Raymond D. Anderson, 92, Luverne, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne.
Raymond Anderson was born Jan. 13, 1924, to Edmund and Marie (Renaas) Anderson on the family farm in Sanborn County, near Woonsocket, South Dakota. He attended country school through the eighth grade and high school in town. Due to the tough times, at age 16, Ray moved with his grandparents to Oakland, California, where he found work while continuing school. The summer before his senior year, Ray was drafted into the United States Army and was transferred to the Army Air Corps. He served during World War II as an aerial engineer and gunner. Ray flew over 35 missions from the southern part of Italy through northern Europe in a B-24 Bomber plane. Ray returned to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he finished as a sergeant of the Air Guards. On Oct. 3, 1945, he received his honorable discharge from the service. He returned to Woonsocket and farmed for one year with his family. He then worked at the local lumberyard and then at a lumberyard in Pipestone and in Luverne. He then began working for Pat’s Plumbing in Luverne.
On May 2, 1952, Ray married Jennie Tinklenberg at the Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church in Leota. The couple lived in Luverne. In 1961 Ray took a plumber position at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and retired after 25 years in 1986. Ray remained very active with volunteer work and working on his house or in his yard. Ray and Jennie moved to an apartment near Veterans Pond for four years and then to The Oaks for four years. In June 2016 Ray became a resident at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
Ray was baptized Feb. 24, 1928, at Silver Creek Church in Artesian, South Dakota. He was confirmed July 2, 1939, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Woonsocket. He was currently a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne, where he had served in the past as an elder. He was a member of the Last Man Club and Glen’s Coffee Club. He was also a member of the VFW and Luverne Lions Club, where he had served as a president. He enjoyed having a cup of coffee with friends, traveling throughout the country, and putting puzzles together.
Ray is survived by his wife, Jennie; two sons, Terry Anderson, St. Paul, and Todd (Veronica) Anderson, Oak Grove; a daughter, Janine (Darwin) Brands,, Luverne; four grandchildren, Nathan Brands, Amanda (Matt) Hoffenkamp, Jessica Brands, and Cassondra (Glenn) Yonzon; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth Anderson and Jerome (Leslie) Anderson, all of Woonsocket; and a sister, Darlene Smith, Montague, California.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Merlin; and a brother, Donley Anderson.
Arrangements are by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www. hartquistfuneral.com