Clarence Arthur Anderson, age 99, of East Bethel died May 8, 2023 at Cedar Creek Senior Living in East Bethel. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, MAY 17th at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in East Bethel. A visitation will be held 1 1/2 hours prior to the funeral at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Clarence will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Myrtle; 7 children and families.
Clarence Arthur Anderson was born April 12, 1924 in Forest Lake, Minnesota to Arthur and Hildur (Larson) Anderson. In 1931 the family moved from Forest Lake back to the farm in East Bethel. From 1931 – 1937 he attended Lone Elm School House and from 1938 – 1942 he went to St. Francis High School. Clarence served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1944 – 1947. On May 7, 1949 he married Myrtle Pochardt in Hancock, Minnesota. Clarence was confirmed and a member at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, was a member of the St. Francis American Legion and of East Bethel Senior Citizens. Clarence used his carpenter skills to build houses and enjoyed making many different things out of wood, including his casket. Clarence also enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Boundary Waters, trapping, traveling to see family and friends and cherished their trips to Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Australia, Ecuador, and took much pride in his vegetable garden and especially his flower gardens.
Clarence passed away May 8, 2023 at Cedar Creek Senior Living in East Bethel at the age of 99 years and 26 days. Clarence is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur & Hildur; brothers, Eugene & Kenneth (Bud); sister, Carolyn (Sis); son, Brian; grandson, Jonathan; great-grandson, Ryan; and daughter-in-law, Dottie.
Clarence will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Myrtle; children, Bruce (Ruth) Anderson, Kathy (John) Degerstedt, David (Cheryl) Anderson, Ruth (Dale) Wojciechowski, Julie (Randy) Lind, Merri (Kirk) Harrison, and Valerie (Colin) Johnson; brother, Donnie (Sherri) Anderson; 22 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren and many other close family and friends.
Elaine Holly Schultz says
Clarence was a wonderful uncle ❤️ to say the least! He was always ready to share a story and smile. I so wish that I had taken more time to visit and hear more stories of his life. He will be so missed here but welcomed home by those we love.
Janet Bolander says
Our sincerest condolences go out to to Auntie Myrtle and the rest of the Anderson family during this difficult time😢. Uncle Clarence was so loved and a kind and generous man none of us will forget…his memories will be with us forever. While I thought Clarence liked me a lot, as his niece, I soon realized I didn’t hold a candle in comparison to Clarence’s relationship with my husband, Mike😂! The two of them could’ve talked for hours and after every hug and kiss to greet Clarence, his first question would always be “Where’s Mike?”🤣. They were two peas in a pod when together and we will miss Clarence’s infectious smile and wit!! We love you all❤️🥰.
Kurt Findorff says
clarence was the best
my condolences to you all
I have many fond memories
he’s certainly a member (top ten) of the all-time east bethel greats, an icon for sure, his like won’t be seen those parts again ..
Mickie Knouse says
My deepest condolences to the family of Clarence Anderson. Sending my prayers and hugs to all of you.
Mickie Michelle Knouse
Barbara Kilian says
I enjoyed your trips to Texas. You were a joy to be around.
My deepest condolences for Clarence’s passing. Clarence brought immense joy to our family. His soft spoken voice and powerful love for his family was exceptional..