John Anderson

Johnie Alfred Anderson, 85, Rock Rapids, Iowa, died Monday, May 29, 2017, at the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Luverne.

A funeral was Saturday, June 3, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids. Burial followed at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

John Anderson was born May 30, 1931, to Conrad and Clara (Tvietnes) Anderson in Akron, Colorado. When he was a young child, his family moved to a farm northeast of George, Iowa. He attended George Community School. After his education, he remained living with his parents and helped with the family farm. On Nov. 19, 1951, John entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Korea. He received his honorable discharge on Nov. 13, 1953, and returned to the George area to work on the family farm. He was a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve until 1959.

John married Mary Marie Peterson on June 8, 1956, in Luverne. They moved to Sibley, Iowa, in 1960, where he sold Mormon Feed. The family then moved to a farm near Rock Rapids, where he worked for Harry Rasmussen as a handyman. He then began working for Telford Plumbing & Heating in Rock Rapids. During this time, he received his education from Sheldon Community College and completed his apprenticeship and eventually his Journeyman’s License and began his own business. John’s Plumbing & Heating in 1973. He retired in December 2011.  John’s pride was his family, his business and building his own home for his family.

John was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rock Rapids, Rex Strait Post No. 103, American Legion of Rock Rapids and the Lion’s Club of Rock Rapids. He enjoyed collecting toy tractors, woodworking, and camping with his family. John always looked forward to having coffee with his friends.  

He is survived by his wife, Mary Anderson, Rock Rapids; two daughters, Rhonda (Lyle) Olson, Steen, and Tamara (Mark) Dillingham, Spirit Lake, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Jeremy (Stacy) Olson and their children, Ashley, Jakob, Rylee and Carly, Erika (Brad) Thedens and their children, Clay, Zack and Zoe, Hailey Olson, Heather Anderson and her children, Devin and Ryan, Meghan (Dave) Sierck and their children, Dawson and Gabrielle, Rachel Anderson, Landon Dillingham and Dylan Anderson; a brother-in-law, Marvin (Mary) Peterson, Rock Rapids; a sister-in-law, Lillian Peterson, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Randall Anderson; a brother, Milton Anderson; and other brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Arrangements were by Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, Iowa, www.jurrensfuneralhome.com.

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