchildren; brothers, Bill of Bricelyn, Howard (Gloria June) of Isanti, David of Cambridge, John (Susann) of Huntsville, Ala.; sisters, Margaret Crocker of Cambridge and Karen (Philip) Alm of Isanti; brother-in-law, Dean Lund of Stanchfield; and many nieces and nephews.

Leroy is proceeded in death by his parents, William and Violet Anderson; sister Marie Lund; and brother Alvin.

A Celebration of Life was held October 20, 2011 at New Day Church, New Prague, Minn.