Elmer A. Anderson, age 93, of rural Isanti, went into the arms of Jesus, his Savior April 20, 2020. Surviving Elmer is his wife of 70 years, Henrietta, and their extended family members.
A drive up funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 25th at Oxlip Evangelical Free Church with a drive by visitation starting at 1:30 PM at the church with COVID-19 guidelines. There will be instructions at church on tuning in to the radio to hear the service.
Elmer A. Anderson, of rural Isanti, went into the arms of Jesus, his Savior April 20, 2020. The devoted and loved husband, father, grandfather, great and great-great grandfather, brother and uncle, and World War II Veteran, was 93. He was born at home in rural Isanti on June 18, 1926.
Elmer and his wife of 70 years, Henrietta, made their home in rural Isanti, where they raised their ten children. They lived on a hobby farm where they had large gardens, as well as animals. He was always willing to help others. He was a member of Oxlip Evangelical Free Church and is so very well known for his love and devotion to God, whom he modeled in his own humble, quiet way. He worked for and retired from Honeymead (Minnesota Linseed Oil) and after that he and Henrietta spent nine years as volunteers with the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program.
They also spent lots and lots of time with family as this was so important to Elmer. He often would say he has the ‘best kids ever’! His face would simply light up when any of his children or grandchildren would come into the room! In writing this story of Elmer’s life, each of the children had memories to share! Each one remembers him as loving the Lord, being humble, patient, positive, wonderful, generous, having a great sense of humor (even when he was hospitalized in these past few months), taking the family on camping trips every summer in their youth, hard working, easy going, content, and the best Dad ever! In 1984 he was recognized by the local newspaper in their Father’s Day edition.
Elmer was good with his hands and building things. He could fix just about anything (with duct tape)! He also cut their own firewood and oftentimes this would become a family event. The grandchildren loved it! He will always be remembered as the best Dad and Grandpa in the world!
Elmer and Henrietta’s children are: Dan (MaryLynn) Saande, Hastings; Connie (Gerald) Anderson, Isanti; Terry Anderson, Princeton; Beverly (Bill) Kinderman, Coon Rapids; Donna (Don) Moses, Cambridge; Jeff (Nancy) Anderson, Isanti; Tim (Viva) Anderson, Princeton; Patti (Dwight) Belsheim, (Box Elder, SD; formerly of Mora); Tina (Rich) Blauert, (Blaine); Joel (Michelle) Anderson, Isanti. They have 25 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Bernard Anderson, of rural Isanti.
Julie (wenworth) Glidden says
My deepest sympathy to patty and all your family, I have fond memories of spending time at your home, you were blessed with a loving father, i’m Sure he’s being rewarded now.. blessings.. Julie
Cherie Lundeen says
What a beautiful life lived for the glory of our creator. This world is a better place because of Elmer. He will truly be missed. Our prayers are lifted for your family to have peace and comfort as you learn how to live in this world without him.
Catherine McCarthy says
We are sorry for your loss.
Linda and Tony Miceli says
Connie, Gerald, and Family: He may be ‘gone to heaven now’, but he’ll always be in your heart. Take Care and be Safe during this Covid 19 Pandemic.
Mike and Phyllis Kulenkamp says
We remember serving with Elmer and Henrietta at Broken Arrow Bible camp, many years ago. Elmer always made sure he had his coffee breaks at 10a.m and 2p.m. He was a special man and will be missed by all who knew him. What a blessing it is that he did not have to be alone in his final hour. Praying God will help you during your time of grief to remember all the wonderful years you had together!
Mitch & Sara Nelson says
We began attending Oxlip Church about 17 years ago, and Elmer & Henrietta were among the first ones to reach out to us. They invited us over to their home for lunch, and we enjoyed an outdoor stroll through their gardens. We felt so welcome! From then on, we could look forward to a warm handshake and big smile of greeting from Elmer, and a hug from Henrietta. We’re so sorry…Elmer will be greatly missed. Along with that, we’re also extremely thankful for his life lived with such faithfulness and generosity. May God bless you with comfort and peace during this time.
Don Gustafson says
Sorry for your loss.