Obituary of Donald Anderson
Donald Eugene Anderson was born June 18, 1930, in Hollywood, CA, the son of Arthur “Red” and Adelle (Spaulding) Anderson. At 4 months of age the family moved back to Lamberton, MN. Don married the love of his life, Dolores on August 23, 1951. Donald enlisted in the Air Force in March of 1951 and served until March of 1955. He spent 18 months at Naha Air Base in Okinawa. Upon returning from serving his country, he worked at Andy’s Motor Service for one year with his dad in Lamberton. He moved his family to Minneapolis in 1957 where he was an airplane mechanic over the years with Braniff, Flying Cloud, North Central, Republic, and Northwest Airlines. After retirement in 1992, Don and Dolores moved to Pine River, MN Upper Whitefish Lake enjoying all the beauty the lake area had to offer and spending winters in Apache Junction, AZ.
Don’s passion was airplanes, cars (motors), woodworking, fishing, and boating. He was a “jack of all trades”. He will be remembered for always helping others with any project needing done.
In the last 10 years Don’s eyes were failing, due to Macular Degeneration, but he loved his music (Big Band, Gospel, and Country) and listening to the Twins and Wild games. His greatest enjoyment was being with family and watching the little grandkids play.
Donald was a resident of Commons on Marice in Eagan, MN where he passed away on Sunday morning, August 28, 2022, at the age of 92. He will remain forever in our hearts.
He is survived by his three children - Gail (Jim “Butch”) Morrison of Ottawa, KS, Gary (Debbie) Anderson of Chaska, MN, Jeff (Lori) Anderson of Eagan, MN; 6 grandchildren - Jenise Mraz of Wellington, KS, Greg (Brittney) Nelson of Overland Park, KS, Kristi (Matthew) Woods, of Indian Trial, NC, Jon (Nicole) Anderson of Hamburg, MN, Melanie Anderson of Minneapolis, MN, Brian Anderson of San Luis Obispo, CA, 7 great grandchildren - Dylan and Abby Mraz, Lucas and Avery Nelson, Emma, Olivia, and Ethan Woods; sister Sharon Yackel of N. Chili, NY, and many other relatives and dear friends. Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dolores Irene Anderson, and brother-in-law Richard Yackel.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in Donald Eugene Anderson's honor to Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation 1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 260, St. Paul, MN 55114