John Allen “Jack” Anderson, 83, Nevis, died at home on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov, 6, at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
John was born on July 13, 1938, to Elmer and Darlene (Moon) Anderson in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He grew up and attended country school near Steen and then in Hills, where he graduated from high school in 1956. He attended college at Augsburg where he earned his education degree in 1960.
He married Doris Hengeveld on June 19, 1959, in Hills. He taught biology and physical education and coached at Atwater Schools for two years. He then took a position at Willmar Junior High School for 30 years, serving mostly as the school principal. He later worked at the Prairie Lakes Detention Center in Willmar prior to his retirement. In 2003 the couple moved to Lake Belle Taine near Nevis, where they have resided since.
Jack was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, reading and nature. He had a lifelong love of nature and could name just about any bird he saw. He loved to read the daily newspaper. His greatest joy was time spent with family. He loved to cook as well. He and Doris enjoyed wintering in Rockport, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Anderson, of Nevis; son John Anderson of Eden Prairie; two daughters, Laura (Todd) Erickson of Milwaukie, Oregon, and Christine (Arthur Curren) of St. Anthony Village; two sisters, Judy (Melvin) Elbers of Round Rock, Texas, and Victoria Troop of Homer, Alaska; his grandchildren, Dylan (Ashlee) Erickson, Noah Erickson, Chloe Erickson, Liam Erickson and Hayes Anderson Unze; his sister-in-law, Bonnie Hengeveld of Sioux Falls; and his brother- and sister-in-law Les and Linda Hengeveld of Valley Springs, South Dakota.
He was preceded in death by his parents and many aunts and uncles.
Arrangements are provided by Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids, ceasefuneralhome.com