Published 12:00 am Monday, December 29, 2008
Russell A. Anderson
Long time Austin resident Russell Alvin Anderson passed away early on Dec. 28.
Born near Owatonna in 1919, Russell spent his entire life in Minnesota, except for his years in the Army during World War II. Known to almost everyone as simply “Russ” or “Andy,” he married Elizabeth Granowski in May of 1939. Russ and Betty had a daughter Donna Jean Anderson (Wiley). Russ began work at the Hormel Company in early 1942, but was called away to military service in Europe. He returned two years later and resumed employment at Hormel, where he remained until retirement in 1981. During his many years at Hormel, a great many beginning employees learned the ropes from Andy Anderson, who was always willing to help. Russ Anderson led an active life of varied interests. He and Betty owned and rode horses for many years. An avid motorcycle enthusiasts, they rode to Alaska when they were in their 60’s. Russ was a master with his hands and tools; able to repair or fabricate almost anything. He built his home with the help of friends, digging the basement with a team of mules. He loved to fish, and he and Betty owned several little places along the Mississippi River. They often ice fished. In later years Russ and Betty enjoyed time in Arizona, where he developed as many friendships as he had in Minnesota. He was a member of the American Legion, Moose and Eagles Clubs and the VFW.
Russell A. Anderson is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Donna (Warren); brothers, Ray (Marion) Anderson, Owatonna, Tom (DeLoyce) Anderson, Barnesville; sister, Evelyn Standke, New Richland; he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and hundreds of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Mabel Anderson and sister, Ardis Blastervold.
Services will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family asks that friends lend their strong support to the Hospice program.