Donald L. "Dony" Anderson

Born: Thu., Sep. 16, 1937
Died: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020


1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sat., Jan. 25, 2020
Location: Woodland Hills Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

5:00 PM Sat., Jan. 25, 2020
Location: Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel

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   Donald L. “Dony” Anderson, age 82 of Lake Crystal, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 at his rural home, surrounded by his family.
   A Celebration of Don’s Life will be Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 5:00 P.m. at Woodland Hills Chapel in Mankato, with Pastor John Malm officiating. Interment will be in Hebron Cemetery, rural Judson, at a later date.
   The Anderson Family will greet friends on Saturday afternoon, from 1-5 P.M. prior to services at Woodland Hills Funeral Home.
   Don was born to Donald and Emma (Lee) Anderson at Mankato on September 16, 1937, and spent his life growing up and living on the family farm south of Judson, MN. He was educated at area schools, and was married to Enid Signa Oanes on June 26, 1966, at Waverly Lutheran Church, rural Trimont.
   Don is survived by his beloved wife, Enid; children, Kristin Anderson, Dian (Chris) Anderson-Batson, Brian (Tracy) Anderson and Joel Anderson; grandsons, Nikko Batson, Louis Batson, Forrest Batson, and Gage Anderson; brothers, Alfred “Jerry” (Jackie) Anderson and Terry (Vicki) Anderson; sister, Karen Anderson; brothers-in-law, Jon Oanes, Peter (Lorraine) Oanes and Dean Oanes and extended family. Proceeded in death by his parents, Donald and Emma (Lee) Anderson and infant son.
   Don’s life revolved around his love of the land, farming, and his family and friends. He always had time for his children and family. He raised breeder turkeys with his father on the farm near Judson, and then on his own. In his later years, after retiring from the turkey business, he had a storage business, Anderson Storage. He was always busy with various side jobs, including driving semi, hauling turkeys, shavings, grain and feed, and was also the “fix-it man” for the Edenvale Nursery for many years.
   Don liked to do woodworking; tinkering and fixing things for himself and others. Don gained a number of lifelong friends during his 8 years in the National Guard. He enjoyed his Oliver tractors, collecting and restoring 8 (including his first Oliver) and taking them to local tractor shows. He had fun snowmobiling with his family and friends and in the annual trip up north. He had fun with camping, “UNO” and “College Play” groups, friends and family get-togethers and trips. Don enjoyed being a “Snowbird” for almost 20 years, escaping the winter’s cold and making new friends, first in Sarasota, Florida, and then Apache Junction, Arizona. He was very active with the park members, doing different activities ranging from events, to building structures in the park, to fruit picking (coordinated it for 10 years), and volunteering at the Superstition Museum, restoring and building    whatever was needed.
   Don gave freely of his time in the community with organizations and in helping others. If there was a disaster, he was there to help with cleanup. He always had time for friends and neighbors. He was very active in his home congregation of Bethany Lutheran Church, Judson, and on the board of the Hebron Cemetery. He was a member of the Jaycee’s and Lions Club, being a president of both. He helped in the building of homes for Habitat for Humanity.
   If you wish to donate money in his name please consider the following:
St. Croix Hospice
Hebron Cemetery Association
Mankato Area Parkinson’s Support Group
VINE Respite Care
Bethany Lutheran Church

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Jennifer Lilly
   Posted Sat January 18, 2020
My sympathy to you, Kristin. Sounds like your dad was a good man.

Roger &Carol Jones
   Posted Sat January 18, 2020
Enid & Family, Sending our deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of your beloved husband and father. Don was a great man and just know how much he will be missed! Prayers to all!

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